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Alpine iLX-207

Digital multimedia receiver with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ (does not play CDs)

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Overview

Our take on the Alpine iLX-207

Like that handy multi-tool in your pocket, Alpine's iLX-207 digital multimedia receiver packs a phenomenal amount of functionality into a sleek, user-friendly package. This versatile Alpine works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so it's ready for just about any smartphone. It's equipped with built-in Bluetooth®, SiriusXM connectivity, an HDMI input, an HD Radio™ tuner, and more.

The multi-tool of receivers

Like that handy multi-tool in your pocket, Alpine's iLX-207 digital multimedia receiver packs a phenomenal amount of functionality into a sleek, user-friendly package. This versatile Alpine works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so it's ready for just about any smartphone. It's equipped with built-in Bluetooth®, SiriusXM connectivity, an HDMI input, an HD Radio™ tuner, and more.

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A smarter way to enjoy your smartphone

Looking for a safe, smart way to make use of your iPhone® or Android™ phone while you drive? Alpine designed the iLX-207 to work seamlessly with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. No matter what phone you (or your passengers) prefer, you can access the apps you need without getting distracted from the matter at hand — driving your vehicle. The iLX-207 gives you fingertip or voice control of your apps, and the 7" capacitive touchscreen works just like a tablet, so you'll feel right at home.

Voice control designed for drivers

CarPlay and Android Auto are designed for drivers. Your important functions appear on the screen, with large, familiar app icons that you can find immediately when you need them. Other info appears on the screen in big, easy-to-read text on a clean, clutter-free background. You can also activate apps with voice commands, using the external microphone that's included with the receiver. You can make calls, compose texts, select tunes, and start navigation without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.

Stay connected to your car, too

With the iLX-207, you'll know what's going on in your world — but you can also know what's going on in your car. When used with an iDatalink Maestro interface module (select vehicles only), you can view customizable gauges, climate control, vehicle info, and a parking sensor graphic right on the 7" screen. Just enter your vehicle information and click on the "See the installation gear you'll need" link to find out if your car is compatible with both the iLX-207 and the Maestro.

All the entertainment you want

This digital media receiver doesn't have a CD player, but with a built-in HD Radio tuner, your phone, and rear AUX and USB inputs, you'll never miss it. Browse through your phone's music for playlists, songs, artists, and albums, or enjoy music apps, like iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Spotify®.

The iLX-207 is also SiriusXM-ready, so you can add a tuner and enjoy your favorite music, sports, entertainment, and more anywhere you go with satellite radio.

Get where you're going

If you need directions, launch your maps app to find out how to reach the coolest new spot in town. Just touch the convenient "voice" button on the receiver and ask. Your phone will handle the turn-by-turn directions, and the big capacitive touchscreen allows you to pinch-to-zoom the map display. You'll be able to pinpoint exactly where you need to be and, if need be, find a place to park.

Add even more functionality with these accessories

The iLX-207 does a lot right out of the box. But these Alpine accessories can add even more functionality to what's already an amazing receiver.

Customize your truck: If your truck or SUV is equipped with an aftermarket winch, light bar, air compressor, or other electrical accessories, you can control that gear through the iLX-207, too. Just add an optional Alpine KAC-001 external accessory controller to your order.

Add cameras: Cameras are fast becoming a must-have car accessory, and adding Alpine's KCX-C250MC selector to your iLX-207 will let you take full advantage of its video capability by connecting up to three cameras (not included).

Add another HDMI input: The iLX-207 has one HDMI input, which is impressive enough, but in today's world, you might need more. If you want to use both your smartphone and another video source through your receiver's display. Alpine's KCX-630HD HDMI Switcher gives you a pair of HDMI inputs, plus a USB port for providing power to your smartphone or tablet.

Add a disc player: If you still want to be able to play discs occasionally, check out Alpine's DVE-5300 DVD player. This compact, single-DIN player fits into discreet spots in your vehicle, like a glove box or under a seat. With an HDMI connection to a monitor and the option to channel audio through an optical output, you'll get the best possible picture and audio. 

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras

The iLX-207 offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included). The module lets you keep factory features in your Chrysler, Ford, GM, Fiat, Toyota, or VW vehicle that you'd otherwise lose when you install a new radio. You'll also be able to check out expanded functionality on the Alpine's screen, including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure and temperature monitors. With select rear-view cameras, you'll even get parking guidelines that curve with the motion of your steering wheel.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars and trucks, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

Smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • designed to work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • hands-free control lets you access apps using your voice
    • built-in Bluetooth connectivity
    • built-in HD Radio tuner for enhanced AM/FM fidelity
    • enjoy music apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Spotify
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • USB port accommodates various devices and thumb drives
    • MP3/WMA compatible
    • 7" capacitive touchscreen
    Expandability:
    • add additional functions with Alpine accessories
    • inputs: rear USB port, rear auxiliary input, HDMI input
    • works with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included)
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Features and Specs:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • works with iDataLink Maestro module
      • retains factory features in select Ford, Chrysler, GM, Fiat, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles
      • displays engine performance data on touchscreen
    • external microphone included
    • CEA-2006 compliant
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital media receiver w/ integrated 7" touchscreeen
    • Trim-ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Pre-out harness
    • Camera input adapter
    • Mic/SWC harness
    • Aux/iDatalink harness
    • 5' USB extension cable
    • GPS antenna (attached 8' cable terminated by proprietary connector)
    • Self-adhesive mounting pad
    • Microphone (w/ attached 12.5' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • Visor clip
    • Two-sided tape
    • 4 Pan-head screws (M5x8mm)
    • 4 Counter-sunk screws (M5x8mm)
    • HDMI connector clamp
    • 3 Self-adhesive clips
    • Quick Reference Guide
    • Online Product Registration Card
    • "To Customers" note

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    Awesome I love everything about it ! Features are great don't see anything wrong about this radio

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    Reviews

    Alpine iLX-207 Reviews

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    (57 Reviews)

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    Jorge from Elmhurst, NY on 7/15/2018

    2011 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome I love everything about it ! Features are great don't see anything wrong about this radio

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    Anonymous from Hornell, NY on 7/10/2018

    2014 Nissan Rogue Select
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This works great , fit as expected. Took about 1-2 hours to install.

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    Great sounding, intuitive to navigate, clean appearance

    Anonymous from Grafton, OH on 7/3/2018

    2013 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great headunit! The speakers in my car were already upgraded along with having a quality amp and subwoofer. This was the last piece needed to be completely rid of the factory garbage. Plenty of settings to tweak for fine tuning and getting the sound I was after. I usually listen to content from my phone so the Apple CarPlay makes that whole process seamless. Not much else to say.....very happy with the purchase. A bonus is that the chassis construction takes up less space than most double DIN units which happened to make for an easier install in my application ('13 Mustang).

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    Christopher from West Chester, OH on 6/11/2018

    2013 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome deck. Fits perfectly in my 2013 f150. Love the features.!

    Pros: Connected to my factory mic. Retained most of my factory features like sync.

    Cons: Ended up having to buy the antenna for Sirius xm.

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    Anonymous from Navarre, FL on 5/28/2018

    2017 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing radio, it looks factory in my 1500 Ram. I replaced the stock speakers and with this head unit my truck sounds amazing! Leaps and bounds better than the factory Uconnect.

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    Poor resolution prevents 5 stars

    Mark from Ocean County, NJ on 5/25/2018

    2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good sounding system but poor resolution prevents it from getting 5 stars.

    Pros: Audio quality Apple CarPlay / Android Auto

    Cons: No wireless Apple CarPlay 480p resolution One USB port

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    Scott from Fulton, MO on 5/23/2018

    2008 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fit my 2008avalance perfect sounds great

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    Really good upgrade

    Marc from Joliet, IL on 5/23/2018

    2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Absolutely love it. It works seamlessly with my iPhone and my Jeep systems. I had UConnect and hated the way it worked, mostly it didn't work. I would definitely recommend this radio.

    Pros: CarPlay

    Cons: None yet

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    Lee from Lumberton, TX on 5/21/2018

    2014 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo easy to use and essy to install. Excellent choice

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Absolutely nothing

    Pay attention if you install yourself

    Anonymous from Portland, OR on 5/20/2018

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit. Lots of features and crisp sound. Unit mic works great for calls. Couple of things to be aware of (2006 Tacoma, btw): - You need to connect parking break wire to bus next to fuse box or "Settings" will not be accessible. - Fit on Metra kit is okay, but not great. - Be careful not to over tighten bolts. Plastic will deform. Hard to know the sweet spot - I discovered I over did it.

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    Awesome radio!

    Marcello from Pembroke Park, FL on 5/19/2018

    2008 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this radio to replace my old Alpine's IVA-W205. This is the ultimate multimedia head unit. Starting with the CarPlay for iPhone user, hdmi for screen mirroring, backup camera, navigation from your phone app, steering control compatibility and clear phone calls. After ten years with my old radio I'm happy to replace it with this one.

    Pros: CarPlay HDMI screen mirroring Steering control integration Clear phone calls Phone app navigation Backup camera ready

    Cons: Seperate connections for each features

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    Anonymous from Rcho Sta Marg, CA on 5/18/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this radio in my 2003 WRX. It works well, most of the time. Sometimes, when I'll start my car, the screen will be blacked out, and won't come on for a few minutes, or I'll have to turn my car off and start it again for it to turn back on. Also, when driving, it sometimes blacks out, and restarts. Pretty sure I installed it correctly, as I purchased the ready harness, so it was a simple plug and play. Other than that issue, it does everything I need it to do. I used it with my stock speakers for a week, and then upgraded to Infinity Kappas. They sound great, but really need to learn how to fine tune them correctly.

