Overview: The Alpine IVA-W505 is a 2-DIN multimedia head-unit
featuring an integrated 7.0" widescreen display designed to easily mount flush
in many double-DIN dashes of today's automobiles. The IVA-W505 is equipped with
a built-in DVD/CD player, AM/FM tuner and navigation dock for 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 touchscreen.
External Device Connection
Sound Processing (with
Motorized 7.0" Wide Touchscreen Display: The IVA-W505 has a motorized
7.0" touchscreen monitor (with
16:9 aspect ratio) that serves as a video monitor and system information
display. The unit's touchscreen provides audible and visual confirmation of commands.
For better visibility you can adjust the monitor's angle; choose flat or one of
five settings angled upward.
Video Lock-out Feature: For
safety and legal reasons, the IVA-W505 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;
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-W505's screen to
match the source being played. You can choose from 4:3 Letter- Box, 4:3
Pan-Scan, 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): 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
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 can
choose different background textures for the display. 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:
can download wallpaper from Alpine's website to a CD-R or CD-RW, then upload and
store the wallpaper in the IVA-W505.
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.
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.
DVD/Video CD Player
Compatible Discs: The unit's
integrated disc drive will play back the following disc types - DVD Video
(including two-layer), DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD Audio (including two-layer), Video CD, CD,
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: This unit can play CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW
discs containing MP3, WMA, and AAC 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, 48 kbps to 192 kbps for WMA, and 16-320 kbps for AAC.
Recordings made using Track At Once or packet writing cannot be correctly played
back. ID tags are supported; track title, artist name, and album name up to 128
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.
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
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 touchscreen 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.
External Device Controls
Audio/Video Input: Stereo RCA
jacks, an RCA composite video jack, and an S-video jack are provided for connecting an external
video source such as a VCR, DVD player, 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(s). 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
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 IVA-W505 allows you to dock Alpine's NVE-P1 navigation
sold separately) inside the unit behind the slide-down video display, above the
CD/DVD slot (a plastic panel over the dock opening needs to be removed before installing the
NVE-P1). The NVE-P1 easily adds navigation to your system, without wiring another component.
Additionally, the NVE-P1 gives you wireless Bluetooth capability using the supplied microphone
(supplied with the NVE-P1). The IVA-W505 is also compatible with Alpine's
outboard navigation system, the NVE-M300 (500NVEM300,
iPod Interface: The IVA-W505 allows you to
connect an iPod using the supplied USB cable. With the USB
connection you get the fastest speed available and a direct digital connection
to the unit's 24-bit DAC. The controls on the iPod are not functional once
connected. The IVA-W505 supports audio/video transfer from iPod video, iPod nano,
and iPod classic.
You can quickly and easily search through all of the music contained on your
iPod through Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audio
Book searches. You can view Artist, Album, and Song information, as well as the
song number and elapsed time on the head unit's display. The unit also supports
Repeat and Shuffle playback modes. The Alpine IVA-W505 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 |
|dock-connector ||3rd || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
click-wheel/color-display ||4th || N || N || N || N ||
N || N || N |
|mini ||1st || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|2nd || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|video ||5th || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|classic ||80GB || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|120GB || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|160GB || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|nano ||1st ||Y ||N ||Y ||N ||Y ||Y ||Y |
|2nd ||Y ||N ||Y ||N ||Y ||Y ||Y |
|3rd ||Y ||Y ||Y ||N ||Y ||Y ||Y |
|4th ||Y ||Y ||Y ||N ||Y ||Y ||Y |
|5th ||Y ||Y ||Y ||N ||Y ||Y ||Y |
| touch ||1st || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|2nd || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
|3rd || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| iPhone ||2G || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|3G || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 3GS || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
Note: Apple firmware updates may change
USB Memory Mode: You can play MP3, WMA, or AAC files stored on
a USB memory device. The USB connection will also allow you to control and playback
MP3 and WMA files on a portable player. During playback, the display shows song,
album, and artist title, and elapsed time. If no tag information exists, the display
shows the track number and elapsed time. Additionally you can connect and control
MP3 players using the MTP protocol. The maximum recognizable number of files is
10,000. You can repeat the current track, and play the tracks in the current category
or all of the tracks in memory in random order.
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 and the Alpine CNP-ALP1
adapter cable (700XMALP1,
- SIRIUS Satellite Radio:
- Universal SIRIUS Tuner: You can connect the optional
SIRIUS SC-C1 SiriusConnect 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 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.
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio
programming from SIRIUS or XM.
HD Radio Ready: The IVA-W505 can receive HD Radio signals
when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (500TUAT550,
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-W505 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-W505 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-W505. 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
Changer Controls: 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.
24-Bit DAC: The IVA-W505
utilizes a 24-bit D/A converter to ensure accurate audio reproduction.
Dolby Digital and DTS
Compatibility: The IVA-W505 can perform 2-channel Dolby Digital and DTS decoding when
playing back a DVD through its analog outputs (the multi-channel soundtracks are
down-mixed to 2-channel). When the optical digital output 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.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.
Bass and Treble Controls: Without an external processor, the
head unit features independent Bass and Treble controls. Each can be adjusted as
- Bass Center Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz
- Bass Band Width: four options from 1 (narrow) to 4 (wide)
- Bass Level: select
from -7 to +7
- Treble Center Frequency: 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-W505
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 speaker
channels. You can select from Off, 80, 120, or 160Hz.
