Overview: The Alpine IVA-W203 is a Double-DIN multimedia head-unit
featuring an integrated 6.5" widescreen display designed to easily mount flush
in many double-DIN dashes of today's automobiles. The IVA-W203 is equipped with
a built-in DVD/CD player, AM/FM tuner and navigation dock for an optional Alpine
GPS unit while allowing you to connect to
multiple audio/video sources with an abundance of convenient features that give
you full control from one central touch-screen.
External Device Connection
Motorized, 6.5" Touch Screen Display: The IVA-W203 has a motorized 6.5" wide
screen/touch screen monitor (with
16:9 aspect ratio) that serves as a video monitor and system information
display. You can adjust the monitor's angle to one of six settings for better visibility.
Video Lock-out Feature: For
safety and legal reasons, the IVA-W203 features a video lock-out feature to
prevent the viewing of a video source while the vehicle is in motion. To watch a
video source, the vehicle must be parked with the ignition in the ACC or ON
position. The vehicle's parking brake must be engaged, disengaged, and engaged
again while the foot brake is held in.
Display Modes: You can select
one of the following display modes:
- Mode 1 (Wide): evenly
stretches a 4:3 picture horizontally to fit the wide screen monitor
- Mode 2 (Cinema): displays a 4:3 picture by stretching
out the picture horizontally and vertically; this mode is good for
displaying a cinema-type picture with a 16:9 ratio
- Mode 3 (Normal): displays
a 4:3 picture at the center of the screen with a vertical black band at each
TV Screen Mode: This feature
allows you to select the viewable aspect ratio of the IVA-W203's screen to
match the source being played; choose 4:3 Letter- Box, 4:3
Pan-Scan, or 16:9 Wide-Screen.
Visual EQ Mode: You can select
one of the following preset modes suitable for the subject image:
- Night Mode: suitable for
movies in which dark scenes frequently appear
- Soft: suitable for
- Sharp: suitable for old
movies where images are not clearly shown
- Contrast: suitable for
- User Memory (P-1, P-2): preset values for Brightness, Color, Tint, Contrast, and Sharpness
Illumination Control: You can
select one of the following dimmer settings:
- Auto: adjusts the
brightness of the background illumination of the monitor depending on the
ambient light in your vehicle
- On: keeps the background
illumination of the monitor dark
- Off: keeps the background
illumination of the monitor bright
Button Lighting Dimmer: You can
adjust the brightness of the button lighting at night from -2 to +2.
Background Screen: You have a
choice of 2 different background textures. These backgrounds are visible when
the built-in DVD/CD player or the tuner is selected. When Auto Background is activated, the
background texture will change each time the ignition key is turned off and
turned on again.
Background Data Download: You
can download wallpaper from Alpine's website to a CD-R or CD-RW, then upload and
store the wallpaper in the IVA-W203.
Blackout Display Mode: When the Blackout mode is activated, the
display turns off to reduce power consumption. The additional power made
available by turning off the display helps enhance sound quality.
24-Bit DAC: The IVA-W203
utilizes a 24-bit D/A converter to ensure accurate audio reproduction.
- Bass Control:
- Bass Center Frequency:
Select from 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz
- Bass Band Width:
Select from 1 (narrow) to 4 (wide)
- Bass Level: Select
from -7 to +7
- Treble Control:
- Treble Center Frequency:
Select from 10kHz, 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz
- Treble Level:
-7 to +7
Loudness: The Loudness feature
introduces a special low and high frequency emphasis at low listening levels.
This compensates for the ear's decreased sensitivity to bass and treble sound at
Subwoofer Control: The IVA-W203
features a dedicated subwoofer preamp output with user level adjustment between
0 to 15.
High Pass Filter: The receiver
features independent high-pass filters for the front and rear
channels (speaker level and line outputs); select crossover frequencies of 80, 120, or 160Hz.
Each crossover can also be turned off to send a full range signal.
Digital Output: There is an optical digital
output on the back of the unit that supports Dolby Digital and
DTS for connecting the unit to an optional audio processor. You can
select a digital output setting of Auto or LPCM. When set to Auto, the digital
output is switched automatically according to the type of audio signals being
played. When set to LPCM, the audio signals recorded on the disc are converted
to 48kHz/16-bit (for DVDs) or 44.1kHz (for Video CDs and CDs) linear PCM audio
signals for output.
