MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3, WMA, and AAC
files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with bit
rates from 8 kbps to 320 kbps, WMA files with bit rates from 48 kbps to
192 kbps, and AAC files with bit rates from 16 kbps to 320 kbps are supported.
Variable bit rates are also compatible. Up to a maximum of 255 folders and 510
files per folder can be read from one disc. ID3 tags v1 and v2, and WMA tags
are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3 tag data can be
Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you are playing a disc
with CD Text, ID3, WMA or AAC tags, you can easily search for a track or file 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, and
select it by pressing the play button.
Playback Modes: The Alpine CDA-117 offers Repeat and Random playback
- 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)
Angle Mounting: For proper CD playback, Alpine recommends
mounting the CDA-117 no more that 35° above horizontal.
USB Port: The Alpine CDA-117 features a rear-panel USB type-A port so
you may connect a USB memory device to this head unit. Your connected USB
memory device may contain MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), or AAC (16-320
kbps) music files formatted in FAT
12/16/32. This unit will recognize up to 20 folders and 1,000 files per folder
(20,000 total files). When you plug in your USB memory device the CDA-117 will
automatically identify music files while ignoring other types of files. You can
locate songs quickly and easily with the convenient file and folder search
function, QuickSearch. You can also search your music file by category
(Playlist/Artist/Album/Genre/Composer/Folder) and/or alphabetically. The unit's
USB port will also charge your connected USB device.
Built-In iPod Control:
You can connect your iPod or iPhone to the head unit's rear-panel USB port and
included USB extension using the supplied iPod dock/USB connector cable and get
access to all of your iPod's stored music, right from the head unit (you can
also use the cable that came with your iPod, however, it's not automotive-grade
like the one supplied). With USB connection, your iPod's large music libraries
are loaded instantly through the head unit. Sound quality is maximized by using
USB along with the head unit's D/A converter, allowing for Signal to Noise ratio
up to105dB. Once your iPod is connected, you get convenient control so you can
scroll through all your Categories: Playlists, Artists, Albums, Songs, Genre,
Composers, Podcasts; and view all your song information right from the display
on the head unit. For especially big music libraries, Percentage Search function
uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific parts of a selected category
list (Preset 1: 0% to 16%, Preset 2: 17% to 32%, Preset 3: 33% to 49%, Preset 4:
50% to 66%, Preset 5: 67% to 82%, Preset 6: 83% to 100% of the song library).
You can also search music categories alphabetically. In addition, the CDA-117
provides Repeat and Random playback modes for your iPod/iPhone music. The Alpine
CDA-117 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible when connected via the included
USB/iPod dock cable and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features
| iPod/iPhone Model || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || Song/Artist Text || Track Info |
| dock connector || 3rd || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| clickwheel |
| 4th || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| mini || 1st || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|2nd ||N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.1 PC || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 4.3.5 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || 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 revert to the older software version or
wait until a newer software update is available.
Optional Auxiliary Input: With the optional KCA-121B
Ai-NET/RCA interface cable (500KCA121B,
sold separately) you can input audio from an external audio source.
24-Bit Burr Brown D/A Converter: The CDA-117 uses a 24-bit
Burr Brown 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-channel (at 4 ohms,
20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4-channel (200 total
Power Pack Ready: You can also add-on Alpine's KTP-445 Power Pack (500KTP445,
sold separately) to instantly increase the head unit's power to a true 45-watts x
4-channel (RMS). The Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack connects between the Alpine
head unit and unit's wiring harness.
4V/6CH Pre-out: The CDA-117 has
3-sets (Front/Rear/Sub) of 4-Volt RCA pre-outs 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 dedicated subwoofer output offers
independent level control (0-15) and adjustable phase (Norm/Rev). You can select either System1 or System2 for
the desired subwoofer effect.
- Subwoofer System 1: Subwoofer level changes according
to the main volume setting.
- Subwoofer System 2: Subwoofer level change is different
from the main volume setting; even at low volume settings, the subwoofer is
Power IC Off: When an external amplifier is powering all the speakers in the system, you can
turn the internal amp off, which will improve the sound quality.
High Pass Filter (HPF): The speaker level and front
line level outputs have a selectable high-pass filer (HPF); off (default), 60Hz,
80Hz, or 100Hz.
MX (Media Xpander): The MX (Media Expander) makes vocals or
instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. The FM radio, CD, USB
memory, and iPhone/iPod will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in
vehicles with a lot of road noise.
5-Band EQ/7-Band EQ: The Alpine head unit allows you to adjust its
built-in Parametric EQ or Graphic EQ.
- 5- Band Parametric EQ: The built-in Parametric EQ
allows you to adjust the following 5 frequency bands in 1/3 octave steps
from -6 to +6 dB at a bandwidth Q factor of 1, 2,3, or 4.
- Band 1: 63 Hz to 200 Hz
- Band 2: 160 Hz to 1 kHz
- Band 3: 630 Hz to 4 kHz
- Band 4: 1.6 kHz to 10kHz
- Band 5: 10 kHz to 17.5 kHz
- 7-Band Graphic EQ: The built-in Graphic EQ allows you
to adjust the following 7 frequencies from -6 to +6 dB.
- Frequency 1: 80 Hz
- Frequency 2: 250 Hz
- Frequency 3: 500 Hz
- Frequency 4: 1 kHz
- Frequency 5: 4 kHz
- Frequency 6: 8 kHz
- Frequency 7: 16 kHz
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 of each speaker and subwoofer (6-channel)
to the listener from 0 to 132.7 inches.
