Overview: The Alpine
CDE-103BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner and supports playback of MP3/WMA/AAC on
CD-R/RW discs and displays ID3-Tag and CD-Text information. This full featured
deck is easy and intuitive to use thanks to its rotary knob, sleek LCD display
and switchable illumination buttons.
This unit also comes with a convenient front-panel auxiliary and USB
input, so you can plug in your portable media player via a 3.5mm or USB type-A
connection. In addition, The Alpine CDE-103BT offers built-in Bluetooth and supports iPod control (optional
iPod adapter required, sold separately).
Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD
face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied
with a hard plastic face case to protect the detachable face when you have it
off the chassis. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face
non-detachable, if desired.
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.
Switchable Button Illumination: You can change the lighting color of
the unit's front-panel buttons. You can choose between four settings.
- Type1: When the color of the four main buttons is blue, the color
of the other buttons are red.
- Type2: When the color of the four buttons is green, the color of
the other buttons is green.
- Type3: When the color of the four buttons is amber, the color of
the other buttons is red.
- Type4: When the color of the four main buttons is red, the color
of the other buttons is red.
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
- Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4-channel (200 total
Sound Settings: The Sound Setting functions provide control over your
system, so you can tailor the sound to your personal tastes:
- Bass Control: Adjusts low frequencies.
- Bass Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz (default),
100Hz, or 200Hz
- Bass Band Width: 1 (narrow) to 4 (wide)
- Bass Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
- Treble Control: Adjusts high frequencies.
- Treble Center Frequency: 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz,
15kHz, or 17.5kHz
- Treble Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
- High Pass Filter (HPF): The speaker level
and front line level outputs have a selectable crossover (HPF); Off
(default), 60Hz, 80Hz, or 100Hz
- Loudness: Loudness introduces a special low and
high frequency emphasis at low listening levels to compensate for the ear's
decreased sensitivity to bass and treble sound at low volume
Dual Preamp Outs: There are two sets of preamp outputs; one is
front and the other is switchable between rear and subwoofer. Both are 2 volt/10
kΩ. When the subwoofer is turned on (the second preamp output is set to
sub) its output level is adjustable from 0 to 15. 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.
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.
AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine
CDE-103BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner.
Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 12 FM and 6 AM preset
stations. Stations can be preset manually or automatically.
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, 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 without
CD Text, ID3 or WMA tags, searches are made using the track numbers associated
with each song.
Angle Mounting: For proper CD playback, Alpine recommends mounting the CDE-103BT no more that 35° above horizontal.
Auxiliary Input: The front panel input is a 3.5mm mini-jack.
You can input audio from an auxiliary source unit; such as a TV, DVD player,
or portable unit.
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.
USB Port: The Alpine CDE-103BT features a front-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 recognized up to 100 folders and 100 files per folder.
The head unit will play back files on a USB memory devices with the same controls
and modes as playback of CDs containing MP3, WMA, and AAC audio files.
Note: The head unit's USB port does not support Apple iPod or
iPod Full Speed Ready: You
can connect your iPod or iPhone to the head unit's rear-panel proprietary iPod
Full Speed port (attached to rear chassis via 4" pigtail) using the optional Alpine KCE-433iV iPod
Full Speed adapter cable (500KCE433I, sold separately), and get access to all of your iPod's
stored music, right from the head unit. With the optional Full Speed iPod cable
you get convenient control so you can scroll through all your Playlists,
Artists, Albums, and Songs; and view all your song information right from the
display on the head unit. 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. For especially big music libraries,
Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to specific
parts of the 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). Save yourself from scrolling through each song one by one, when
you can just jump to a segment of your library with a touch of a button. The
head unit will also charge your iPod or iPhone when connected via the optional Full Speed
iPod cable. The Alpine Alpine CDE-103BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible
when connected via the Alpine KCE-433iV iPod Full Speed adapter cable and
supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Dec. 2009):
|Model||Generation||Media Type|| Control
|Audio||Video||Unit||iPod||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
|dock connector ||3rd||N||N||N||N||N||N||N|
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 an newer software update is available.
Built-in Bluetooth: The
Alpine CDE-103BT has built-in Parrot Bluetooth capability and supports
hands-free phone control for the iPhone and other Bluetooth-enabled mobile
phones. Featuring Parrot
Bluetooth capability, the CDE-103BT gives you hands-free operation of your
Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone with full phone book access. The Alpine
CDE-103BT can be paired to up to five Bluetooth enabled mobile devices (only one
device can be used at a time). The included external microphone (with
visor-clip) allows you to speak to the other party on the telephone call
hands-free, while the other party's voice is played through your car stereo
speakers. The CDE-103BT features a noise cancellation
function to ensure that your calls are heard clearly. The Alpine
CDE-103BT features full phone book access, call history, voice tag dialing and
auto answer with compatible phones.
Note: Parrot software
updates provide support for future phones. This unit does not offer
Bluetooth audio streaming.
Placing Calls: The Alpine CDE-103BT provides a variety
of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone.
- Redial: press the phone button within 5 seconds of
ending a call
- Call History: the 10 previously dialed, received or
missed numbers can be retrieved and dialed from memory
- Phonebook: up to 1,000 entries can be downloaded
from your phone
- Voice Dialing: if you have a voice-dial capable
phone, you can dial a phone contact just by speaking the name of your
Receiving Calls: The Alpine CDE-103BT provides a couple
ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your mobile phone.
Incoming call are announced by the received call ring tone through your
vehicle's speakers and a displayed message (Phone No.) across your Alpine
head unit's display.
- Manual Answer: manually answer an incoming call by
pressing the "Phone" button on your Alpine head unit
- Automatic Answer: set your Alpine head unit to
answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is
answered automatically after about 5 seconds