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Our take on the Alpine IVA-W205 by Crutchfield's Matt Holliday
Alpine's IVA-W205 DVD receiver features a 6.5" touchscreen for playback of your DVD movies, and its powerful internal amplifier gives your movies and music a robust sound. You can play CDs or DVDs loaded with your favorite digital music files, while Alpine's MediaXpander fills in the gaps in your compressed music.
Connect Alpine's high-speed iPod® adapter for access to your digital music files, or add a satellite radio or HD Radio tuner for more listening options. If you own a Bluetooth phone, Alpine's adapter will allow you to make and receive calls through your stereo's speakers.
You'll also find an optical output and sound processor control to bring true 5.1-channel sound to your movies. An A/V input gives you the freedom to add a gaming system or other video device, while the A/V output makes it easy to set up an extra monitor in the back for rear seat passengers. A dedicated rear camera input lets you keep tabs on what's behind your vehicle.
Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.
Easy to install. Awesome deck. Great sound. Works great with ipod adapter. Very easy to operate, also loved the nav with blackbird. Thanks for wire harness, works great.
von, nashville tn
What's in the Box:
- 2-DIN Multimedia Receiver with 6.5" wide LCD monitor
- Sleeve (installed)
- Trim ring
- Power harness (has in-line 10A fuse and fuse holder)
- Remote in/out harness
- RUE-4203 wireless remote control
- 1 CR2025 lithium battery
- 2 Removal keys
- 8 Pan-head machine screws
- 6 Countersunk machine screws
- 2 Adhesive seals
- 2 Very small machine screws
- Owner's Manual (English/French/Spanish)
- Customer Care Registration card
- Removal of Optional Navigation System note
- "Dock and Roll" sheet
- in-dash DVD receiver with 6.5" touchscreen and internal amp (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
- fits double-sized dash openings
- plays DVD Video including DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW, DVD-Audio (2-channel downmix), Video CD and Music CD including CD-R/RW
- plays MP3 and WMA files on CD
- compatible with Alpine iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, HD Radio tuner, CD changer, navigation system, and surround-sound processor
- rear camera input
- A/V input and output
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Features and Specs
|AUX Input||Rear and Optional Rear|
|Memory Card Slot||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||Both|
|RMS Power Output||18 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Overview: The Alpine IVA-W205 is a 2-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-W205 is equipped with a built-in DVD/CD player, AM/FM tuner and navigation dock for an optional Alpine Blackbird portable 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.
Note: The IVA-W205 is not compatible with the NVE-P1 navigation unit. The headunit may be damaged if the NVE-P1 is docked.
Motorized, 6.5" Wide Touch Screen PulseTouch Display: The IVA-W205 has a motorized 6.5" wide, touch screen monitor (with 16:9 aspect ratio) that serves as a video monitor and system information display. The unit's touch screen features "PulseTouch," which provides tactile feedback, along with audible and visual confirmation, to the user to confirm the input of commands. It uses different vibrations and pressures that simulate what it feels like when you tap a real button, hold a button down, move a slider or touch where no screen commands exist. You can adjust the monitor's angle for better visibility. You can choose one of five angles.
Video Lock-out Feature: For safety and legal reasons, the IVA-W205 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 side
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-W205.
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.
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 portion of one source, while listening to the audio portion of another source.
24-Bit DAC: The IVA-W205 utilizes a 24-bit D/A converter to ensure accurate audio reproduction.
AM/FM Tuner: The unit features a built-in AM/FM tuner with two FM bands and one AM band. 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.
Interrupt Feature (NAV.MIX): With an Alpine navigation system connected to the IVA-W205, the voice guidance of the navigation system will be mixed with the radio or CD audio. You can adjust the volume level of the voice guidance. If you use this unit connected to an external audio processor, use the built in amplifier. You cannot use this function with an external amplifier.
IR Wireless Remote: In addition to the unit's touch-screen and hard-key controls, the IVA-W205 comes supplied with a full-function IR wireless remote control.
Optional Factory Steering Wheel Remote Interface The IVA-W205 has a "steering remote control" jack on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item #127SWIJACK), 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 is compatible.
