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Leave your CDs at home — Alpine designed the iDA-X100 digital media receiver to be the most intuitive solution for using an iPod in your car. Use the over-sized jog dial and full-color 2.2" display to locate your favorite tunes, and you'll feel like you're using the iPod itself. It'll even display album art from your iPod.

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Leave your CDs at home — Alpine designed the iDA-X100 digital media receiver to be the most intuitive solution for using an iPod in your car. Use the over-sized jog dial and full-color 2.2" display to locate your favorite tunes, and you'll feel like you're using the iPod itself. It'll even display album art from your iPod.

Connect the latest iPods and other portable audio sources to the receiver's USB input, or you can use Alpine's optional KCE-422i cable to set up a "Full Speed" connection with older iPods. You get easy and fast music selection and the best possible sound quality.

Simple iPod navigation and control
The centrally located jog dial mimics the functions of an iPod's click wheel. Turn it a little to access Search mode, then scroll line-by-line. Turn and hold the knob to move to Alphabet Search mode — now you can scroll through the letters of the alphabet to jump quickly through your lists of artists, albums, or songs. The current song keeps playing, so you won't interrupt the music while you're searching. The convenient "Back" button that lets you backtrack through the menus, instead of starting over from the top.

Flexible system-building options
This versatile stereo works with all of Alpine's peripheral gear, including satellite radio, auxiliary input adapter, add-on USB input, CD changer, or HD Radio™ tuner. Add Alpine's optional KCE-300BT Bluetooth® interface, and you'll be able to mute the music, answer an incoming call, or place a call with a touch of a button. You can also stream music from a music phone or Bluetooth capable music player.

Setting up a system with external amplifiers or subwoofers? You'll love the three sets of preamp outputs and the ability to control the subwoofer's output level from the stereo. Add the combination of Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT sound processor and the KTX-H100 tuning kit and you'll turn your vehicle into the perfect listening space — the IMPRINT measures your car's acoustics and adjusts the stereo's settings automatically to create a perfect audio environment.

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.

Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver (no built-in CD player)
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays MP3, WMA, and AAC music files from external sources
    • 2.2" full-color TFT display
    • detachable face
    • iPod tagging with Alpine's optional TUA-T550 HD Radio™ tuner
    • optional remote control
    Audio features:
    • 2-band parametric equalizer
    • compatible with Alpine's PXA-H100 IMPRINT audio processor and KTX-H100 tuning kit
    Expandability:
    • iPod control: direct connection to USB input for newest generation iPods, "Full Speed" iPod connection for all other dockable iPods (requires Alpine's KCE-422i interface cable)
    • compatible with Alpine's HD Radio tuner, Bluetooth adapter, CD changer, satellite radio
    • inputs: USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer — subwoofer output has bass level control)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/Digital Media receiver
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 6" iPod dock to USB cable
    • 76" USB extension cable (with a male USB Type A connector and lock screw on one end and a female USB Type A connector on the other)
    • Drawstring cloth face case
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Flat-head ISO screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Face fixing screw
    • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM (English/Spanish/French)
    • CD-ROM system requirements
    • Quick reference guide (English/French/Spanish)
    • Customer Care registration card

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    I have always been a Pioneer audio buyer until I read reviews on the Alpine iDA-X100 and the only thing I can say is Wow! Easy to install, setup, and enjoy the music. With the Ipod adapter, I don't have to carry CD's anymore and I can customize my play lists. This system truly rocks.

    Mario, El Paso, Texas

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Optional
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 18 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Color LCD
    Key Button Color Blue or Red
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    High-res Playback ---

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    Features
    External Device Controls
    Sound Processing

    Features

    Digital Media Receiver: The Alpine iDA-X100 is an in-dash digital media receiver with an AM/FM tuner, a rear-panel USB input, and a 2.2" full color LCD screen, but no CD slot. You can connect and control an iPod, a USB "thumb" drive, and a CD changer, and the unit is HD Radio ready, Bluetooth ready, and Satellite radio ready.

    CEA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by Alpine for the built-in amplifier comply with the CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association. All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The iDA-X100 can play MP3, WMA, and AAC files stored on a USB Memory device (also known as a "thumb drive") or in a compatible CD changer. MP3 files can be recorded with bit rates of 8-320 kbps, WMA files can have 16-320 kbps bit rates, and AAC files can have 8-576 kbps.

    File/Folder Name Search: During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, you can activate the search mode to locate a specific folder or file by name.

    Sound Quality: The iDA-X100 uses clean digital connections and a 24-bit Burr Brown DAC (digital-to-analog converter).

    Bass and Treble Controls: The head unit features independent Bass and Treble controls that allow you to adjust each setting +/-14 dB in 2 dB steps. The center frequency is adjustable (60, 80, 100, and 200 Hz for bass and 10, 12.5, 15, and 17.5 kHz for treble) and the bass bandwidth is adjustable (from narrow to wide in four steps).

    Subwoofer Pre-out: In addition to the front and rear 2-volt preamp outputs, there is a dedicated 2-volt subwoofer preamp output with variable level adjustment of 0 to 15.

    HPF: The high pass filter (HPF) removes the lower bass from the front and rear speaker and line level outputs. HPF options are 80 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, and off.

    Optional Auxiliary Input: With the optional KCA-121B Ai-NET/RCA interface cable or KCA-410C Versatile Link Terminal, you can input audio from an auxiliary source unit, such as a TV, VCR or portable unit.

    Center Dial: The iDA-X100 features a large dial near the center of the faceplate. You can turn the dial in either direction to navigate through the function menus and the music tracks as they appear on the display. A press of the Enter in the center of the dial confirms the highlighted menu item.