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    Awesome Head unit

    Kevin from Gambrills, MD on 5/16/2018

    2009 Cadillac DTS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome Head unit. Tons of functions.

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    Sweet Head Unit

    William from Bellingham, WA on 5/11/2018

    2015 Subaru WRX STI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent head unit, fit was great for 2025 Subaru WRX STI. Plenty of room to mount alpine amp, Sirius and steering wheel control modules behind deck. Great display and love the apple car play features. GPS antenna a plus for when you lose cellular coverage. Great Alpine quality!

    Pros: Touch screen, color illumination choices, sub controls, steering wheel control options, plenty of room behind deck for mounting Sirrius module

    Cons: Having to hold menu button for 5 seconds to turn off deck...kind of annoying

    Alpine quality

    Danny from Oakland, RI on 5/8/2018

    2015 GMC Savana
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Worth the money

    Pros: Seems to be reliable so far

    Cons: Screen resolution could be better

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    Anonymous from Amarillo, TX on 4/24/2018

    2015 Volkswagen Golf
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Mic does not work

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    Crutchfield response on 5/1/2018 This customer contacted our Tech Support team and we sent out a replacement right away. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Awesome A/V unit

    Jason from Alexandria, VA on 4/23/2018

    2016 Ford Transit Passenger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit, lots of great features and easy to expand. This unit boasts a second zone, meaning if you have a large vehicle, you can set the rear up for a video source and still run music in he front. Compatible with external DVD player as well, awesome. While this is a double din unit, it only uses up a single din space behind the dash, so my only wish was that alpine would have used that space to bump up the amplification.

    Pros: Connectivity, expandibility, sound

    Cons: Mediocre power, interface is a little clumsy

    Sounds great!

    Charles from Converse, TX on 4/13/2018

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The stereo was pretty easy to install, and looks good, works even better then it looks. Its a huge upgrade from my old 2005 stock radio.

    Pros: Android audio Spotify compatibility Google maps compatibility Quick response to touch commands Easy handling of incoming texts and voice calls

    Cons: None so far, except a little bit of style of the head unit. And I still prefer rotary style volume control.

    nice headunit with great features and specs

    Kyle from Kaneohe, HI on 4/11/2018

    2003 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    as an professional installer and avid car audio consumer. I'm very impressed with this unit overall. the sound quality (tuning features, 4 volt preouts, and alpine tuneit app use), add one like hdmi input and output, CarPlay, android auto, etc. perfect for those who use their mobile devices allot and like a seamless hands free unit. I also paired it with a KAC-001 on my truck and love the fact I no longer have switches on my dash for my 12v accessories. highly recommend.

    Pros: bluetooth audio and calling (built in mic on front of unit of font want to mount separate mic), CarPlay, android auto, dual EQ, 4 volt preouts, hdmi in and out, KAC-001 add on ability, sound quality solid.

    Cons: nothing honestly. was the unit I been looking for.

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    Brian from Waipahu, HI on 4/9/2018

    2009 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Happy with the product. Works great on my Tacoma.

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    Gerred from Burleson, TX on 4/3/2018

    2011 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a great upgrade over the factory system. Not only are all of the features great but it sounds like I spent a lot of money doing a speaker upgrade at the same time. The sound coming out of my factory speakers is great with the signal they get from this reciever.

    Pros: Plug and play while retaining all of my factory controls. It takes my factory speakers to a whole new level of sound

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    Jon from Evansville, IN on 4/3/2018

    2017 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great piece! Add all my features with an upgrade 5 stars

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Sandwich, IL on 4/1/2018

    2015 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio

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    Disappointment

    Kevin from Cleveland, TN on 3/30/2018

    A piece of crap. Glitchiest hunk of software and hardware I've ever bought. If this is the QA standards of Alpine, I'd never buy anything with that name on it. Won't turn on, screen blacks out sporadically, car play is completely unreliable. When it works it's awesome, otherwise I'm super disappointed I put this kind of money in this device.

    Pros: Sounds great.

    Cons: Looks cheap, doesn't work properly frequently.

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    James from Colorado Spgs, CO on 3/28/2018

    2013 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Big upgrade from my factory radio. I may come back to update review later, as my 1 star takeaway has to do with my comfort with the interface. The more I use it, I may find it's more intuitive than it feels to me right now.

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    Nice unit

    Robert from NJ on 3/23/2018

    2012 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great with Android auto, sound is crisp and clean, so far outshines previous units, ability to play movies off connected phone while parked would be nice, second USB or SD card slot would be nice as well

    Pros: Nice fit features work flawless

    Cons: Needs second USB and or SD slot for music/video...no movies otherwise it seems

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    Anonymous from Alamogordo, NM on 3/20/2018

    2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this into my 2017 Jeep Wrangler JKU along with an idatalink maestro. The features of this radio are great. I love the option to add a Siriusxm tuner. The radio/maestro setup connects directly to the OBD2 port on my vehicle, which allows me to view my vehicles system temperatures, system information, tire pressure, etc. The radio/maestro setup also allows me to retain factory steering wheel controls. CarPlay can be a little buggy and laggy, but the overall experience is not bad. Be mindful of the fact that this unit is mech-less (no disc player). Overall, solid product from a solid company.

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    Jeremy from MO on 3/19/2018

    2005 Mazda RX8
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall a good buy and I hope it last a long time.

    Pros: Easy to navigate and find what you want.

    Cons: Put in a 6 speed and requires you to pump the e-brake twice to get into settings. Makes it pain to modify levels.

    Great Radio!

    $G-Money$ from West Palm Beach, FL on 3/18/2018

    2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Radio and easy to install. Very happy with the results and saved lots of money.

    Pros: Great value for the money.

    Cons: When top is down on the Jeep the display is hard to hear with direct sunlight.

    Great Purchase

    Timothy from York, PA on 3/17/2018

    2018 Subaru WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed this Head unit in my 18wrx. Fit is awesome, has a factory look. The head unit boots up quickly and syncs quickly with carplay. EQ is good and the menu is easy to use. Love it so far. I will update this review if I see any cons, but I don't see any at this time.

    Pros: Menu, quick boot, CarPlay syncs quick.

    Cons: None at this time.

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    Axel from Laurel, MD on 3/17/2018

    2011 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this one to replace my 4 year old Alpine INE940, it had been dependable, it had replaced an alpine ICS-X7HD, this iLX-207 blows everything else away. I was lucky in that the wiring harnesses from the previous installations (the black power plug) worked so I did not need to do any splicing. My Steering wheel control modul still works fine with the new unit. Sound quality is equal to or better, and now I have iphone maps in my dashboard. Can't wait to work on setting it up with the TuneIt app.

    Pros: Works great with iPhone.

    Cons: my Aux input no longer works. Voice controls only for the maps via siri

    Great Receiver

    J. from Littleton, MA on 3/13/2018

    2005 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was concerned after reading some of the more critical reviews, but after owning this receiver, I could not image a better option. It really does it all and leverages Apple Maps for the ultimate navigation experience. Great receiver!!! Installed in my 2005 4Runner with SiriusXM and steering wheel controls.

    Pros: Great in every way!

    Cons: None, but be aware that to use navigation, you need to plug it in. My plug is in the glove box. Performance is flawless. Note: in order to access the Setup menu, you must connect the parking break wire AND engage the emergency break TWICE.

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    Anonymous from Rio Grande City, TX on 2/13/2018

    2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Best!!!

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    Ken from Big Pine, CA on 12/31/2017

    2014 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this unit in my 2015 RAM 1500. Everything works well so far, it has so many features & adjustments that I haven't tried them all yet, but sounds great! The factory backup camera works great on the larger screen, the factory unit was only 5". One feature it doesn't have is the ability to play playlist on my USB drive, however it does have a nice shuffle function with different options. I wanted to use my existing USB connection in my seat console & it suggested an iDatalink Media Hub Adapter Item #794USBRAM, however it states that Android Auto won't work thru it, which is true. So I ended up disconnecting it & adding a BATIGE USB 3.0 & HDMI to HDMI + USB3.0 AUX Extension Dash Panel Waterproof Car Flush Mount Cable & mounted it in the dash. It also has an HDMI jack as well as a USB jack & I plugged both into the iLX-207 for future use. I have my USB drive plugged into it & if I need to use my phone with Android Auto to access Google maps I can remove the drive & plug the phone into it & it works fine. Vehicle info still appears on the screen like the factory radio.

    Pros: Too many to mention!

    Cons: Can't use factory USB for Android Auto, will not play playlists.

    Great radio... with a few caveats

    Roy from Coldwater, MS on 12/1/2017

    2004 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this radio in a 2004 GMC Sierra that originally had the factory Bose system, satellite radio, and steering wheel controls. Unfortunately the system didn't have an aux input so I couldn't use my phone at all. I picked this radio because it had Android Auto support, satellite radio support, a backup camera (included) and could take advantage of the steering wheel controls. Of course you have to purchase the steering wheel adapter and a satellite receiver to take advantage of these features. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing the wiring harness already assembled by Crutchfield. It makes the installation so much easier. I think I would only recommend this radio if I was using all of the features listed above (sat, Android, SWC, camera). Together it makes this an amazing system. The front facing hot sync buttons allow effortless switching between the navigation (from phone) and the music. The SWC allow me to control most all features without removing my hands. Android Auto allows me to receive and respond to text messages and answer calls with minimal distraction. Note that you will not hear email notifications on your phone while in Android Auto mode however. This is a bit of a bummer for me because of work, but is meant to be a safety feature so I understand. Great!!!

