Disc & USB Playback
iPod/iPhone USB 1-Wire Connection: You can connect your iPod or
iPhone to the head unit's front-panel USB port using the Alpine KCU-445i iPod/iPhone
cable (500KCU445I, sold separately) or the iPod dock-connector cable that came with
your iPod/iPhone to get access to all of your iPod/iPhone's stored music, right
from the head unit. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or
iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect
to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation,
information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the CDE-141.
- Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The Alpine CDE-141 supports audio
playback of music, podcast, and audiobook files stored on your iPod or iPhone;
as well as music apps downloaded on your Apple device. 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, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
- Music Navigation: You can choose to control the
iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or
touchscreen (App Direct Mode).
- Head Unit: The Alpine CDE-141 lets you navigate the stored music
on 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: 0-6%, Preset 2: 17-32%,
Preset 3: 33-49%, Preset 4: 50%-66%, Preset 5: 67-82%, Preset 6:
83-100% of the song library). The head unit also offers three Shuffle
playback modes (Album/Song/All) and one Repeat mode (song).
- App Direct Mode: In App Direct Mode, you can navigate the stored
music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also
listen to your favorite music apps (such as
Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Alpine head unit.
Basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track are
available from the head unit. You will continue to use your iPhone's
touchscreen to navigate advanced functions of your music apps. Not all apps
will be compatible with this mode. Access to your iPhone's downloaded
applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi
network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
- Information Display: The CDE-141 will display your
iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your
iPod/iPhone from the Alpine head unit or the Apple devices
clickwheel/touchscreen. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. In App Direct Mode,
the unit will also display song/artist information from select music apps.
- 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
your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it. This unit does not charge the iPad.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Alpine CDE-141 is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 9/19/2013):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/App || Artist/Song Text || Track Info |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5C || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5S || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 2 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 3 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 4 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| mini || 7.0 || Y || N || 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 wait until a newer software update is
Auxiliary Input: The unit is equipped with front-panel
minijack (3.5mm) auxiliary input. You can input audio from an 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.
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player
that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The
unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.
Front-Panel USB Port: The Alpine CDE-141 features a
front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB
port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such
as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital
audio players, or USB thumbdrives.
The USB port supports audio playback and control of MP3/WMA audio files stored
on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players
that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's
USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. You
cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
MP3/WMA Playback: The Alpine CDE-141 supports the
following types of MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB
mass storage class device.
| Media Type || CD-R/RW || USB Storage Device |
| File System ||ISO9660
Level 1/Level 2 ||FAT 16/32 |
| Playable File Types || MP3:
bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05,
24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz |
WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1,
| Maximum # of Folders/Files ||255 folders/509 files ||100 folders/100 files
per folder |
| Tags ||ID3 tags
(ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags |
Text/File/Folder Search: When you are playing a disc or USB
device 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 and USB devices without CD Text, ID3 or WMA tags, searches are made
using the track numbers associated with each song.
Playback Modes: The Alpine CDE-141 offers Repeat and
Random playback modes.
- 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-141 no more that 35° above horizontal.
AM/FM Tuner: The Alpine CDE-141 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.
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
4ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The Alpine CDE-141 features two pair
of 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The unit's rear preamp outputs can be configured as
fading rear-channel outputs or a non-fading subwoofer outputs with a low-pass
filter, phase adjustment, and output level control.
Note: When an external amplifier is connected sound
quality can be improved by stopping the power supply of the built-in
Head Unit Power Pack (optional): 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 CD receiver.
It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need
Subwoofer Control: When the non-fading subwoofer preamp
output is activated, you can adjust the subwoofer's volume, low-pass filter, &
- Volume: There are two volume (system) modes for the
unit's subwoofer 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 still audible.
- Low Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer output low-pass
filter can be set to 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or Off (through).
- Subwoofer Phase: The subwoofer output phase can be set
to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).
High Pass Filter: The Alpine head unit is equipped with a
high-pass filter for its speaker-level output and front-channel preamp output
(when activated). You can set the unit's high-pass filter to 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz,
160Hz, or Off (through).
Preset EQ: You can select from 11 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, Classical, or
3-Band Parametric Equalizer: The User Preset activates the
head unit's 3-Band Parametric Equalizer for a better sound response curve. Bass,
Mid, & Treble can be adjusted in the 3-Band Parametric mode.
| 3-Band EQ |
| Frequency || Q-Factor || Level |
| Bass ||60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or
120Hz ||Wide 0.5, Medium 1.0,
Medium 1.5, or Narrow. 2.0 ||-7 to +7 (+/-14dB in
2dB steps) |
| Midrange || 500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5kHz || Wide 0.75, Medium 1.0, Medium 1.25, or Narrow 1.5
|| -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps) |
| Treble ||7.5kHz,
10kHz, 12.5kHz, or 15kHz ||Wide 0.75
or Narrow 1.25 ||-7 to +7
(+/-14dB in 2dB steps) |
Note: The units stores independent EQ settings for each
source (Disc, Tuner, Aux, USB, and iPod).
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. T
Source Volume Level: The output level of each source is
individually adjustable from -14 to + 14 dB.
Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD
face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The unit does not included a
face case. An optional soft face case
sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face
non-detachable, if desired.
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 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 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: You can set a favorite source
(USB/AM/FM1/FM2/AUX/DISC) to the head unit's "FAV" button, so you can
access that particular source directly.
Auto Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination lead
(orange); 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.
Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine CDE-141 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.