Preamp Inputs/Outputs: When the
System Switch is in the Normal position, the IVA-W203 provides preamp outputs
for front, rear, and subwoofer channels. When the System Switch on the bottom of
the chassis is in the EQ/DIV
position, the front and rear preamp connections operate as inputs, allowing you
to connect an optional EQ or audio processor.
Rear Entertainment Function:
The rear entertainment function independently routes different sources to the
front and rear in a vehicle. For example, while listening to the radio or other
audio source in the front, a DVD can be enjoyed in the rear with an optional
rear monitor and headphones; the rear zone signals are passed by RCA composite
video and stereo RCA preamp audio connections.
Simultaneous Function: This
function allows you to watch the video signal from one source, while listening to
the audio of another source.
DVD/Video CD Player
Compatible Discs: The unit's
integrated DVD/CD player will black back the following disc types - DVD Video
including DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW, DVD Audio, Video CD and Music CD including
MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM,
CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3 and WMA files recorded using the ISO 9660
Level 1 or Level 2 formats; constant and variable bit rates from 32 kbps to 320
kbps are supported for MP3 and WMA. Discs recorded using
Joliet, Romeo, or other ISO 9660 compliant formats can be played, but file and
folder names may not be displayed correctly. CD-ROM XA, Mixed Mode CD, Enhanced
CD (CD-Extra) and multi-session recordings are supported, but recordings made
using Track At Once or packet writing cannot be correctly played back. ID3 tag and WMA
tag are supported; track title, artist name, and album name data can be
DVD Control Menu: During DVD
playback, the control menu is accessible by touching the screen. The 2-page menu
appears at the bottom of the screen allowing you to skip tracks forward or
backward, stop or pause playback, access the DVD menu, change the audio
language, subtitle language, camera angles, and change the display modes. You
can also access a 10-key numeric keyboard for direct chapter access. If
desired, you can access a more traditional cursor-type menu for DVD control.
Pre-stop Function: When the
stop button is pressed once, the position at which playback is stopped is stored
in the memory, and playback resumes from that position.
Motion Playback: When a DVD or Video CD is in the pause mode, you may move
forward through the program being played one step (frame) at a time, or in slow motion; 1/2x or 1/8x.
You can use
slow motion playback in the reverse direction. No audio is played during slow
While a DVD or Video CD is playing, you can view the program in double speed in
either direction by touching and holding the fast-forward or fast-reverse button
on the touch screen for more than 1 second. If held for 5 or more seconds,
playback at 8x speed in the selected direction will begin. If held for 10 or
more seconds, playback at 21x speed will begin.
Repeat Playback: When
playing a DVD, you can repeat the current title or the current chapter. When
playing a Video CD, you can repeat the current track or the entire disc.
Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the
viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles.
Note: This function is
limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.
Parental Lock: Parental Lock allows you to restrict the playback of DVDs that are unsuitable
for younger viewers. You can select a parental lock rating from 1-8, which is
protected by a 4-digit password.
AM/FM Tuner: The unit features
a built-in AM/FM tuner with two FM bands and one AM band.
Preset Tuning: You can preset up to
six stations for each band giving you a total of 12 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
The unit's tuner can also automatically seek and store six strong stations in a
selected band in order of signal strength.
External Device Connection
Audio/Video Input: Stereo RCA
jacks and an RCA composite video jack are provided for connecting an external
video source such as a VCR or video game.
Audio/Video Output: Stereo RCA
jacks and an RCA composite video jack are provided for feeding A/V signals to an
optional video monitor. When the Rear Entertainment Function is used and these
jacks are connected to a rear seat entertainment system (e.g. a rear seat
monitor and wireless headphones), your rear seat passengers can view/listen to a
different source than the one selected for the front passengers.
Rear Camera Input: A single
composite video input is provided for an optional rear-view camera. If a
rear-view camera is connected, you should also connect the reverse lead
(orange/white wire in the Remote in/out wiring harness) to the vehicle's back-up
lamp circuit. When properly connected, the image from the rear-view camera
appears on the monitor when the vehicle is shifted into reverse.