Soundfield Presets: You can store up to 6 Parametric/Graphic EQ and T.
Correction settings into the head unit's preset memory, so your custom audio
settings can be recalled quickly.
IMPRINT Sound Upgradeable: The CDA-117 is IMPRINT ready.
Simply add the Alpine IMPRINT PXA-H100 audio processor (500PXAH100,
sold separately) and the Alpine KTX-H100 tuning kit (500KTXH100,
sold separately) for automatic sound tuning or powerful manual tuning options.
IMPRINT automatically measures the entire listening area, capturing time domain
and frequency response information from each listening location to process and
improve the sound at every seat in your vehicle. Precise control and corrections
yield enhanced sound so you can enjoy an optimal listening experience. The
IMPRINT audio processor allows you to customize your crossover adjustments so
you can control where you send your high and low frequencies. It also provide
detailed equalizer adjustments.
Audio Mute: Activating the
Audio Mute function will instantly lower the volume level by 20 dB.
Interrupt Feature: When a
device having the interrupt feature (such as a cellular telephone) is connected
to the receiver, the audio signal will be automatically muted whenever the
interrupt signal is received from the device. The supplied wiring harness
contains a pink/black Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's
interrupt signal connection.
Beep Guide: This function will give audible feedback with varying
tones depending upon the button pressed. This feature can be turned On or Off.
AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDA-117 features a built-in AM/FM
tuner with manual, seek and preset tuning.
Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 2 FM bands
and 1 AM providing allowing you to store 12 FM and 6 AM
preset stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically.
Local/Distance Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in
only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception.
Distance seek tuning allows both strong and weak stations to be tuned.
RBDS with Tagging: The RBDS (Radio Broadcast Data System) is a radio
information system. The RBDS allows you to receive a variety of information such
as traffic information, station names, and song information. The CDA-117 also
supports RBDS Tagging, which allows you to save song information to your
compatible iPod/iPhone connected to the head unit's USB port. The next time you
sync your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you can then purchase this "tagged" song.
HD Radio Ready: The CDA-117 can receive HD Radio signals,
including multicast broadcasts, when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (500TUAT550,
sold separately) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. HD Radio provides music
and programming in a crystal-clear digital format; FM stations offer CD-quality
sound, while AM stations offer FM-quality sound, and virtually no distortion.
Multicasting technology allows access to additional free music channels provided
by most major radio stations. The add-on HD Radio Tuner also offers iTunes
Tagging, allowing you to Tag songs on an FM HD Radio station. The songs'
information is captured on the TUA-T550HD and transferred to your compatible
iPod when connected to the USB port. The next time you connect your iPod to your
iTunes account, a new Tagged playlist will appear and give you the option to
preview or buy the songs from iTunes.
Note: iTunes tagging is supported by the iPod video (5th
generation), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), and iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th
generations). Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting
using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in
your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to this receiver:
- XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio
connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Alpine CNP-ALP1
adapter cable (package item number
- Auxiliary Input: A portable XM or Sirius
satellite radio receiver can be connected to the
head unit via an optional auxiliary input (KCA-121B, sold separately).
Note: A subscription is also required to receive
satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
Detachable Fold-Down Face: The unit features a fold-down face
that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with
a face-case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis.
Note: A face-fixing screw is supplied
for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
BioLite High-Definition Display: The crisp, clear, white on black
BioLite display uses biochemical luminescence technology that provides outstanding
visibility even in daylight. You can view playback information of all your sources
on this 2-line, 156x38 display. It is 40% brighter than normal displays, with higher
resolution and better contrast. In addition, it has a much wider viewing angle than
conventional displays. With Alpine's BioLite technology, maximized visibility makes
it easy to see current selections and search for new song selections.
Background Animation Displays: You can select from 4
different animated background displays: falling "Vs", glimmering water surface,
gears, or pulsating shapes (hearts, diamonds, musical notes, circles, and
stars). The animation displays can be turned off for a plain black background.
Time and Calendar: The Alpine CDA-117 offers a 12/24-hour clock and
calendar (dd/mm/yyyy) display.
Opening Message: When engaged, this feature will display a
special message each time you turn on the radio on certain dates; Merry
Christmas, Happy Birthday (after you program your birth date), etc.
Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an
illumination lead; 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.
Black Out: When Blackout mode is turned on , after 5 seconds, all
display indications on this unit will turn off to reduce power consumption. This
additional power enhances the sound quality.
Bluetooth Interface Ready: This unit is Bluetooth
ready so you can add the optional Alpine KCE-400BT
Bluetooth adapter (500KCE400B, sold separately) to pair up your cell phone with the head
unit. Now, you can make and take phone calls conveniently, hands-free. You will
be able to view caller information including caller ID, missed, dialed, and
received calls right from the head unit's display. You will use the microphone
supplied with the optional KCE-400BT to speak, and then listen through your
car's speakers. You can even set up your cell phone/head unit to automatically
answer your calls. With select compatible phones with streaming audio
capability, you can listen to music stored on your phone and have it stream
through your Alpine system.
Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be
compatible. Visit Alpine's web site for a complete list of compatible
Bluetooth enabled phones.
Wireless Remote: The CDA-117 can be controlled with the
supplied RUE-4202 wireless remote control or the optional RUE-4190 (500RUE4190,
sold separately). The unit has a remote control sensor on the upper right corner
of the faceplate.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also 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
the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK,
sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface
Note: Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.