    Pros: Supports Android Auto, Satellite radio, Steering wheel controls, backup camera, voice control through Android Auto

    Cons: Android Auto can occasionally be flaky getting it to recognize the phone. Restarting the phone corrects this problem.

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    Brian from Yorktown Hts, NY on 11/24/2017

    2008 Porsche Cayman
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed an Alpine iLX-207 in my 2008 Porsche Cayman and used it for a few weeks, and thought it was a very nice head unit. Then a Black Friday email showed up with some Kenwoods on sale, and I started thinking. And comparing. And deciding. Ultimately I sent the Alpine back and got a Kenwood DNX693S instead. Still, I really liked the iLX-207. It has a great touchscreen, and many important features - Apple Car Play and Android Auto chief among them. The sound is good, with some EQ options that help, and overall operation is nice and logical. But it has only one USB input, and no SD card slot. So if you're using the USB connection for phone integration, there is no way to access a personal music library while following Google Maps. For many people, this won't be an issue. If you stream all your music or just listen to the radio, you're fine. But for me, it was a deal breaker. I have found the Kenwood overcomes these shortcomings, and so far seems to be a better fit for me (I will review this unit at some point soon).

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    Brian from Pleasant Hill, CA on 11/20/2017

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Been in for two weeks and I love it.

    Pros: Sounds good, lots of features

    Cons: None

    Great visual display

    Adam from Draper, UT on 11/20/2017

    2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice display. Everything laid out very logically and simple to use.

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    Exactly what I was looking for

    Josh from San Antonio, TX on 11/13/2017

    2016 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the 8.4 uConnect in my RAM with this to get Android Auto and Carplay as well as a better source signal. I already had the Mopar Kicker Replacement speaker package (Custom KS series with OEM connectors) and this deck, in conjunction with the Alpine Power Pack, really makes them come alive after some quick tuning. I also have 2 older 12" Cerwin Vegas in a vented FoxBox and the DSP in the unit actually has enough flexibility to get rid of the bad response peaks due to the nature of box/cab. That being said I did need to either purchase, create, or custom order a number of adapters to get a clean install. Using the iDatalink hardware made retaining all my stock options simple, however, you will need a custom GT5-1S adapter to use a Stock GPS antenna (In my case from Fakra K) and you cannot use some stock USB ports (True in the case of the RAM) if you want reliable Android Auto connectivity. Replacing my 12v socket with a USB/HDMI combo port solved that issue and kept everything clean. My only real gripe with the unit is the rear camera input seems to be pretty noise sensitive so you'll want to make sure you're using a good camera or installing a power filter for your OE camera if retaining.

    Pros: DSP is pretty good for being inbuilt to the deck Carplay/Android Auto dedicated buttons (NAV/Audio) work great Boots up fairly quickly Good Screen Quality

    Cons: GT5-1S GPS Antenna Connector Has connection pigtails for everything Only 1 USB DSP control requires installing a companion cell phone app

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    Hamlet from Mckinney, TX on 11/12/2017

    2005 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent choice, I've been always fan of Alpine products and this wasn't an exception, great for road trips, Apple car play is fantastic!!! The HD radio sound is incredible and great reception, better than the factory radio. You can't go wrong with this head unit. Highly recommended ????????????????

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    Anonymous from Portland, OR on 11/8/2017

    2004 Infiniti G35
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit overall. It sounds good, looks good, and has a good user interface. My only complaint is that Apple's Carplay won't allow Waze to work with it, but that isn't Alpine's fault.

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    Decent

    Tom from N Brunswick, NJ on 10/31/2017

    2013 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in 2013 Mustang convertible. - Very good screen for a convertible. The expected washout is maybe half of what other radios have. I can now see and control radio in bright sun. - If you don't plug phone into USB (to get Android Auto), it seems to take a bit to get Pandora streaming thru bluetooth. When I get into my car, in garage, I am on fringe of my home WIFI. That means bluetooth Pandora will not start. The radio gets confused for a bit then as I drive away it gives up and goes into Pandora Offline mode. I don't know what it takes to for radio to revert to Pandora live, but it certainly does not happen within the first 5 or so minutes each day. - Steering wheel volume up bottom seems to change radio channel; sometimes. - I really wish this had auto volume control so volume lowers as car speed slows. I don't like radio blasting at a stop light but need the higher volume to overcome road noise at higher speeds. - I have come to prefer the Garmin type GPS functionality built into radio. Google maps is excellent when planning a trip or seeing the line colors indicating traffic problems, but I don't like to always plug phone in. - Android Auto is excellent, when plugged in and system settles down. After I use the car, with phone plugged in, the next time I get into car, it does not auto revert back to bluetooth pandora. I have to hit a few buttons. - I need a week or so to read thru the manual to figure out what a swipe does, how to switch between

    Pros: - Very compact. The radio "box" behind the screen is very small thus an easy fit. - Screen works well in my convertible, with top down. - Plenty of power to drive my existing OEM amp/speakers.

    Cons: - WAY too many screen icons & buttons. Not driving friendly. I have not figured out how to speak to it, maybe that works but my last car insisted I learn their language; that is not practical. - No auto-volume control so when car slows down, the volume stays at higher level. - I really need a volume knob. Finding the small button to lower volume is a hassle. - I don't like the bluetooth pandora connectivity. Might be more of phone problem but its not consistent.

    Alpine iLX-207

    Anonymous from Flagstaff, AZ on 10/29/2017

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit for those who just need to upgrade their vehicle. I love the options it provides and the ease of use. Works great in my truck and looks good too.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Alpine iLX-207

    Andrew from Louisville, KY on 10/29/2017

    2012 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just what I needed. I installed this in a 2012 ram that had a Nav unit that was not updatable. Now I have CarPlay and Siri actually understands what I say. All features work as described and the audio quality has improved.

    Pros: CarPlay HD radio Hands free Gauges

    Cons: Bluetooth does not seem to show album art. Can't change tone while in CarPlay.

    Sounds great, user interface not overly intuitive

    Brian from Trenton, NJ on 10/17/2017

    2005 GMC Yukon Denali
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I sprung for the iLX-207 as I needed a new stereo, I've been buying Alpine receivers for my cars from Crutchfield for 15 years, and the model I really wanted, the Alpine INE-W977HD was listed as backordered until April 2018. (Incidentally, as of this review, that model is already back in stock, I guess I should have waited). The interface on the ILX-207 looks sharp, but performance seems slow. Especially when switching between "Android Auto" and the native Alpine interface. Given some functionality resides on the phone, vs the receiver, the transition between the two is not very smooth, nor intuitive. Access to Android sources cannot be set right alongside built-in sources, so there's always an extra step to switch modes before accessing your phone's functionality. And though this is an Android issue vs an Alpine issue, but the navigation capability through Google Maps is significantly restricted compared to nav through my other vehicle's native Alpine navigation. Alpine navigation was much easier to search, enter addresses, and adjust routes during a trip, this capability is not easily accomplished through the Android interface. On the positive side, however, being able to use voice commands to listen to set initial navigation destinations is handy. Google voice capability does also allow additional access to smartphone capabilities, but I'm sure that functionality would be available to any Android Auto receiver, not unique to this one.

    Pros: System sounds great with my factory (Bose) amp and speakers, and utilizing voice commands makes some Android Auto tasks easier

    Cons: User interface is not intuitive, switching between the native Alpine sources and Android sources requires extra steps, and once paired with Android Auto, the Alpine Bluetooth sources (local music streaming and Pandora) no longer work, you must use an Android Auto app for playback, again making the user experience somewhat confusing. If I didn't need the nav off my smartphone, I probably wouldn't use Android Auto at all, not much additional benefit to me.

    Crutchfield response on 10/18/2017 Brian, we're sorry you're disappointed with your receiver. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase, and we do have the Alpine W977HD in stock.

    Alpine iLX-207 was what made the Alpine sale.

    George from New York on 9/30/2017

    2016 Smart fortwo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Alpine iLX-207 was the right solution for my car and driving. The Smart Car 453 KIT-W997SMTB radio wiring harness was plug-and-play also the Alpine HCE-C252RD was just a cable, camera to head unit no taps or reverse light run. Green speed wire crimped to head unit speed wire was the last step. Not sure is was needed because it seems like driving the car some minimum distance is required to release safety settings. No, parking brake wiring tap was needed. Looked at the Alpine Kit W997 Smt Installation Kit Black (Smart Fortwo/Forfour (BR453) for a year and Alpine iLX-207 was what made the Alpine sale. The iLX-207 was exactly the head unit that I wanted without extras I don't need like DVD player or navigation built-in. Family is both Android and iPhone so this was the unit. Also HD RadioT and SiriusXMT Satellite Radio made this the unit for me over the iLX-107.