    Calendar/Clock Display: Using the View button, you can select the calendar/clock display on the front panel LCD. The clock can be set to 12 or 24 hour display, and the calendar can be displayed as M/D/Y (month/day/year), D/M/Y, or Y/M/D. When the calendar/clock display is given display priority, the time and date are displayed even after the unit is turned off. The calendar/clock display can be turned on or off with the View button when the unit is powered off.

    Display Dimmer: The LCD screen and the button illumination will dim when the vehicle's headlights are turned on. You can also turn the dimmer off in the menu if you prefer. Note: The orange illumination wire in the supplied wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit in order for the dimming feature to work.

    Optional Wireless Remotes: The iDA-X100 does not include a remote control. It is compatible with two optional wireless remotes; RUE-4190 (item number 500RUE4190) and RUE-4202 (item number 500RUE4202).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The iDA-X100 has a steering remote control input on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item number 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. Please consult "Outfit My Car" to confirm vehicle compatibility.

    External Device Controls

    iPod Interface: The iDA-X100 allows you to connect an iPod in two ways: using the supplied USB cable, or with the optional Full Speed connection cable (item number 500KCE422i). Before connecting an iPod to this unit, you should download the latest available firmware version for your iPod from the Apple iPod website. As of 2/14/08, 5th generation and newer iPods can be connected via the included USB cable (this includes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation iPod nano, iPod 5th generation, iPod classic, and iPod touch). 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 with either connection. The iDA-X100 does not support any video transfer. 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 iDA-X100 is compatible with the following iPod models:

    • USB Connection:
      • 5th generation iPod
      • 1st generation iPod nano
      • 2nd generation iPod nano
      • 3rd generation iPod nano
      • 4th generation iPod nano
      • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
      • 1st generation iPod touch
      • 2nd generation iPod touch
    • Full Speed Cable Connection:
      • 4th generation iPod
      • iPod mini
      • 5th generation iPod
      • 1st generation iPod nano
      • 2nd generation iPod nano
      • 3rd generation iPod nano
      • 4th generation iPod nano
      • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
      • 1st generation iPod touch
      • 2nd generation iPod touch

    Note: The USB Connection allows charging of all compatible iPod models. The Full Speed Cable will not charge the iPod touch 2nd generation or iPod nano 4th generation.

    iPod Playback Modes: During iPod playback, you can activate any of the following playback modes:

    • Random Play:
      • Shuffle Album: An album in the iPod is selected at random, and is played back in the album song order.
      • Shuffle Song: All songs in the currently selected mode are played back in random order.
      • Shuffle All: All songs on the iPod are played in random order.
    • Repeat Play: A single song is repeatedly played back.

    iPod Display: Using the View button, you can change the receiver's front panel display during iPod playback. The display can show the following information:

    • Track elapsed time, remaining time, song title, artist, and album name
    • Song title and Album art
    • Date and Time

    iPod Searches: Using the center volume/enter knob you can easily and quickly search for and locate songs on your iPod. Search by playlist, artist, album, song, composer, genre, podcast, and audiobook. You can also skip through all your music files by percentage, in 10% steps.

    USB Memory Mode: You can play MP3, WMA, or AAC files stored on a USB memory device. 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 or current folder, and play the tracks in the current folder 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 (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) along with the Sirius Connect Plug and Play Dock allow 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 (KCA-121B auxiliary input adapter needed, item number 500KCA121B).

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Bluetooth Interface Ready: With the optional KCE-350BT Bluetooth adapter (item number 500KCE350B), 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. In addition to the wireless connection and hands-free operation, you also get caller ID, phone book access, and on-screen call information.

    HD Radio Ready: The iDA-X100 can receive HD Radio signals, including multicast broadcasts, when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (item number 500TUAT550) is connected via the Ai-NET connector. The digital seek function allows you to search for only HD Radio stations if you prefer.

    CD Changer Controls: The iDA-X100 is compatible with Alpine Ai-NET CD changers, including MP3-compatible changers such as the CHA-S634 (item number 500CHAS634). During playback, the LCD will display the disc and track numbers and elapsed time, plus, if CD Text exists, the Disc Name, Artist, and Track Name. For MP3 discs, the Song, Album, and Artist titles and elapsed time will be displayed. During CD changer playback, you can repeat the current song, current folder (if MP3 disc), or current disc. You can also play tracks on the current disc, in the current folder (if MP3 disc), or all the tracks in the current CD magazine in random order. During MP3 disc playback, you can activate the search mode to locate a specific folder or file by name.

    Sound Processing (with optional PXA-H100)

    Imprint: With the addition of the optional PXA-H100 Imprint box and KTX-H100 software (item numbers 500PXAH100 and 500KTXH100) 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 kit includes 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. 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 vehicle.

    Equalizer: 10 typical equalizer settings are preset for a variety of musical source material. Select from Flat, Pops, Rock, News, Jazz & Blues, Electrical Dance, Hip Hop & Rap, Easy Listening, Country, and Classical. You can also save six custom EQ curves you create by adjusting the parametric or graphic EQ:

    • 5- Band Parametric EQ: The 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: 63 Hz
      • Band 2: 150 Hz
      • Band 3: 400 Hz
      • Band 4: 1 kHz
      • Band 5: 2.5 kHz
      • Band 6: 6.3 kHz
      • Band 7: 17.5 kHz

    Crossover: The active crossover can be used as a 3-way (low-pass subwoofer, band-pass midrange, high-pass tweeter) or a 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:

    • 2-way:
      • High Pass Filter: the front and rear outputs are individually adjustable; crossover point 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 and normal or reverse phase; crossover point 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
    • 3-way:
      • Tweeter/High Pass Filter: crossover point 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 and normal or reverse phase; crossover point 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

    Time Correction: 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.

    Media Xpander: 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.

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