Bluetooth/Remote Control (optional)
Dual USB Ports: The Alpine CDE-123 features a front-panel
and rear-panel USB
(type-A) port, so you may connect two USB memory devices to this head unit - such
as your USB thumbdrive, portable MP3 player, or mobile phone. A 6.5' USB
extension cable is provided for the rear-panel USB port. You can connect two USB
devices simultaneously and switch between the front and rear USB input. Only one
connected device can be used at a time
(music libraries are not combined). 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. ID3 tags (v1, v2) and WMA
tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3/WMA tag data
can be displayed. The unit off the following USB
- Bank Function: This unit has a "Bank" function that automatically
divides every 1,000 songs stored on a USB memory device into individual
banks to make searching and playing back a song easier. A maximum of 1,000
songs/100 folders for one bank can be stored according to the order stored
in the USB memory device. A maximum of 20 banks (20,000 songs) can be
- File/Folder Search: You can search each stored "Bank" by
file (tag info)/folder name or number.
- Category Search: You can also search each stored "Bank" of music by
Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer.
- ABC Search: You search the contents in the above categories alphabetically (A-Z).
- USB Skip: You can skip forward/backward 1, 10, 20, 50, or 100
files/folders at one time within a stored "Bank".
- Repeat/Random: In addition, the head unit offers Repeat
(File/Folder/Category) and Random (Folder/Category/All) playback modes for
your USB memory device's stored music.
Note: You can only play back non-copy protected
iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: You can connect your iPod or
iPhone to the head unit's front-panel or rear-panel USB port using the included iPod
dock-connector cable to get access to all of your iPod/iPhone's stored music,
right from the head unit. You can also use the cable that came with your
iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation,
information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the CDE-123.
You can connect two iPods/iPhones at once and switch between the front and rear
USB ports. Only one connected iPod/iPhone can be used at a time
(music libraries are not combined).
iPod/iPhone Audio Playback (with DAC bypass): The Alpine CDE-123 supports audio playback
of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone. The USB connection allows your
iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the Alpine
head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A
converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
iPod/iPhone Control: Once your iPod/iPhone is connected, you get convenient control
of your iPod/iPhone from the head unit. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone
or from its clickwheel
- Music Browsing: The Alpine CDE-123 lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone
by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. You can then search these
categories alphabetically. For especially big music libraries,
the Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons for quick jumps to
specific parts of the list (Preset 1: 0% 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).
- Shuffle: The head unit offers three Shuffle (Random) playback
- Shuffle Albums: songs in each album are played back in proper
order; upon completion of all the songs in the album, the next album is
- Shuffle Songs: randomly plays back songs within a selected
category (playlist, artist, album, song, genre, composer.)
- Shuffle All: plays all songs on your iPod/iPhone randomly
- Repeat: A single song can be repeatedly played back.
iPod/iPhone Display: The Alpine CDE-123 will display your
iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or
iPhone from the Alpine head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.
Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from
the Pandora music service through the Alpine CDE-123 using your connected Apple
iPhone, via the included cable or your iPhone's iPod dock-connector cable. The Alpine CDE-123
provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and
Song information (your iPhone's touchscreen will be locked). You can select Pandora stations from your station list, and
skip song tracks within a station. You can also create QuickMix playlists based
on two or more of your Pandora stations. You can even give songs a thumbs
up/down and bookmark songs/artists. In addition, you can create a new station
based on a currently playing song or artist. To access Pandora you must have an
Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application
from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account
with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a
Pandora music service account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and
only available in the United States.
iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition
switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-123 is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of November 2011):
| iPod/iPhone Model || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || AirPlay || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || Song/Artist Text || Track Info |
| dock connector || 3rd || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| clickwheel |
| 4th || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
mini ||1st ||N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|2nd ||N/A ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 6th || 1.1 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 4.3.5 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || 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.
Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with a front-panel
minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input. You can input audio from a auxiliary source
unit - such as a portable MP3 player. You can change the name on the
display to match the type of device connected to the front panel input;
Auxiliary, TV, DVD, Portable, or Game. You can adjust the unit's auxiliary input
gain level (Low/High) to match the relative volume output of your other
AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-123 features a built-in AM/FM
tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.
Preset Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 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.