    Pros: iLX-207 has a custom fit for Smart Car 453 (Single DIN) HD RadioT tuner and SiriusXMT Satellite Radio Ready No DVD player if don't need it (Add

    Cons: Only one rear USB connection (Front connection would have been nice)

    Honda Accord 2017

    Bernard from Philadelphia, PA on 9/24/2017

    2017 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've used the ilx-207 for about a month. Crutchfield was excellent at shipping and customer support. Sound quality is excellent. Hd radio is a big plus if you like fm/am radio. Very clear, lots of station and no monthly fee. Hdmi input and output is a versatile feature. I hope to get a casting dongle installed at some point. Only has one USB which is connected to my iPhone. If you have your own music copy it to your iPhone for Music app. Pandora works great over CarPlay. No crashes or reboots at all. With apple's iOS 11 update apple maps is much better. Not missing google maps as much. Built in microphone works really well after tech support helped me set it up. Phone and texting are hands free. Just say hi Siri to make phone calls and such. The only thing I would prefer is if he radio was an app integrated into the CarPlay user interface. CarPlay lets you access apple apps but any alpine specific apps like hd radio, hdmi, aux is a different user interface. Not a big deal but user interface would be better if it was uniform and everything on one UI. Otherwise, I love this unit. The more I use it the more I appreciate how good it is. I used PAC to use steering wheel control.

    Pros: Great SQ, apple CarPlay works very well. Apple maps is much better with iOS 11 update on the iphone.

    Cons: None

    Great H.U.

    Jarod from Lester Prairie, Mn on 9/21/2017

    2010 Cadillac DTS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It does everything it says it can, if you have the right harnesses and accessories. Great head unit especially for price.

    Pros: Single din in back for excessive wiring storage. Does everything it says and more. It's an alpine!

    Cons: No disc player but who uses those anymore.

    Modern technology that's easy to install and operate.

    David from Orlando, FL on 9/14/2017

    2007 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Was going to go buy a new truck because I really like all the tech in my wife's new car. After test driving a few new trucks, I decided that I didn't really like a lot of the options available especially for the price point and what they wanted to give me for my truck. So I decided to update my truck with this deck, speakers and a back up camera. Very easy to install, option for a plug and play amp and I'd recommend the Alpine Backup Camera instead of the cheaper ones and you'd be really happy. Now my 10 year old truck is as good as new and I like this deck much better than the premium set up in my wife's new car.

    Pros: Lots of features, bright screen, audible system picks up well, works well with smart phones and very easy to set up.

    Cons: None.

    Great Radio!

    Skidmark from Kingman, AZ on 9/8/2017

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit. Android Auto works good, I especially like how Google Maps works through the unit, much better than Navigation units i've tried in the past. Backup Camera view is very clear. Easy to install, single Din body has lots of room. HD Radio sounds Great. Every thing works perfectly, as it should.

    Pros: Android Auto. HD Radio

    Cons: None

    Pretty decent unit

    Jaeden from Iron Mountain, MI on 9/7/2017

    2008 Cadillac CTS

    Let me start off by saying this is a fantastic unit. Sound Quality is very good, too many settings to mention. Android Auto works well. My only gripe with it is the navigation voice is just a little bit on the loud side. You can get past this by turning the source volume of Bluetooth music up a little bit to compensate. The display is very nice to work with. It responds well, and is not sluggish at all. You can change the button color, but the choices you get are a little disappointing. Coming from alpines CDE-W265BT I miss being able to set literally whatever color I want. Hopefully a software update can fix this. With my W265, I had my amp set just right in terms of gain adjustments. On this unit I had to turn the gain almost all the way up. I am not so sure that the pre out voltage is 4 volts. I remember seeing the pre out voltage being 2 volts when this unit was announced at CES. I am thinking they are actually 2 volt preouts. Kind of a let down to me, but I made it work. IF YOU WANT TO SAVE A BIT OF MONEY, I found out my Maestro SW steering wheel module actually works with this unit. I used it with my W265, and I figured I would plug it in before I took it out and it actually ended up working for me in my 08 Taurus. I can't imagine why it wouldn't work in other vehicles so if you want your steering wheel controls, but don't need the extra junk of gauges and what not, the Maestro SW should work. When flashing it, just flash over the data for the Alpine CDE

    Pros: Display is nice to work with Good sound quality when set up correctly Android Auto

    Cons: Disappointing choice of color choices for buttons compared to the CDE-W265BT Pretty sure preout voltage is 2v not 4v. Unless my sub woofer pre out is not working right. The front and rear preouts seemed the same compared to the CDE-W265BT, but the sub out was significantly quieter until I messed with the gain on the amp.

    Wired Carplay and Android Auto In High Quality Unit

    Charles A from Short Hills, NJ on 9/7/2017

    Alpine has this and the ilx-107 introduced in 2017 to cover different consumer preferences with very similar prices, with the ilx-107 providing wireless Carplay and the ilx-207 covering *wired* Carplay and Android Auto. The ilx-207 also has HD radio and SiriusXM tuner input support -- but again not wireless Carplay. However, the ilx-207 still has Bluetooth allowing for example phone-in-pocket Pandora. The ilx-207 screens have a finished and richly colored and tailorable look to them. (In odd contrast, the ilx-107 is basically black and white). There's a full featured AM/FM radio, with HD radio and multiple inputs coming through on a single tuning station. The connected ilx-207 is snappy in response as would be expected with a wired connection. Sound, with Alpine detailed tuning and connected to a Rockford Fosgate amp and quality speakers including subwoofer, is absolutely phenomenal. Installation and cooling are assisted by the single din form factor in back. GPS programs such as Apple Maps get an assist from a GPS antenna installed (for most, on the dash). One must also find a place to house the USB plug. In my car (a Suzuki Kizashi 2010), an adapter was available to input into the ilx-207's back in order to pipe the signal through the stock USB port in the dash (see picture). Highly recommended. I have the ilx-107 in another car and although both are great I prefer this model.

    Pros: Beautiful rich and customizable appearance; well-placed and nicely tactile controls; wired Carplay using USB plug; Android Auto as alternative for the USB plug; eas(ier) installation; assisted GPS; Bluetooth for those needing to keep phone in pocket; outstanding audio; excellent compatibility with stock premium sound system; SiriusXM ready and available 3.5 mm input (if you need them).

    Cons: The back and forth with the Bluetooth audio and the wired Carplay is not as elegant as one might expect. If you connect the wired Carplay and turn off the car, the Bluetooth does not automatically connect the phone to the unit for wireless phone-in-the-pocket until you connect up (requiring a few extra icon presses).

    Overpriced

    Christopher r from Denver, CO on 9/7/2017

    2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    eh, Not worth the money. Should have stuck with my go to excelon products. But, paying that kind of money for a deck is getting old with the older I get. Tried a happy medium and I should have known better

    Pros: Still having buyers remorse.

    Cons: Limited deck, I should have researched more and just saved up for what I wanted, no phone=no gps, picky about any file on a USB drive and it absolutely will not let me change the opening screen, hopefully a firmware will fix this, no calibration for the touchscreen and I press one thing it does another, touch is clunky and slow.....oh well it's installed:(

    Great radio

    Leonard from Arlington, TX on 9/3/2017

    2017 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio, only drawback is all gauges dont work as promised and it was installed by alpine certified dealer

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Disappointing Alpine iLX-207

    Michael from Point Roberts, WA on 9/1/2017

    2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very disappointed in this product. I waited months for this head unit to come out on the understanding that, like the iLX-107, it would have wireless connectivity for Apple Car Play and that's not the case. You can run music off your iPhone via Bluetooth, but not Car Play. In addition, the volume control is a hard button that doesn't work well for a quick change in volume.

    Pros: Alpine is always good quality.

    Cons: No wireless Car Play.

    Great Stereo!

    Melvin L from Cardston, Alberta, Canada on 8/28/2017

    2008 Smart fortwo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a fantastic radio for my little Smart car. Love how it hooks up to my iPhone for apps and GPS. Has too many features to mention. I bought the Sirius XM attachment for it and it's great too!

    Pros:

    Cons:

    iLX-207 Android Auto Use review

    Brett from Fargo, ND on 8/21/2017

    2011 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The head unit itself is of good build quality, things don't wiggle that shouldn't wiggle etc. Buttons feel solid. . To plug things into the head unit you'll have a lot of adapter cables. IE a proprietary harness to the RCA outs, proprietary harness to get the mic in, the steering wheel control adapter in, etc. It does add some bulk to the overall installation right behind the unit. The Alpine unit will need the parking brake sensor terminated effectively to access more settings. The UI seemed to be pretty snappy and not buggy. I didn't have any crashes or pauses. AA seemed to miss a few voice commands and notifications for messages via Google's Messages app. But I think that's more AA/road noise than anything. Pretty substantial settings menu. The LED colors for the music/gps buttons on either end can be changed color to about 10 colors. I set mine as amber to match my Xterra's interior. Head unit was EQ'd via Alpine TuneIT. Interface is a tad clunky on the app, it's not intuitive to modify a configuration, but that's more to the app than anything. Some more advanced EQ settings on the head unit that I wasn't fully understanding. But I liked how it sounded so I let it be. It seems to work well with CarPlay too, I tried it with a MacPhone and it was quick and concise. My whole setup is thus: Alpine iLX-207 Alpine KTP-445A JBL Clubs in the front/rear doors. I picked up a third party USB/AUX extension cable and terminated it into the dash and it works w

    Pros: Quick, clean UI Works well with CarPlay and Android Auto Quite potent stock amp if you're not looking to do anything else Screen is pretty crisp. Comes with mic and external GPS antenna.

    Cons: Potential issue for a tight dash, lots of adapter cables, but there is room above the single DIN back. Parking brake sensor must be dealt with to access settings, not just for video restrictions.