Overview: The Alpine IVA-W205 features i-Personalize, which provides the user an extraordinary degree of system personalization. You can select from a wide variety of audio, video and display modes to suit your personal tastes.
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 CGs and animated films
- Sharp: suitable for old movies where images are not clearly shown
- Contrast: suitable for recent movies
- User Memory (P-1, P-2): You can change and save Brightness, Color, Tint, Contrast, and Sharpness values of -15 to +15 from any of the presets in up to two user memories
TV Screen Mode: This feature allows you to select the viewable aspect ratio of the IVA-W250's screen to match the source being played. You can choose from 4:3 Letter- Box, 4:3 Pan-Scan, 16:9 Wide-Screen.
Bass Engine: Bass Engine functions provide control over your system, so you can tailor the sound to your personal tastes. Bass Engine includes the following functions:
- 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 lower volumes.
Subwoofer Control: The IVA-W205 features a dedicated subwoofer preamp output with user level adjustment between 0 to 15.
High Pass Filter: The receiver features an independent high-pass filter for the front and rear speaker channels. You can select from Off, 80, 120, or 160Hz.
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 CD-R/RW.
Note: Two-layer DVD discs are not compatible.
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 32 kbps to 320 kbps for 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. Discs containing both standard CD audio and MP3 data can be played; the unit may be set to play only the CD audio tracks or both types of tracks. ID3 tag v1 and WMA tag are supported; track title, artist name and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.
DVD Menu Direct Touch Control: The unique PulseTouch touch screen allows you to activate selections on the DVD main menu by directly touching the screen on the desired selection instead of navigating choices using cursors.
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.
Dolby Digital and DTS Compatibility: The IVA-W205 can perform Dolby Digital and DTS decoding when playing back a DVD through its analog outputs, it just happens to be 2-channel audio and not 5.1-channel. When the optical digital output (standard Toslink) on the rear of the head unit is connected to an optional Alpine digital audio processor, you can enjoy Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround.
Pre-stop Function: When the Pre-stop function is used, the position at which playback is stopped is stored in the memory, and playback resumes from that position.
Step/Slow 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 one of the following slow motion speeds: 1/2 or 1/8. When playing a DVD or CD, you can use slow motion playback in the reverse direction. No audio is played during slow motion playback.
Fast-Forward/Fast-Reverse: 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 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.
Digital Output: 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.
Blackbird II Compatible: The IVA-W205 allows you to dock Alpine's Blackbird II, portable navigation unit (PMD-B200, sold separately) inside the unit behind the slide-down video display and above the CD/DVD slot. Docking the PMD-200 gives you a portable GPS unit you can use in the car, adding navigation to your system. The PMD-B200 also doubles as an MP3 player, due to its SD-card slot, letting you listen to high-quality in-car sound from your portable MP3 music collection. In addition, the PMD-B200 also gives you wireless Bluetooth capability using the supplied microphone that comes with the Blackbird II.
Note: There is a plastic panel over the dock opening that will need to be removed before docking the Blackbird, PMD-B200. The PMD-B100 is not compatible with the IVA-W205.
iPod Full Speed: When used with the optional KCE-422i Alpine Full Speed Connection cable (500KCE422i), your receiver can interface with any Apple iPod with a dock connector. The adapter can be used with virtually any dock connector-equipped iPod, including the following versions - Fourth generation iPod: Ver.3.1.1, Fifth generation iPod: Ver.1.1.2, iPod photo: Ver.1.2.1, iPod mini: Ver.1.4.1, iPod nano: (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation), iPod classic (80, 120, 160 GB), iPod touch (1st, 2nd generation), iPhone: Ver. 1.0.1. 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 right on the head unit's display. The Full Speed Connection will also support Apple lossless. The IVA-W205 will not navigate or display video files from video capable iPods. The IVA-W205 features the following advanced iPod functions.
- QuickSearch: With Alpine's exclusive QuickSearch technology, you can get super-fast access to artists, songs, albums, and playlists. Large control buttons and a rotary encoder make it easy to search all sources, including iPod and satellite radio.
- Percentage Search: For especially big music libraries store on an iPod, the new Percentage Search function uses the preset buttons of the IVA-W250 for quick jumps to specific parts of the list.