SiriusXM Ready: The Alpine CDE-123 comes ready for SiriusXM
programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its
proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional
SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of
exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM
All Access" package (subscription required). Visit
for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features
of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- iTunes Tagging for your connected iPod or iPhone
- Game Alert to notify when your favorite team is playing;
- Song Alert to notify you when your favorite song is playing (feature
available in June 2011)
- Replay so you can pause, fast-forward, or rewind up to 30 minutes of
Note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio operates on XM Network.
If you already have a Sirius Satellite Radio subscription, this radio can
not be added as a discounted second unit. If you have an existing XM
Satellite Radio subscription, you can add this unit as a discounted second
CEA-2006 Compliant: The
specifications given by Alpine for the built-in amplifier comply with the
CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA
(Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the
standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.
- CEA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4 channels (at 4
ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
Preset EQ: You can select from 10 different EQ presets to get the best
sound from all your sources. You can choose from Flat, Pops, Rock, News, Jazz,
Electric Dance, Hip-Hop, Easy Listening, Country, or Classical.
3-Band Parametric Equalizer: If the Equalizer presets aren't enough
for your listening taste, there's a 3-Band Parametric Equalizer you can adjust
for a better sound response curve. Bass, Mid, & Treble can be adjusted in the
3-Band Parametric mode.
- Treble Control:
- Center Frequency: 7.5kHz,
10kHz (default), 12.5kHz, or 15kHz
- Width Q: Wide 0.75 or Narrow 1.25
- Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
- Midrange Control:
- Center Frequency: 500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5kHz
- Width Q: Wide 0.75, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.25, or Narrow 1.5
- Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
- Bass Control:
- Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz (default), 100Hz,
- Width Q: Wide 0.5, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.5,
or Narrow. 2.0
- Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
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. There are
three loudness settings (1, 2, & Off).
4V/6CH Pre-out: The CDE-123 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
Note: When an external amplifier is connected sound quality can be
improved by stopping the power supply of the built-in amplifier.
Subwoofer Control: You can adjust the subwoofer preamp
output's volume and low-pass filter.
- Volume: There are two
volume (system) modes for the unit's subwoofer preamp output.
- System 1: Subwoofer level changes according
to the main volume setting.
- System 2: Subwoofer level change is different
from the main volume setting (0-15); even at low volume settings, the subwoofer is
- Low Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer output low-pass filter can
be set to 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or Off (through).
High Pass Filter: The Alpine head unit is equipped with a high-pass
filter for its speaker-level outputs and front/rear preamp outputs. You can set the unit's high-pass filter to 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz,
or Off (through).
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.
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player
that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: This unit can play 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 8-320 kbps, WMA files with bit
rates from 48-192 kbps, and AAC files with bit rates from 16-320 kbps are
supported. Variable bit rates are also compatible. Up to a maximum of 255
folders and a maximum 510 files can be read from one disc. ID3 tags (v1, v2) and
WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name ID3/WMA tag
data can be displayed.
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.
Playback Modes: The Alpine CDA-123 offers Repeat and Random
- Repeat: Repeat Play (repeats playback of current
track/file), Folder Repeat (repeats only files in current folder).
- Random: Random Play (all tracks/files on disc are
played in random order), Folder Random (only files in current folder are
played back in random order).
Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with
the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will
automatically power up and begin playback.
Auto Reload: When a CD is ejected and left sticking out of
the CD slot for 20 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if
Angle Mounting: For proper CD playback, Alpine recommends mounting the CDE-123 no more that 35° above horizontal.
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.
Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X,
sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.
1-Line LCD Display: This unit is equipped with a 1-Line
white-backlit LCD, so you can easily view AM/FM stations, CD-Text, and ID-3/WMA
Text Display: Text information, such as the disc name and
the track name, will be displayed if playing a CD text compatible disc. It is
also possible to display the folder name, the file name, and the tag
information, while playing a MP3/WMA/AAC disc.
Text Scroll: This unit can scroll the disc and track names
recorded on CD-Text disc, as well as the text information of MP3/WMA/AAC files,
folder names, and tags. There are two Text Scroll settings.
- Auto: The CD text information, the information of
folder and file names, and the tags are scrolled automatically.
- Manual: The display is scrolled when a disc is loaded
or when a track is changed.
Favorite Button: You can
set a favorite source to the head unit's front-panel "FAV" button. Once your
favorite source has been set, you can switch to that favorite source directly be
pressing the "FAV" button. You can select between one of the following sources
as your Favorite - Pandora, FM1, FM2, AM, AUX, Disc, or USB.
Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an orange/white
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.
Bluetooth/Remote Control (optional)
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.
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.
Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-123 is wireless remote
control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (500RUE4202,
sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's functions.