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input HDMI (rear), Mini (rear)
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto Yes
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size 7
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 9
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback FLAC (96kHz)

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    Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
    HDMI & USB Integration
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Pandora+SiriusXM+HD Radio
    Audio & DSP Section
    AV + OEM Connectivity
    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

    Apple CarPlay: Apple CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your USB-connected iPhone 5 or newer (running latest iOS version) with Lightning-connector in the car, while you stay focused on the road. Apple CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and integrates them into the Alpine iLX-207. Apple CarPlay offers an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, view maps, listen to music, and access messages from your compatible iPhone through the Alpine iLX-207 in-dash receiver. With Apple CarPlay, you can control these functions from the iLX-207 receiver's 7" capacitive touchscreen or activate Siri for minimized distraction.

    • Maps: Through Apple CarPlay, the power and simplicity of Apple Maps comes to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.
    • Phone: With Apple CarPlay, you can use the iLX-207's interactive touchscreen or ask Siri to make calls, return calls, and check voicemail. To dial a phone number, simply tap the "Phone" icon and Siri will ask you who you want to call. Using the touchscreen you can manually enter a phone number from the on-screen keypad, scroll through contacts, or select from recent and miss calls. In addition, you get access to your voicemails via touchscreen and Siri. When a call comes in, simply tap the "Phone" icon to answer. You'll carry on your side of the conversation through the included external microphone, while the other party is heard through your vehicle's speakers. You can emphasize or weaken the volume level the microphone. You can also select which car speaker outputs the caller audio; you can select All, Front-Left, Front-Right, or Front-Left/Right.
    • Text Messages: Apple CarPlay also lets you enjoy a better and safer way of text messaging with friends and family when you're on the road, through the Alpine receiver and Siri. Through your voice commands, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages so that you never have to glance at your phone while behind the wheel. When a new message comes in a banner will come across the screen and Siri will read back the message for you. Text messages cannot be read or typed from the head unit's touchscreen to prevent driver distraction.
    • Music Library: CarPlay lets you access your music in your iPhone's music library, plus iTunes radio from the Alpine iLX-207. You can browse your music by Playlist, Artist, Song, etc.. just like you would on your iPhone from the iLX-207's touchscreen. You can also use Siri to find and play back your music. The iLX-207's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background. Tap the Now Playing icon on the Alpine receiver's capacitive touchscreen and see song, artist, album information with Album Art displaying in the background. From the Now Playing screen you also get basic playback function, like Play/Pause, Previous Next/Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Repeat/Shuffle.
    • Audio Apps & Podcasts: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying podcasts, music, and radio - including Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, Slacker Radio, Vox, Stitcher, MLB.com At Bat, CBS Radio News, NPR One, OverCast, Audiobooks.com & Audible. Control them from the head unit's touchscreen or Siri just like you would from your iPhone. Your iPhone's touchscreen remains unlocked during CarPlay connection, so you are able to access additional music apps and listen to them through the Alpine receiver; however these apps offer no control or display information from the head unit's touchscreen.
    • Other Functions: Within the CarPlay's touchscreen menu is a circular icon which acts like the back button on your iPhone. In addition there is an "Main Menu" icon which exists CarPlay and takes you back to the Alpine receiver's Home Menu.
    Notes:
    • Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or newer running the latest iOS version.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Apple CarPlay is being used with a connected iPhone.

    Android Auto: The Alpine iLX-207 supports the Android Auto app for Android smartphones running OS Lollipop (5.0 or newer). Your compatible Android smartphone must be connected to the Alpine receiver's rear-panel USB port via the included USB extension cable and your phone's USB cable, plus be paired via Bluetooth (your vehicle's parking brake needs to be engaged to initially setup Android Auto). Android Auto extends the Android platform into your car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into simple on-screen "card-style" pop-ups that appear just when they're needed. It's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead. Features of Android Auto include:

    • Google Assistant: The Alpine receiver enhances your Android Auto experience even more by incorporating Google Assistant using the head unit's external microphone and your car speakers for voice command and text-to-speech, which makes using Android Auto and all of its integrated applications fast, easy, and safe. You will need to press the "mic" button or say "OK Google" to activate the Google Assistant. Use the Google Assistant to make a call, send a message, reply to a message, get driving directions, or listen to music.
    • Google & Waze Maps: Use Google Maps to get where you're going with on-screen maps, voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance, and more. Select your destination by using the head unit's touchscreen or just say where you want to go through the unit's external mic and the Google Assistant. If you prefer, you can switch over to a simpler version of the community-based Waze navigation app (version 4.27 or higher).
    • Phone & SMS: With Android Auto you get access to your contacts and messages through the Alpine receiver while keeping your eyes on the road. Use the unit's external mic and the Google Assistant to make a phone call, or have your text-messages read aloud to you while you concentrate on the road ahead; you can even reply to texts via voice command.
    • Music: Access your Android smartphone's music library through the Alpine receiver via Google Play Music. You'll be able to browse music like you do on your smartphone with song/artist information display and album art. Use the receiver's touchscreen to select songs or just say what song you want to listen to through the head unit's external mic and the Google Assistant. You also get access to online music and radio stations from Amazon MusicPandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Slacker Radio, & Tune-In. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist information and album art or station logo. 
    Notes:
    • Android smartphones with a USB Type-C connector (including the Pixel) may not function without appropriate USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android smartphone.
    • Use a USB cable that is under 6' long and avoid using any extension cable other than the one supplied.

    GPS Receiver & Antenna: The iLX-207 features a built-in GPS receiver, comes with an external GPS antenna, and is outfitted with a vehicle speed sensor (VSS) wire to optimize CarPlay's Apple Maps and Android Auto's Google Maps. The GPS antenna should be mounted on top of the dashboard near the front windshield, while the VSS wire connects to your vehicle's speed pulse wire to accurately gauge the direction, location, and speed of your vehicle.

    HDMI & USB Integration

    HDMI Input & Output: The Alpine iLX-207 is outfitted with an HDMI input and output. The HDMI input provides connection for iPhone, Android, and other HDMI enabled equipment. The HDMI output can be used for RSE (rear seat entertainment).

    • HDMI Input: In addition iPhone and Android connectivity, the head unit's HDMI input can be used to connect almost any external mobile AV source with an HDMI output, such as Alpine's DVE-5300 DVD player(500DVE5300; sold separately). The HDMI input will provide video and audio playback. Your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged to view video on the receiver's screen. Playback functions will need to be controlled from your HDMI-connected device, unless you are connecting the DVE-5300 DVD player which does allow control from the iLX-207's touchscreen. The HDMI input supports video resolutions up to 720p. If you need more than one HDMI input, you can purchase Alpine's HDMI switcher (500KCX630H, sold separately), which provides a total of two HDMI inputs and one HDMI output.
    • HDMI Output (w/ Dual Zone): The iLX-207 is equipped with an HDMI monitor output for rear seat entertainment (RSE). The rear seat entertainment function independently routes a different source to the front and rear of the vehicle. For example, while listening to the head unit's built-in HD radio or other audio source in the front, HDMI can be enjoyed in the rear with optional rear monitors (featuring an HDMI input) and headphones. The unit's HDMI input is the only source that can be displayed in in the rear through the head unit's HDMI output. The HDMI output supports video resolution up to 480p. The parking brake does not need to be engaged to enjoy HDMI playback in the rear of the vehicle.

    Smartphone Mirroring via HDMI: The Alpine's iLX-207's rear-panel HDMI input can be used to connect select Android or Apple iOS devices with video output to the digital media receiver. With the vehicle's parking brake engaged you can mirror the smartphone device's image and watch stored video and video apps (like Netflix) on the digital media receiver's touchscreen monitor. Stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your iPod/iPhone device can be heard through your speaker system without the parking brake engaged; however, there is no song/artist information display unless the parking brake is engaged. There is no touchscreen control from the Alpine head unit; you will still continue to use your Apple iOS or Android device to select content, apps, and control playback.

    • iPhone Connectivity: If you have an iPhone 5 or newer with the Lightning connector, you will need Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter, a Lightning-to-USB cable (like Alpine's KCU-471i cable), and a HDMI cable (like Alpine's KCU-610HD HDMI cable kit) -all sold separately. The HDMI connector provides the audio/video playback, while the USB connection charges your iPhone device. Not compatible with 30-pin Apple devices.
    • Android Connectivity: Use Alpine's KCU-610MH HDMI cable kit (sold separately) to connect your MHL-compatible Android smartphone. Check here for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones. The Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5 and Note II/III/IV requires an additional 3rd party MHL microUSB 5-pin to 11-pin adapter (sold separately). The HDMI connector provides audio/video playback, while the USB connection charges the battery of your Android smartphone

    iPhone Lightning-to-USB Direct Connect: The Alpine receiver supports direct connection of your Apple iPod/iPhone with Lightning connector or iPhone 4S with 30-pin connector through its rear-panel USB port and the included USB extension cable (use Alpine's KCU-471i/KCU-445i cable or the cable that came with your Apple device). The iLX-207 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your USB-connected Apple device with Lightning connector.

    • Head Unit Control: The Alpine iLX-207 lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. You can then search each category alphabetically. The head unit also offers playback functions such a Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, & Random/Repeat for stored music files. Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track are supported by many music apps too; not all apps will be compatible. Your USB-connected iPhone will remain unlocked, so you can use its touchscreen to access music apps.
    • Song/Artist Information: The Alpine in-dash digital media receiver will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Album title, as well as Album Art. The unit will also display song/artist information and station identification from select music apps.
    • 1.5A Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Alpine iLX-207 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/13/2018):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video/Mirror Head Unit iPod/iPhone CarPlay Pandora Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 11.2.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 11.2.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
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    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 available.

