Touchscreen & Remote Control
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
HDMI & USB Integration
Audio & DSP Section
AV + OEM Connectivity
Touchscreen & Remote Control
9" Capacitive Touchscreen: The 9" 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-F309's intuitive
touchscreen interface allows for 4-way swipe action control - Left, Right, Down,
- Swipe Up to access Source Selection options (such as HD Radio, Pandora,
SiriusXM, Bluetooth, etc.)
- Swipe Down to access Audio Settings or your Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE).
- Swipe Left to access Presets or the Quick Search mode screen.
- Swipe Right to access the Main Menu screen.
Note: Conveniently located Power/Menu, Volume
Up/Down, Mute, Voice Recognition, Favorite, Previous/Next Track
buttons are accessible along the bottom edge of the 9" capacitive touchscreen for
quick access and simple control.
Single-DIN (2") Installation: The 9" capacitive
attached to an adjustable mount connected to a Single-DIN (2") chassis. The
screen hovers over or in front of the dash while its rear housing tapers off
cleanly at the edges for a thin and modern silhouette. Various mounting
positions allow for screen to be positioned to avoid features on the dash such
as air vents and buttons around the radio. At its default position, the screen's
sliding mount is pushed out, sitting at a 90-degree angle and the bottom of the
screen is centered with the Single-DIN (2") chassis. At this point, the screen
can be angled at select positions to assist during installation, help with
visibility, or move it away from other items on the dashboard.
- The screen can be positioned 0.75" (20mm) deep from the default position
to be closer to the dash, and higher or lower up to 1.1875" (30mm) from the
default position to adjust for height in the dash. The screen position must
be adjusted prior to installation. It cannot be adjusted while installed in
- The screen can be manually tilted up or down, depending on the position of the
up/down location. There are four pre-set angle points (45°, 20°, 0°, -20°)
to allow for better viewing of the screen. The mounting angle must be
adjusted prior to installation. It cannot be adjusted while installed in the
- Once the desired screen position is determined, the screen and mount get
fixed to the chassis for a sturdy fit and finish. The 9" capacitive
touchscreen is not detachable.
Note: The Alpine iLX-F309 mounts in a Single-DIN (2") opening using the your
vehicle's factory brackets or the brackets included with your dash kit (sold
separately). The iLXF-309 is not recommended for dash kits with "snap-on"
brackets; make sure the dash kit uses "bolt-on" brackets. The iLXF-309 does not mount in
a dash using a sleeve or cage.
My Favorites: This unit enables you to recall functions
easily be registering frequently used items, such as specific audio sources and
most-dialed contacts, to the
Favorite screen. A shortcut soft-key on the touchscreen within all audio and
phone sources makes it easy to select your Favorite sources or contacts. Easily
add, delete, and re-arrange your shortcut icons by dragging the icon(s) to a new
location on the screen. Your settings are kept as a personal profile linked to
your smartphone via Bluetooth. You can create up to 6 favorite screens with up 54 selections
Variable Color Illumination: You can adjust the receiver's
LCD screen color from Blue, Light Blue, Aqua, Red, Green, Light Green, Amber, or
White. The unit's button illumination will always remain white.
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-F309 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-F309 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.
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).
Accessory Control Ready: You can also use the iLX-F309 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-F309's touchscreen. A graphical icon and
name can be assigned to each accessory for quick identification on the
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-F309. 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-F309
in-dash receiver. With Apple CarPlay, you can control these functions from the
iLX-F309 receiver's 7" capacitive touchscreen or activate Siri for minimized
- 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-F309'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-F309. You
can browse your music by Playlist, Artist, Song, etc.. just like you would
on your iPhone from the iLX-F309's touchscreen. You can also use Siri to find
and play back your music. The iLX-F309'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
MLB.com At Bat,
CBS Radio News,
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.
- 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-F309
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 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
- 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 Music, Pandora,
Slacker Radio, &
Tune-In. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist
information and album art or station logo.