Navigation: The dock behind
the display panel allows you to insert an Alpine portable navigation device, such as the NVE-P1, into
the IVA-W203. Along with the navigation features that
integrate with the touch screen display, either navigation device adds wireless
Bluetooth hands free phone operation, using the microphone included with the
Note: There is a plastic
panel over the dock opening that will need to be removed before docking the
navigation unit. The Alpine PMD-B100 is not compatible with the IVA-W203.
iPod Full Speed: When used with the optional KCE-422i Alpine
Full Speed Connection cable (500KCE422i,
sold separately), your receiver can
interface with an Apple iPod with a dock connector. You can quickly and easily search
through all of the music contained on your iPod through Playlist, Artist, or
Album searches. You can view Artist, Album, Song Information and Song Number
on the head unit's display. The Full Speed Connection will also support
Apple lossless. The IVA-W203 will not navigate or display video files from video capable iPods.
The direct search bar has six buttons to quickly jump to specific parts of the list,
useful for large music libraries stored on an
iPod. The Alpine IVA-W203 is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the
following iPod model features (as of Dec. 2009):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Media Type|| Control||Display||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Unit||iPod||Song/Artist ||Track |
Note: This headunit will not charge iPod touch
(2nd/3rd generation) or iPod nano (4th/5th generation without the Alpine
KCX-422TR charging adapter (500KCX422T,
sold separately). Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you
may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain
functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the
older software version or wait until an newer software update is
Satellite Radio Ready:
There are several options for connecting an
optional Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
- SIRIUS Satellite Radio:
- Universal SIRIUS Tuner: You can connect the optional SIRIUS
SC-C1 Sirius-Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner, along with the Alpine
KCA-SC100 SIRIUS satellite Radio interface (700SIRALPC,
sold separately) directly to the head unit.
- SIRIUS Plug and Play: The KCA-SC100 (item number 500KCASC10)
also allows you to integrate many SIRIUS plug and play receivers when
used with the SiriusConnect Plug and Play Dock (700SIRALPP,
sold separately). Compatible
tuners include the Sportster, Starmate, Stratus, and Stiletto. You can
control the satellite receiver from your head unit and use the Quick
Search feature to browse all artists and songs currently playing on all
channels. The SIRIUS text information also appears on the head unit
- Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the
Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the
auxiliary input. The Alpine KCA-121B (500KCA121B,
sold separately) can also be
used to convert the Ai-NET to an auxiliary input.
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio
programming from SIRIUS or XM.
HD Radio Ready: The IVA-W203
can receive HD Radio signals when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module
sold separately) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. While receiving HD Radio,
the unit can automatically switch between the analog and digital signals, or you
can manually switch to the digital signals exclusively. When used with the
compatible HD Radio Tuner, the IVA-W203 supports Multicasting, which is the
ability to broadcast multiple programs streams over a single FM frequency,
thereby increasing the amount and diversity of content choices.
Bluetooth Interface Ready: Using the Alpine KCE-400BT
Bluetooth adapter with the KWE-460E interconnect
cable adapter (700KCE460B, sold separately), you can make and receive calls
hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through a
microphone (included with the Bluetooth interface) and your vehicle's speakers. If an Alpine
NVE-P1 navigation unit is docked inside the IVA-W203 you do not need the
KCA-400BT adapter; both units have built-in Bluetooth.
Note: The Pass-Through port of the KCE-400BT allows you
to connect the Bluetooth adapter as well as an iPod to the IVA-W203. The
KWE-460 interconnection cable is still required along with a KCE-433iV Full
Speed iPod connection cable (500KCE433I, sold separately). The KCE-422i iPod cable will not be used in this configuration.
This unit is compatible with 6- and 12-disc Alpine Ai-NET CD changers.
Auxiliary Inputs: In addition to the unit's A/V Aux RCA
Input, the following optional adapter can be
used so audio from other auxiliary sources can be played through the unit's AI-Net
connection - KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable (500KCA121B,
sold separately). When the KCA-121B interface cable is used, a CD changer cannot
be connected to the head unit.
IR Wireless Remote: In addition
to the unit's touch-screen and hard-key controls, the IVA-W203 comes supplied
with a full-function IR wireless remote control.
Optional Factory Steering Wheel
Remote Interface The IVA-W203 has a steering remote control jack on the back
panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (
127SWIJACK, sold separately), you can
retain the use of your factory steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when
replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible
with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles
include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge,
Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus,
Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth,
Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley
Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle
Mounting: When mounting the IVA-W203 using the included sleeve there
are three depth position options offering these measurements:
- Mounting Depth: 6.507"
- Nose Depth: 1.086"
- Mounting Depth: 6.782"
- Nose Depth: 0.811"
- Mounting Depth: 7.057"
- Nose Depth: 0.536"