    USB Mass Class Storage Devices: In addition to iPhone & Android connectivity, the head unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) device; such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. A 5' USB extension cable is included. The unit supports playback of a variety of audio and video files stored on a compatible USB MSC device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (max. 1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Media Type USB (Mass Storage Class Device)
    File System FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 48-320kbps; sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    AAC: bit rate of 16-320kbps; sampling rate of 8-48kHz|
    FLAC: bit depth of 16-/24-bit; sampling rate of 8-96kHz
    Video AVI/MKV/MP4: optimum resolution of 96-720 (h) x 96-576 (v)
    Max # of Files/Folders 10,000 files/folders
    Song/Artist Info  MP3 ID3 tags, WMA/AAC/FLAC tags, & Album Art
    Note: The USB port does not support MTP or AOA playback for Android devices. The USB port cannot be connected to a USB hub or card-reader.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Alpine iLX-207 features built-in Bluetooth technology (version 2.1+EDR). The head unit's built-in Bluetooth allows you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Alpine iLX-207.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the iLX-207 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings (your phone must also support SSP). You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Alpine head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. You can register up to 5 Bluetooth enabled devices with the Alpine head unit, and keep two devices connected simultaneously. That way you can switch between devices a lot quicker without having to un-connect and re-connect devices.

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The Alpine iLX-207 supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Incoming calls are announced by a caller ring tone through your vehicle's speakers (music will be muted) & a Caller ID message across your Alpine head unit's touchscreen display. The iLX-207 allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the included external mic and your car audio speakers. During a conversation, you can initiate a transfer of audio between your mobile phone and your car's speakers.

    • Receiving Calls: The Alpine iLX-207 provides several ways to answer your phone calls without picking up your mobile phone.
      • Manual Answer: Manually answer an incoming call by pressing the "Phone" icon on the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Automatic Answer: Set the Alpine head unit to answer the incoming call automatically; when a call is received, it is answered automatically after approximately 5 seconds.
      • Call Waiting: If a second call is received during a current call, you can have the first caller wait momentarily while you take the second call. When you are finished with one call, you can switch to the other.
    • Making Calls: The Alpine iLX-207 provides a variety of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The Alpine iLX-207 features full phone book access, call history, and redial with compatible phones.
      • Voice Dialing: If you have a voice-dial capable phone, you can dial a phone contact by simply speaking the name of your contact or the telephone number.
      • Phone Number Entry: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 31 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phonebook (with ABC search): Up to 1,000 entries (5 telephone numbers for each name) can be downloaded from your compatible mobile phone. You can then search the contacts of your phonebook alphabetically.
      • Presets & Favorites: You can assign up to 4 phone numbers for one-touch dialing to make a call easily. You can also make a phone call using the Short Cut function of numbers that you have registered as Favorites.
      • Call History: The previously dialed, received, or missed numbers (60 total) can be retrieved and dialed from memory.
    Note: All Bluetooth phone functions are available with or without the parking brake engaged.

    Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Alpine iLX-207 can stream music from your Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP mobile device (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). Not only can it control & stream your music through Bluetooth, it can process your music using its built-in DSP to ensure you get the best sound. In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the iLX-207 provides a Search List of your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.. AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+). The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name & Song/Album title (no Album Art). The iLX-207 even supports audio streaming of music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with song/artist information and limited control (continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to control advanced music app navigation).

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Alpine iLX-207 has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel/touchscreen controls and external microphone. Simply press the head unit's "VOICE CTRL" button to engage Siri and use the external microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will be heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the iLX-207 and its microphone. You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Alpine iLX-207; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Bluetooth Adjustments: You can emphasize or weaken the volume level of the phone caller, the ring tone, and the microphone input to fit your own preference. You can also select which car speaker outputs the audio from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone/device. You can select All, Front-Left, Front-Right, or Front-Left/Right.

    Pandora+SiriusXM+HD Radio

    Pandora Internet Radio App (for iPhone & Android): The free Pandora App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ & Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Alpine iLX-207 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (4S or newer) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the iLX-207 via the Alpine KCU-471i/KCU-445i cable or the cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, LTE (4G), EDGE, or WiFi. The iLX-207 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • New Station: Based on a currently playing track or artist, you can create a new station and save it to your Pandora account.
    • Shuffle Play: Shuffle Play allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to these online service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Alpine iLX-207 is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300, sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: A channel list displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search function searches for channels in a certain category.
    • Song/Artist Info + Album Art: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Channel Logo, Artist Name, Song Title, and Album Art can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • SmartFavorite Presets + Jump: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. All presets are recognized a SmartFavorites with advanced features like TuneStart, & TuneScan. The Jump feature lets you store your absolute favorite channel so you can jump to it with the press of a dedicated button and then jump back to the previous channel.
    • TuneStart & TuneScan: TuneStart allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a Smart Favorite preset channel on the current band. TuneScan gives you a short preview of the songs that you have missed on each of your Smart Favorite Preset music channels on the currently tuned band.
    • Instant Replay: You can pause, rewind, and replay content from the currently tuned SiriusXM channel. The SiriusXM tuner will continually buffer up to 60 minutes of audio from the currently tuned channel.
    • Song/Artist/Game Alerts: With Song/Artist Alert you can get notified when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station. With the push of a button, you can jump right to that broadcast and catch the songs you want to listen to. GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams' games are being broadcast. Jump to that station with the push of a button so you can listen to the game play by play. You can also get the latest score updates while you are listening to other stations.
    • Parental Lock: This function restricts the listening of channels for children of certain age levels and is protected by a 4-digit "lock-code".
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio lets you listen to the radio with the same fidelity as your digital music. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. With HD Radio, your FM stations offer near CD-quality sound, AM stations provide FM-like sound, and there is crystal-clear reception with no audio distortion. Best of all, HD Radio is 100% subscription free. The unit's tuner also supports analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    • Multicasting: Multicasting is the ability to broadcast multiple program streams over a single AM/FM frequency. this increases the amount and diversity of content choices. A maximum of eight multicast station channels (HD1-HD8) can be selected on this unit.
    • Station Text w/ Album Art: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles, plus Album Art. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the touchscreen monitor of the Alpine iLX-207. The RDS (Radio Data System) is a radio information system for analog FM. The RDS allows you to receive a variety of information such as traffic information, station names, and song information from standard analog FM radio stations.
    • Preset & Direct Tuning: The built-in tuner provides 12 FM and 6 AM preset stations. The unit's tuner can automatically seek and store six strong stations in a selected band in order of signal strength. Sub-program services of multicast stations are not included in the automatic memory search. You can also input a station number directly from the head unit's LCD touchscreen.
    • Tuner Quality Setting: This unit can be set to three different FM tuner quality settings - Normal (standard), HiFi (high-quality), or Stable (controls noise).
    • Ballgame Mode: In a live broadcast, such as a sportscast, a time lag occurs between digital sound and analog sound. Therefore, when live broadcasts are received, time lag between the real broadcast may occur and this unit can change to analog broadcasting automatically.
    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Audio &DSP Section

    CTA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Alpine for the built-in amplifier comply with the CTA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CTA (Consumer Technology Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CTA-2006 logo on their product.

    • CTA-2006 Power Rating: 18 watts x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Max Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
    Note: 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 receiver. It plugs in-line with the head unit's wiring harness, so you don't even need additional wires.

    6ch/4V Preouts + Sub Control: The iLX-207 has three sets of 4-Volt RCA pre-outs (Front/Rear/Sub) 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 subwoofer output level can be adjusted independently from the main volume setting (0-15); so even at low volume settings the subwoofer is still audible. The subwoofer output phase can be set to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°).

    High-Pass & Low-Pass Crossovers: This unit is equipped with active high-pass and low-pass crossovers which limit the frequencies delivered to the speaker and line-level outputs. Each speaker channel is controlled independently, so each speaker pair can be driven by the frequencies for which have they been optimally designed. The crossover adjusts the HFP (high pass filter) or LPF (low pass filter) frequency point of each speaker pair, and also the slope (how fast the filter rolls off the highs or lows).

    • High Pass Filter: The Alpine head unit is equipped with a high-pass filter for its speaker-level output and front/rear-channel preamp outputs. You can set the unit's high-pass filter center frequency point to 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the high pass filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.
    • Low Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer output low-pass filter can be set to 20Hz, 25Hz, 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160Hz, 200Hz, or Off (through). The slope of the low pass filter can be set to 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct.

    Built-in EQ: The iLX-207 digital media receiver is equipped with a variety of  EQ presets for different types of music, plus a 9-Band Parametric EQ for fine-tuning the sound to your preference, and Alpine's very own Bass Engine SQ.

    • EQ Presets: 10 typical equalizer settings are preset at the factory for a variety of music source material. Choose from Flat, Pop, Rock, News, Jazz, Electronic, Hip Hop, Easy Listening, Country, and Classical.
    • 9-Band EQ: You can create three Custom EQ presets by adjusting the head unit's 9-Band Parametric Equalizer to create a response curve more appealing to your personal taste. Band 1 (20Hz-100Hz), Band 2 (63Hz-325Hz), Band 3 (125Hz-500Hz), Band 4 (250Hz-1kHz), Band 5 (500Hz-2kHz), Band 6 (1kHz-4kHz), Band 7 (2kHz-7.2kHz), Band 8 (5.8 kHz-12kHz), Band 9 (9kHz-20kHz). Bandwidth Q (1, 2, or 3). Levels (-7 to + 7).
    • Bass Engine SQ: Alpine's Bass Engine SQ optimizes the sound for all speakers in the vehicle according to the music genre and mood for well-balanced and effective bass sound. Select from six Bass Engine SQ Types - Standard (Natural low-pitched sound), Punch (boosted bass sound), Rich (rich low-pitch sound), Mid Bass (emphasizes presence of upper bass), Low Bass (emphasizes presences lower bass), and Off (bypasses Bass Engine SQ).