Note: The cable will not charge the iPod nano 4th generation or iPod touch 2nd generation. The cable cannot be used with iPod software versions earlier than "2006-06-28". For details about "iPod Software Update", refer to the iPod's Instruction Manual.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
- XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner (220CNP20UC) and the Alpine CNP-ALP1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMALP1).
- 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 (package item number 700SIRALPC) directly to the head unit.
- SIRIUS Plug and Play: The KCA-SC100 (item number 500KCASC10) allows you to integrate many SIRIUS plug and play receivers. 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 display.
- Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the
Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an
auxiliary input. (If the head unit doesn't include an auxiliary input, you
will need the Alpine KCA-121B Auxiliary Input Adapter).
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
HD Radio Ready: The IVA-W205 can receive HD Radio signals when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (item number 500TUAT550) 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-W205 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: With the optional KCA-300BT Bluetooth adapter (item # 500KCE300B), you can make and receive calls hands-free on your Bluetooth-capable cellular phone, and communicate through an included microphone and your vehicle's speakers.
Note: If an Alpine Blackbird II (PMD-B200) is docked inside the IVA-W205 you do not need the KCA-300BT adapter since the PMD-B200 has built-in Bluetooth. The PMD-B200 comes with a microphone that will need to be used for hands-free communication.
USB Adapter Ready: With the optional KCA-620M USB adapter (item # 500KCA620M), you can connect and control MP3 players that have USB connections. In addition, if you have MP3s stored on a USB thumb drive, you can select and play those files from the head unit. The song information will even show on-screen.
Changer Controls: This unit is compatible with 6- and 12-disc Alpine Ai-NET CD changers; also, this unit can control Alpine Ai-NET CD/MP3 changers and DVD changers. Alpine M-Bus CD changers cannot be controlled by this unit. With the addition of an optional adapter, more than one CD changer can be controlled. One KCA-400C adapter will allow you to connect up to 4 CD changers, and two KCA-400C adapters will allow you to connect up to a total of 6 CD changers. You can also use the KCA-410C Versatile Link adapter to connect 2 changers and 2 auxiliary input sources.
Auxiliary Inputs: In addition to the unit's A/V Aux RCA Input, one of the following optional adapters 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, the KCA-801B auxiliary input adapter, or the KCA-410C Versatile-Link Terminal. When the KCA-121B interface cable is used, a CD changer cannot be connected to the head unit; the KCA-801B auxiliary input adapter allows you to connect an auxiliary source and an Ai-NET changer to the head unit. The KCA-410C Versatile-Link Terminal allows you to feed audio from up to two auxiliary sources and two Ai-NET CD changers to the head unit.
External Audio Processor: When an optional Alpine external audio processor is connected to this unit, you can operate it from the unit. Dozens of settings can be adjusted, including crossover adjustment, time correction, phase switching, EQ adjustments, surround sound adjustments, and speaker levels.
Optical 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.
Auxiliary Input: Stereo RCA jacks and an RCA composite video jack are provided for connecting an external video source such as a VCR, DVD player, or video game.
Auxiliary 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.
Navigation Input: The IVA-W205 provides a 13-pin RGB jack for connecting an optional Alpine navigation system.
Preamp Inputs/Outputs: When the system switch is in the Normal position, the IVA-W250 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 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.
Remote In/Out: A 6-pin female Molex jack allows you to connect the remote control plugs from an optional video monitor or TV tuner.
Note: Some optional Alpine monitors have touch screen controls requiring connection of monitor control wire of the remote harness.
Optional Factory Steering Wheel Remote Interface: If your vehicle is equipped with steering wheel radio controls, you may be able to operate the IVA-W205 using those controls. The PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Radio Control Interface (item # 127SWIJACK) can adapt your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this unit through the rear panel's Steering Wheel Remote Input (a 3.5mm mini-jack input on an 11" pigtail). Please check the Crutchfield Car Selector to confirm whether your vehicle is compatible with the SWI-JACK interface.
GPS Antenna Receptacle: This connection is used for an optional GPS antenna (sold separately) when used with an optional Navigation unit (sold separately).
Mic Input Connector: 3.5mm jack attached to chassis by a 7" pigtail used for connecting optional microphone (sold separately).
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