- Android smartphones with a USB Type-C connector (including the
Pixel) may not function without appropriate USB Type-A to USB Type-C
- Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be
used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android
- 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-F309 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-F309 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
- 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
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-F309's touchscreen. The HDMI input
supports video resolutions up to 720p.
- HDMI Output (w/ Dual Zone): The iLX-F309 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-F309's
rear-panel HDMI input can also 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
- iPhone Connectivity: If you have an iPhone 5 or newer
with the Lightning connector, you will need
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). Newer Samsung Galaxy and Note smartphones do not
support MHL. Some Android smartphone will require a MHL conversion 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
cable or the cable that came with your Apple device). The iLX-F309 supports audio
playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your
USB-connected Apple device with Lightning connector.
- Head Unit Control: The Alpine iLX-F309 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
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Alpine iLX-F309 is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 2/16/2018):
| 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 || 11.2.6 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| SE || 11.2.6 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6/6+/6S/6S+ || 11.2.6 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 7/7+ || 11.2.6 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 8/8+ || 11.2.6 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| X || 11.2.6 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch |
| 5th || 9.3.5 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 11.2.6 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| nano |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to
reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this
doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is 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
| 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 3.0: The Alpine iLX-F309 features
built-in Bluetooth 3.0 with support for hands-free phone communication and
wireless audio streaming. 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
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile),
PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP (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-F309.
Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual Phone Connection: You can pair up to 5
Bluetooth enabled devices with the Alpine head unit, and keep two phones
That way you can switch between devices a lot quicker without having to un-connect
and re-connect devices.
- Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing
(SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the iLX-F309 without
having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings (your phone
must also support SSP).
- Auto Pairing (for iPhone): 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.
Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The Alpine
iLX-F309 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-F309 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-F309 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-F309 provides a variety
of functions for placing a phone call without using your mobile phone. The
Alpine iLX-F309 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
- 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
- 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-F309 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-F309 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-F309 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
Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an
iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Alpine iLX-F309 has the ability to access
Siri through its front-panel/touchscreen controls and external microphone.
Simply press the head unit's "microphone" button on the front-panel 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-F309 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
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-F309; 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: The
free Pandora App (for
iOS 10.0+ &
Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the
Pandora music service
through the Alpine iLX-F309 using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (4S or newer) or
Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the
iLX-F309 via the Alpine
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-F309 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
- 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.
Apple Music Radio: You can playback Apple Music Radio on
your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iOS device through the Alpine iLX-F309.
With a WiFi or cellular connection, you can listen to Beats 1, The Mixtape, and
other live radio stations. Apple Music subscribers can also listen to on-demand
stations for every genre and stations they have personally created. You can use the head
unit's touchscreen to select between your Apple Music Radio stations. Apple
Music Radio playback is compatible with the following Apple iOS devices -
- iPhone: X, 8+/8, 7+/7, 6S+/6S/6+/6, 5S/5C/5, SE, & 4S -
running iOS 9.3.5 or newer
- iPod: touch (6th, 5th generation) - running at iOS
9.3.5 or newer
Note: Your Apple iOS device will need an active Data Plan
account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.
SiriusXM Ready: The Alpine iLX-F309 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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
- 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-F309.
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
You can also input a station number directly from the head unit's LCD
- Tuner Quality Setting: This unit can be set to three different FM
tuner quality settings - Normal (standard), HiFi (high-quality), or Stable
- 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
- 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
6ch/4V Preouts + Sub Control: The iLX-F309
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-F309 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,
- 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
Audio Enhancements: The iLX-F309 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
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
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-F309 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-F309'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-F309 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, plus select
Honda/Acura, Toyota/Scion, Volkswagen & Subaru vehicles with factory digital
- 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
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-F309 is fitted with one
rear-panel AV minijack (3.5mm) input to connect an external AV source.