Preamp Inputs/Outputs: When the
system switches are in the Normal position, the IVA-W505 provides preamp outputs
for front, rear, and subwoofer channels. When the system switches on the bottom of
the chassis are in the EQ/DIV
position, the front and rear preamp connections operate as inputs, allowing you
to connect an optional Alpine 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 portion of one source, while listening to
the audio portion of another source.
Interrupt Feature (NAV.MIX):
With an Alpine navigation system connected to the IVA-W505, 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.
Sound Processing (with
Imprint: With the addition of
the optional PXA-H100 Imprint box (500PXAH100,
sold separately) and KTX-H100 tuning
sold separately) a car's
inherent acoustic shortcomings can be overcome with the MultEQ feature. Imprint
also gives you much more sound adjustment flexibility as detailed below.
MultEQ: MultEQ, developed by
Audyssey Labs, automatically optimizes the audio for the listening environment
inside your vehicle. The Imprint box and tuning kit include the hardware, software, and
microphone necessary to measure multiple positions in the car and capture
frequency and time domain information from the vehicle's actual acoustical
environment. Once the car's speaker location delays are measured, along with the
frequency peaks and dips caused by the absorptive and reflective materials in
the interior, MultEQ creates a set of equalization filters to correct the
frequency response and time domain problems for each speaker in the vehicle. It
also removes sound distortion caused by the specific acoustical problems in the
vehicle by applying unique FIR filters, using more than 500 points along the
frequency spectrum per channel. This optimizes the sound reproduction to the
specific vehicle listening environment with much greater precision than can be
achieved using typical graphic or parametric equalization. The result is a more
accurate soundstage and smoother, more natural sound optimized to match your
10 typical equalizer settings are preset at the factory for a
variety of musical source material. You can select from - Flat, Pops, Rock,
News, Jazz & Blues, Electrical Dance, Hip Hop & Rap, Easy Listening, Country,
and Classical. The head unit will also save six custom EQ curves you create by
adjusting the units built-in EQ. Choose the parametric or graphic EQ:
- 5- Band Parametric EQ:
The built-in Parametric EQ allows you to
adjust the following 5 frequency bands in 1/3 octave steps from -6 to +6 dB
at a bandwidth Q factor of 1, 1.5, or 3:
- Band 1:
20 Hz to 80 Hz
- Band 2:
50 Hz to 200 Hz
- Band 3:
125 Hz to 3.2 kHz
- Band 4:
315 Hz to 8 kHz
- Band 5:
800 Hz to 20 kHz
- 7-Band Graphic EQ:
The built-in Graphic EQ allows you to adjust the
following 7 frequencies from -6 to +6 dB:
- Band 1:
- Band 2:
- Band 3:
- Band 4:
- Band 5:
- Band 6:
- Band 7: 17.5 kHz
The active crossover can be used as a 2.2 channel (3-way;
low-pass subwoofer, band-pass midrange, high-pass tweeter) or a 4.2 channel
(2-way; high-pass front and rear, low-pass subwoofer). A crossover limits the
frequencies delivered to a given speaker, so you send only the frequencies for
which the speaker is well suited. The crossover adjusts the high pass filter or
low pass filter of each band along with the slope and output level. You can
adjust the following crossover settings:
- 4.2 Channel:
- High Pass Filter:
the front and rear outputs are individually adjustable; crossover from
20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24
dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
- Low Pass Filter:
the subwoofer output can be stereo or mono; crossover from 20 to 200 Hz
in 1/3 octave steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct,
additionally you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
- 2.2 Channel:
- Tweeter/High Pass
Filter: crossover from 1 kHz to 20 kHz in
1/3 octave steps with a slope of 6, 12, 18, or 24 dB/oct, additionally
you can adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
- Midrange/Band Pass
Filter: a band pass has both high pass
and low pass filters; HPF 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a slope
of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct; LPF from 20 Hz to 20 kHz in 1/3 octave
steps with a slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can
adjust the output level from -12 to 0 dB
- Subwoofer/Low Pass
Filter: the subwoofer output can be
stereo or mono; crossover from 20 to 200 Hz in 1/3 octave steps with a
slope of Flat, 6, 12, 18 or 24 dB/oct, additionally you can adjust the
output level from -12 to 0 dB
The time correction feature delays the audio signal to
the speakers closer to the listener. This effectively creates a perception of
increased distance for those speakers. Time Correction allows the listener to be
placed at an equal distance from all speakers for optimum staging. You can
adjust the distance of each speaker and subwoofer (6-channel) to the listener
from 0 to 132.7 inches.
The MX (Media Xpander) function makes vocals or instruments sound distinct by
restoring sound quality typically lost during recording or transmission; this
function helps restore audio information that becomes obscured when audio is
compressed. The MX function can be applied to all sources, except AM radio.
There are three settings and each source can have its own setting.
IR Wireless Remote: In addition
to the unit's touchscreen and hard-key controls, the IVA-W505 comes supplied
with a full-function IR wireless remote control.
Optional Factory Steering Wheel
Remote Interface: If your vehicle is equipped with steering wheel radio
controls, you may be able to operate the IVA-W505 using those controls. The PAC
SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Radio Control Interface (127SWIJACK,
sold separately) 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 a 4" pigtail). Please
check the Crutchfield Car Selector to confirm whether your vehicle is compatible
with the SWI-JACK interface.