    Audio Enhancements: The iLX-207 provides Time Correction, Media Xpander Pro, and Source Volume Level to enhance your listening experience in the vehicle.

    • 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 (0-336.6cm) or time delay (0.0-9.9msec) of each speaker and subwoofer to the listener. You are able to save three time correction presets.
    • Media Xpander HD: Alpine's exclusive Media Xpander HD is engineered to bring out the musical details lost in compressed media, and it is adjustable per source to get the most out of your digital audio media. The Media Expander HD makes vocals or instruments sound distinct regardless of the music source. The FM radio, USB memory, HDMI, iPhone/iPod, Pandora, and Bluetooth Audio will be able to reproduce the music more clearly even in vehicles with a lot of road noise.
    • Source Volume Level: The output level (+/-14dB) of each source can be individually adjusted. For example, if the Tuner level sounds lower than Bluetooth, its output can be adjusted without affecting the other sources.

    Alpine's TuneIt App: The Alpine TuneIt app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ & Android OS 4.0+) is an easy-to-use sound-tuning app that also offers Facebook notifications. Download this free app from the Apple App Store or Google Play onto your compatible Apple iPhone or Android device and create a user profile about your vehicle and sound system. Your iPhone must be connected to the Alpine receiver via the appropriate Alpine connector cable (500KCU471I / 500KCU445I; sold separately) or the cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Alpine receiver. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Sound Tuning: The Alpine TuneIt app turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into a sound tuning interface for the Alpine receiver. Follow the simple graphical instructions on your phone to adjust sound settings for your specific vehicle or choose from pre-made settings in the database. Settings that can be adjusted include Parametric EQ, Bass Engine SQ, Crossover, and Media Xpander. As you change settings on your smartphone, you will hear the results, so you can customize the sound to exactly how you want it. You can make and save up to 100 different sound settings in your account, which is helpful if you want various settings to use for specific types of music. After tuning your system, upload your settings to the Alpine Cloud Server to share them with other Alpine fans. You can also check out other user's settings and rate them. The more active you are, the higher your profile status progresses within the app.
    • Facebook Notifications: The Alpine TuneIt app also keeps you in touch with your Facebook friends. When you receive a notification, you will get a visual alert on the smartphone and the head unit, plus a sound alert through your car speakers. The visual notification includes the Facebook icon and the sender's name, with the profile picture shown on the phone. You are then able to listen to the notification via TTS (Text-to-Speech) through the head unit and your vehicle's speaker. You can even "Like" the notification from the head unit's front-panel controls. In order to receive Facebook notifications on the head unit, the Alpine TuneIt app must be the active app on your smartphone.

    Note: Access to the Alpine TuneIt app will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. You will also need to turn on the GPS function of your phone.

    Beep Guide: This function will give audible feedback with varying tones depending upon the button pressed. The volume of this feature can be set from 0-7.

    AV & OEM Connectivity

    Camera Input: The iLX-207 features a proprietary camera input for connecting one of Alpine's proprietary backup cameras (sold separately). There is also a composite video rearview camera adapter which allows you to connect almost any camera with a composite video connector, like Alpine's Alpine HCE-C125 camera (500HCEC125, sold separately). You can only use one or the other; you cannot use both types of camera inputs. In order to connect two cameras to receiver, you will need Alpine's KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (500KCXC250, sold separately), which only works with the Alpine's proprietary cameras (sold separately).

    • Multi-View: The iLX-207's camera input can be set as a Rear camera, Front camera, or Side camera.
    • Guidelines: The rear-view camera function also provides on-screen color-coded guidelines to assist you when backing up your vehicle into a parking space. There is also a Hitch Guide feature which marks the position of the junction between your vehicle and your trailer on the head unit's monitor, when backing up.
    • Auto Rearview Switching:  If a rear-view camera is connected, you should also connect the unit's reverse lead wire (Orange/white) to your vehicle's back-up lamp circuit. When properly connected, the image from the rear-view camera automatically appears on the monitor when the vehicle is shifted into reverse. Automatic video switching takes approximately 0.75 seconds.
    Note: The rear view camera feature is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the rear-view camera when backing-up. In addition to using the rear-view camera, always look behind you to make sure everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.

    iDatalink Serial Port: The Alpine iLX-207 is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket Alpine receiver to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, select Volkswagens with factory digital amplifier, and select Toyota/Scion vehicles.

    • Retained Features: The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Dodge/Chrysler, and VW owners swap out their factory radio for this aftermarket Alpine head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync system, GM OnStar system, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect system, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, USB interface, Satellite Radio, and 911 assist. You also get to keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned to that particular vehicle). *Retained features will vary by vehicle.
    • Extra Features: In some installations, the iDatalink Maestro RR lets you configure the head unit to operate interior climate controls and provides extra visual data; such as User Selectable Gauges, Vehicle Info (Tire Pressure/Battery Voltage/Check Engine Codes/Door Ajar Warning), and Visual Park Assist. *Extra features will vary by vehicle.

    Note: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable, which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestro RR interface module with the correct firmware from iDatalink's website. In addition to flashing the iDatalink Maestro RR module, you'll also need a vehicle specific harness (sold separately). The Alpine receiver's OEM Setup menu must also be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory system before initial operation.

    Audio/Video Input: The Alpine iLX-207 is fitted with one rear-panel AV minijack (3.5mm) input to connect an external AV source.

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    7" Capacitive Touchscreen: The 7" capacitive touchscreen boasts a 800 x 480 resolution (1.15 million pixels) with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The touchscreen monitor provides a balanced picture, not over-emphasizing dark or light areas, so album art, map screens, and videos are seen with greater clarity. The capacitive touchscreen requires less pressure, responds faster, and can recognize multiple touch points simultaneously; all advantages when compared to traditional resistive touchscreen displays. The iLX-207's intuitive touchscreen interface allows for 4-way swipe action control - Left, Right, Down, & Up.

    • Swipe to the Right to access the Audio and Video commands. Within the Audio and Video screen, you can swipe across to access all your entertainment sources (such as HD Radio, Pandora, SiriusXM (optional), Bluetooth audio streaming, etc.).
    • Swipe to the Left to access Preset buttons or the Quick Search mode screen.
    • Swipe Down to access the adjustment settings to the Audio system or Rear Seat Entertainment system (sold separately).
    • Swipe Up to access Bluetooth and Source Selection.
    Note: Conveniently located Power/Menu, Source, Maps, Volume Up/Down, Previous/Next Track, Favorite, and Voice buttons are accessible along the bottom edge of the 7" touchscreen monitor for quick access and simple control.

    My Favorites: This unit enables you to recall functions easily be registering frequently used items, such as specific sources, to the Favorite screen. You can create up to 6 favorite screens with up 54 selections (9 each).

    Variable Color Illumination: You can adjust the receiver's LCD screen color from Blue, Green, Red, or White. You can also adjust the color illumination of the head unit's hard-key buttons from Blue, Light Blue, Aqua, Red, Green, Yellow, or Amber.

    Brightness Control: You can adjust the brightness of the LCD backlight from -15 to +15 and the brightness of the button illumination from -2 to +2. You can then select one of the following modes for both the LCD's backlight and button illumination - Auto (adjusts the brightness of the background illumination based on the ambient light in your vehicle), On (keeps the background illumination of the monitor dark), or Off (keeps the background illumination of the monitor bright).

    Clock Display: The iLX-207 lets you select between a 12 hour or 24 hour clock. The clock is displayed on each source screen and turns off when the head unit is powered down.

    Video Lockout: For safety and legal reasons, the iLX-207 features a video lock-out feature to prevent the driver from viewing a video source (AUX, HDMI, & USB) while the vehicle is in motion. To watch a video source, the vehicle must be stopped with the parking brake engaged and the ignition in the ACC or ON position. This also includes advanced setup menus. CarPlay & Android Auto do not require the Parking Brake to be engaged.

    Remote Control: The Alpine iLX-207offers compatibility with factory steering wheel controls (adapter sold separately) and supports Alpine's IR wireless remote control (sold separately) for added convenience.

    • Steering Wheel Control Input: The head unit features an 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 an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).
    • Optional Wireless Remote: The Alpine iLX-207 is wireless remote control ready. Simply add on the Alpine RUE-4202 IR remote (500RU4202, sold separately) to make it even easier to control the head unit's basic tuner & playback functions.

    Accessory Control Ready: You can also use the iLX-207 to control external accessories like a light bar, motorized tonneau cover, or winch when used with the optional KAC-001 External Accessory Controller (500KAC001, sold separately). The KAC-001 works with up to eight relay-connected accessories which can be controlled from the iLX-207's touchscreen. A graphical icon and name can be assigned to each accessory for quick identification on the touchscreen.

