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Our take on the Alpine CDA-9885 by Crutchfield's Robert Ferency-Viars
The Alpine CDA-9885 CD receiver's informative display and fast song-search capability make it a terrific stereo for iPod® users. The BioLite display stays legible in just about any light, while the two lines of text offer plenty of space for your song and system information. You'll spend less time looking at the display, and more time with your eyes on the road.
Alpine includes an iPod adapter with the CDA-9885 that provides fast, direct control of your iPod from the stereo and the best possible sound quality from your music. You'll love Alpine's unique "percentage search" feature when searching for songs on your iPod. It uses the radio preset buttons to quickly jump through sections of your playlist, getting you to the song you want faster.
If you're building a system, three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs send a strong, clean signal to your external amplifiers. A high-pass filter eliminates the low bass from your speakers, so they can focus on the mids and highs. Add in the Bass Engine® 2-band equalizer, and your car's interior will become a wonderful listening room.
For more listening options, you can select from an Alpine satellite radio, HD Radio tuner, CD changer, or an optional auxiliary input. The user-friendly wireless remote lets you make adjustments while you concentrate on the road.
Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver and its iPod adapter.
Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.
It replaced my stock Elantra H/U (Kenwood) wich kicked the bucked (stoped playing CD's) I finally get to use my IPod. Sounds better and louder then the old one. It will take a little time to learn how to use it.
Trevor, Quincy, MA
What's in the Box:
- CD/MP3/WMA/AAC receiver
- KCE-422i iPod cable
- 10-amp fuse (installed)
- Wireless remote control (RUE-4202)
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- Wiring harness
- Trim ring
- Hard plastic face case
- 4 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
- Face fixing screw
- 2 Radio removal tools
- Owner's Manual (English/French/Spanish)
- Customer Care Registration card
- CD receiver with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files (except Digital Rights-protected files)
- 2-line BioLite display
- fold-down, detachable face
- remote control
- Bass Engine (bass center frequency, width, and level, plus treble center frequency and level adjustments)
- high-pass filter
- full speed iPod control with Alpine's included interface cable
- Bluetooth ready
- satellite radio ready
- compatible with Alpine's HD Radio tuner
- optional auxiliary input
- CD changer controls
- compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
- three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs (subwoofer output has bass level control)
Other features and specs:
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||Both|
|RMS Power Output||18 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||4 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue/Red or Red|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
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.
BioLite Display: The crisp, clear, white on black BioLite display uses biochemical luminescence technology that provides outstanding visibility even in daylight. 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.
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.
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 510 files/folders and a maximum of 255 folders 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 displayed.
Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you're playing a disc with CD Text, ID3, or WMA 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.
Bass Engine: Bass Engine functions provide control over your system, so you can tailor the sound to your personal tastes. Bass Engine includes the following functions:
- Bass Control:
- Bass Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz (default), 100Hz, or 200Hz
- Bass Band Width (Q): Q1 (narrow), Q2, Q3, or Q4 (wide)
- Bass Level: -7 to +7 (-14dB to +14dB in 2dB steps)
- Treble Control:
- Treble Center Frequency: 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz
- Treble Level: -7 to +7 (-14dB to +14dB in 2dB steps)
- Defeat On/Off: reset the unit to its factory default bass and treble settings by turning the Defeat function on
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.
Blackout: To reduce power consumption you can turn off the display and button back lighting. When the Blackout Mode is turned on the display will illuminate for five seconds each time you press a button.
Subwoofer Pre-out: In addition to the front and rear preamp outputs, the CDA-9885 has a dedicated subwoofer output with a variable level of 0 to +15.
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.
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.
Angle Mounting: Alpine recommends mounting the CDA-9885 no more that 35° above horizontal.
Wireless Remote: The CDA-9885 is controlled with the supplied RUE-4202 wireless remote control (replacement item number 500RUE4202) or the optional RUE-4190 (item number 500RUE4910). The unit has a remote control sensor on the upper right corner of the faceplate.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The CDA-9885 has a steering remote control input on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item number 127SWIJACK), you can retain the use of your factory steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagens and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Optional Auxiliary Input: With the optional KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable or KCA-410C Versatile Link Terminal, you can input audio from an auxiliary source unit, such as a TV, VCR or portable unit.
Changer Name: You can change the name on the display to match the type of device connected to the CD changer input; Changer, USB, or Portable.
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.
USB Adapter Ready: With the optional KCA-620M USB adapter (item number 500KCA620M), you can connect and control MP3 players that have USB connections. In addition, if you have MP3s stored on a USB thumb drive, you can select and play those files from the head unit.
iPod Full Speed: The CDA-9885 has an iPod Direct Connection mounted on a 4" pigtail on the rear panel. When used with the KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Connection cable (500KCE422i, included in the box), your receiver can interface with most Apple iPods with a dock connector. You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your iPod by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, or Composer. You can view artist, album, song, and track number on the head unit's display. The unit can be used with the following iPod versions:
- Fourth generation iPod: Version 3.1.1 or later
- Fifth generation iPod: Version 1.1.2 or later
- iPod photo: Version 1.2.1 or later
- iPod mini: Version 1.4.1 or later
- iPod nano: Version 1.2 or later
- iPod classic: version 1.0 or later
Direct Search: When operating your iPod through the Full Speed connection, you can use the Direct Search function in Playlist, Artist, Album, or Song mode to quickly locate your music. Using the unit's preset buttons, you can quickly jump over a designated percentage of your song content:
- Preset 1: 0% to 16% (of the song library)
- 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%
HD Radio Ready: The CDA-9885 can receive HD Radio signals, including multicast broadcasts, when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (500TUAT550) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. The digital seek function allows you to search for only HD Radio stations if you prefer.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
- XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner (220CNP20UC) and the Alpine CNP-ALP1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMALP1).
- SIRIUS Satellite Radio:
- Universal SIRIUS Tuner: You can connect the optional SIRIUS SC-C1 SIRIUS Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner, along with the Alpine KCA-SC100 SIRIUS satellite Radio interface (package item number 700SIRALPC) directly to the head unit.
- SIRIUS Plug and Play: The KCA-SC100 (item number 500KCASC10) allows you to integrate many SIRIUS plug and play receivers. Compatible tuners include the Sportster, Starmate, Stratus, and Stiletto. You can control the satellite receiver from your head unit and use the Quick Search feature to browse all artists and songs currently playing on all channels. The SIRIUS text information also appears on the head unit display.
- Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite
radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input.
(If the head unit doesn't include an auxiliary input, you will need the
Alpine KCA-121B Auxiliary Input Adapter.)
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
Bluetooth Interface Ready: Using the Alpine KCE-400BT Bluetooth adapter (500KCE400B, sold separately) with the KWE-460E interconnect cable adapter (500KWE460E, sold separately), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through a microphone (included with the Bluetooth interface) and your vehicle's speakers. Package # 700KCE460B.
Note: The Pass-Through port of the KCE-400BT allows you to connect the Bluetooth adapter as well as an iPod to the CDA-9885. The KWE-460 interconnection cable is still required along with a KCE-433iV Full Speed iPod connection cable (500KCE433I, sold separately). In this case the KCE-422i cable will not be needed.
External Processor: You can enjoy DTS, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound with the addition of an Alpine PXA-H701 multi-channel processor and RUX-C701 controller.
Ai-NET Compatible: An optional Ai-NET-compatible 6- or 12-disc CD changer (including MP3 and DVD Changers) may be connected to, and controlled by, the CDA-9885. With the KCA-410c Versatile Link Terminal (item number 500KCA410C), you can control multiple changers (up to 6) with this unit.
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