2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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Item # 500ILX207 | MFR # iLX-207
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Like that handy multi-tool in your pocket, Alpine's iLX-207 digital media 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anonymous, Rio Grande City, TX
Average Customer Review(s):
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.
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.
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).
Been in for two weeks and I love it.
Pros: Sounds good, lots of features
Very nice display. Everything laid out very logically and simple to use.
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
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 ????????????????
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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, only drawback is all gauges dont work as promised and it was installed by alpine certified dealer
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.
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!
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.
|AUX Input||Mini (rear)|
|Audio/video Input||HDMI (rear), Mini (rear)|
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||18 watts|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||18 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||4 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
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.
- 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 also 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 a microUSB-to-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:
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 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).
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 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.
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|
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.
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:
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.
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 front-panel 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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Audio Enhancements: The iLX-207 provides Time Correction, Media Xpander Pro, and Source Volume Level to enhance your listening experience in the vehicle.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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looks nice....supposed to be compatible with my iPhone [ Sean Feb 17, 2018 ]
It's an Alpine with a reasonable price tag. Why not? [ Ryan Jan 27, 2018 ]
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 ]
I've been looking for a CarPlay radio with HD radio as well, plus you can go wrong with Alpine radios!!! [ Hamlet Oct 17, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Yes, it has voice controls and it does display the album covers. [ Melvin Aug 25, 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 ]
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