     

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    My factory radio died out 3 months ago. I've spent every waking week since researching and researching again to find the perfect radio for me. I finally landed on the Alpine ILX-207. A bit pricier than other units with the same or more features. However, the capacative screen, the slick user interface, and robust options won it for me. Plus, you can't beat open box. It's just as good as buying new. [ Forrest  Nov 17, 2017 ]
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    Great radio with great features. I had the Alpine cde w265, which is a great sounding radio, but i wanted something that LOOKED better in the dash. This radio has an excellent display with a touch screen and being an alpine fan, this was the way to go. [ Paul  Oct 06, 2017 ]
    Apple/Android native support, plus a myriad of other features. Truly a Swiss Army knife of HU's. [ Kevin  Aug 22, 2017 ]
    Capacitive touch screen, iDatalink Maestro digital compatibility, HD radio [ Jason  Aug 10, 2017 ]

    25 questions already asked

    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Jun 20, 2018 ]  Staff
    Well, you didnt say what vehicle you have, but my '05 silverado did not need the back cut at all and fit nicely. [ charles  Jun 04, 2018 ]
    I don't think so. Even if you could, the mounting wouldn't line up with the rest of dash. It definitely won't fit properly without trimming the plastic piece. The piece you have to trim is hidden so you'll never see it. I used a razor to start and a serrated blade to finish. It took about 5 minutes. I replaced the factory HU - RES130. I have the Infinity system with aftermarket speakers. This HU was the best upgrade yet. MUCH better audio than factory. [ Bryan  Jun 03, 2018 ]
    I assume it would be possible... I have a 09 jk and didn't have to cut or trim anything. [ Brent  Jun 03, 2018 ]
    My answer was a mess of auto correct on my phone. The deck uses a Fakra connector. My Subaru used a non Fakra connector but I was able to remove the actual connector from the cable and swap it out. If you search for Fakra connector you'll find all you need to swap it out if your vehicle uses a different style. [ ROBERT  Jun 06, 2018 ]
    Yes uses the factory antenna [ Lori  May 28, 2018 ]
    Yes but you will need the xm Sirius radio transmitter and this adapter ...... iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN-ANT-SAT1 SAT 1 OEM Farka to Aftermarket Satellite adaptor [ Matt  May 28, 2018 ]
    I tried with my 2011 ford F250 but the adapter was not the same. I ended up using the one provided from Alpine and it works great. Better then my factory one. [ Davin  May 28, 2018 ]
    Yes [ WILLIAM  May 28, 2018 ]
    The connector that it's above comes with is an industry standard Fakra one. My Subaru used a proprietary connector but I was able to do the Subaru one of and mounted the Fakra I took off the Alpine antenna. There's write is on how to do this on the internet. [ ROBERT  May 28, 2018 ]
    You should be able to since the vehicle is equipped with WiFi [ Robert  May 31, 2018 ]
    I have it in a 08 Silverado (10 amplified channels with 16 speakers in a single cab!) with a custom built Wilson 4G Booster and run my iPhone X hotspot. IDK about a 2015, Sorry. [ DANIEL  May 30, 2018 ]
    I don't think so. But you will loose Nav for sure the nave in the system works off your phone either by Apple car play or android auto. If you have the bose system you have to get the bose adapter for another $400. If I didn't add a subwoofer I think I would have stayed stock [ John  May 23, 2018 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  May 29, 2018 ]  Staff
    Mine installed great. He had to leave the disc holders in, but it works great. I put two big box speakers in the back and it sounds wonderful. Got SiriusXM and mounted it on the area just behind the windshield. I hope you don't mean will the CD still work. There's no player in this. [ Melvin  May 23, 2018 ]
    Yes it is compatible but Iwould use a regular size amp [ Robert  May 02, 2018 ]
    I've had zero complaints. I mounted it above the rear view mirror in a Jeep Wrangler JKU. [ JASON  Apr 24, 2018 ]
    This may not be of much help as I haven't tried the external mic yet. Out of the box my internal mix doesn't function. I've tried on phone calls,FaceTime calls, and even leaving a voicemail. No one could hear me speaking. I haven't got around to installing the external mix yet but I would guess it works much better [ Anthony  Apr 24, 2018 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. [ Krissy  Apr 16, 2018 ]  Staff
    Yes you can [ JAROD  Apr 21, 2018 ]
    blue, light blue, aqua, red, green, amber, and yellow are all available with this model. [ JASON  Mar 13, 2018 ]
    Yes you can change all the colors is settings display/key option [ Lori  Mar 13, 2018 ]
    Yes, you can change the button colors to amber. [ ROBERT  Mar 13, 2018 ]
    orange or amber are not options [ BRIAN  Mar 13, 2018 ]
    I am using Apple Carplay and this unit (unlike the iLX-107) requires are hardwired connection. I suspect Android Auto is the same but cannot confirm. [ David  Feb 16, 2018 ]
    No I do not use bluetooth to connect android auto. I have an iPhone. As soon as connect my iPhone all of my info comes up. No need to use bluetooth [ Robert  Feb 16, 2018 ]
    No, it has to be connected via USB directly to the iLX-207, not thru the vehicle USB. Phone calls & playing music thru your phone are via bluetooth or USB. I had to disconnect the iDatalink Maestro USB & added a dash mounted USB connected directly to the iLX-207 to plug my phone in. [ Ken  Feb 16, 2018 ]
    Yes [ Robert  Feb 13, 2018 ]
    Yes [ Kendall  Feb 13, 2018 ]
    I know it supports a video connection, but I have no experience with the word composite, and I didn't hook one up in my car. [ Melvin  Feb 13, 2018 ]
    Yes, and it works well. Engages when the car is shifted into reverse. Clear image. [ PAUL  Feb 13, 2018 ]
    Sorry no. It only comes with the images you see [ Matt  Jan 30, 2018 ]
    By home screen if you mean the radio itself sans it running CarPlay or Android auto it's right in the first shot there. The device set showing all of the sources with the Phone/Car Info/Setup and all icons. [ Frank  Jan 29, 2018 ]
    When you go into the individual functions like radio, satellite, etc. You can get the information for what it is you sitting on and with a few swipes add the presets screen it the likes. They picture the main menu and of course there is also the Android auto/ Apple car play that you can leave it on. The star button allows you to set favorites from all the sources in one area [ ROBERT  Jan 29, 2018 ]
    I believe the Sirius antenna needs a clear view to the south, so if it were in your car and you were heading north it may not work. The Bluetooth antenna is built into the deck. [ Kendall  Jan 10, 2018 ]
    I put mine in a Smart car convertible. We just put the antenna on the windshield frame so it didn't bother the top in any way. I've had them inside and the reception is awful especially going south. [ Melvin  Jan 10, 2018 ]
    Yes. I have a 2011 F250 and getting the antenna up the the factory location was not going to work, so mine is mounted inside on the passenger side dash. The antenna comes with a magnetic sticker, put that in your desired location and your good to go [ Davin  Jan 10, 2018 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Jan 03, 2018 ]  Staff
    Not very well. There is a single cd/dvd player that can be attached or you could use an FM-modulator cd changer. [ Justin  Dec 03, 2017 ]
    No, it only supports a external DVD player which is connected via hdmi cable [ Matt  Dec 03, 2017 ]
    Yes, it has an accessory option but may need an adapter depending on which type. [ ROY  Dec 03, 2017 ]
    The GPS through Car Play uses the same amount of data as if you are using GPS on your phone and only uses data if you are actually using your GPS. I've not lost cell coverage yet, so I'm not sure about your second question. However, the GPS is a reflection of your smartphone. I will say that I've been very satisfied with this unit. [ William  Nov 14, 2017 ]
    I'm assuming it uses your data, but have not verified it. I have found that if I have my nav going before I lose service it'll continue to work while out of service, but if you try to use nav while you're out of service will not work. [ Kendall  Nov 14, 2017 ]
    It uses your navigation app from your phone, so if you don't have the maps downloaded before you go out of service, you probably won't have them. [ Melvin  Nov 13, 2017 ]
    Not that I know of but ask the sales guys. I'm very happpy with it [ JEFF  Sep 28, 2017 ]
    Not that I know about. Ask the manufacturer? [ Melvin  Sep 28, 2017 ]
    No, the Alpine does not have a stand alone Navigation. The GPS antenna that is included with the radio is to assist the Navigation on the phone. It works really Good too. [ JEFFREY A  Aug 22, 2017 ]
    Sure. You can connect the phone to the Alpine's built-in Bluetooth (hands-free calling & stereo audio streaming) leaving the USB input available for the USB mass storage drive. I hope that helps. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan  Aug 09, 2017 ]  Staff
    We don't have definitive information on this one, but updates are typically done through the USB port on a receiver My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Aug 07, 2017 ]  Staff
    Devices capable of wirelessly "casting" or mirroring would generally require some sort of Wi-Fi connection in your vehicle to make that happen. Regardless, you wouldn't have the option to select a separate audio source if the HDMI is the selected source on the Alpine iLX-207. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. [ Larry  Aug 08, 2017 ]  Staff
    The Alpine iLX-207 does include both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology--however given that it has a single USB port, you wouldn't be able to have both an iPhone and Android connected simultaneously. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. [ Larry  Aug 08, 2017 ]  Staff
    The Alpine iLX-207 does not feature wireless CarPlay connectivity like the iLX-107 (which is the only current aftermarket unit that does). However the iLX-207 adds Android Auto, HD Radio, and SiriusXM compatibility; none of which are included in the iLX-107. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/advisors/larry [ Larry  Aug 07, 2017 ]  Staff
    I've had this question too and in all of the materials I've been able to find, the ilx-207 has not been mentioned as having wireless Carplay capability. The Carplay (and now Android Auto) appears to be supported here by plug-in. I suspect this may be a better fit in regard to resale potential for the car even if you don't use Android; but I'm looking at the possibility of buying an Android phone and this unit just to get the Google Maps which is supported in Android Auto. [ Charles  Aug 03, 2017 ]