CD player with MP3/WMA playback
Our take on the Alpine CDA-9856 by Crutchfield's Tim Sprinkle
Upgrade your mobile audio experience with the CDA-9856 CD player from Alpine. It'll play back all your CDs, including your MP3- and WMA-loaded discs. Hook up your iPod to the built-in Full Speed connection using Alpine's interface cable, and you'll be able to access and control your music collection with the CDA-9856's controls.
Bass Engine sound shaping gives you total control over the stereo's audio performance, and even lets you manage your subwoofer system from the driver's seat. The built-in BBE processor ensures lifelike sound from all your recordings. The CDA-9856 delivers in the style department too, with striking Alpine design, a detachable black flip-down faceplate, and blue button illumination.
If radio's your thing, you'll appreciate the sensitive AM/FM tuner, along with handy controls for an optional HD Radio or satellite radio tuner. Connect an Alpine CD changer to expand your entertainment options, or use the three sets of preamp outputs to hook up your amps and subs.
Note: Sorry, Crutchfield cannot ship Alpine products to Guam or Puerto Rico.
- CD player with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
- flip-down, detachable face
- plays audio CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files)
- Bass Engine (bass center frequency, width, and level, plus treble center frequency and level adjustments)
- BBE processing
- three sets of preamp outputs
- Source Tone Memory
- HD Radio ready (requires Alpine HD Radio Tuner)
- controls for an optional XM or SIRIUS satellite radio tuner
- controls for iPod with Alpine's optional Full Speed interface cable
- CD changer controls
- CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
- CD frequency response: 5-20,000 Hz
- CD signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB
- FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- CD/MP3/WMA receiver
- Wiring harness
- Trim ring
- Hard plastic face case
- 4 Countersunk ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 8mm)
- Face fixing screw
- 2 Radio removal tools
- Owner's Manual
- Customer Care Registration card
Lost my owners manual. Need another.
James, Dallas, Texas
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||Both|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||18 watts|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||---|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue/Green|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||---|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
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 CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.
iPod Full Speed: The CDA-9856 has an iPod Direct Connection mounted on a 6" pigtail on the rear panel. 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. 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 unit can be used with the following iPod versions:
- Third generation iPod: Ver.2.3
- Fourth generation iPod: Ver.3.0.2
- iPod photo: Ver.1.0
- iPod mini: Ver.1.3
- iPod nano: Ver.1.0
- iPod video
MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs containing MP3/WMA files recorded using the ISO 9660 Level 1 or Level 2 formats. MP3 files with constant and variable bit rates from 8 kbps to 320 kbps and WMA files with constant and variable bit rates from 48 kbps to 192 kbps are supported. The unit is compatible with discs containing up to 510 files/folders, with a maximum of 255 folders. ID3 tags v1 and v2, and WMA tags are supported; track title, artist name and album name ID3 tag data can be displayed.
Text/File/Folder Quick Search: When you're playing a disc with CD Text, MP3 or WMA tags, you can easily search for a track or file by its title. Once you have activated the search mode, you can use the rotary encoder to quickly scan through the titles to locate the desired track, and select it by pressing the Search button.
HD Radio Ready: The CDA-9856 can receive HD Radio signals when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner Module (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 analog signals exclusively.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or Sirius Satellite Radio receiver to the CDA-9856. To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional Terk XMD1000 Universal tuner and the Terk XM Direct Smart Digital Adapter for Alpine (700XMALPIN). To receive Sirius Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional Sirius tuner for Alpine (item # 607SIRALP1) directly to the head unit. A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi2 or Sirius Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input adapter. A compatible antenna and a subscription are also required to receive satellite radio programming from Sirius or XM.
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 (default), 100Hz, or 120Hz
- Bass Band Width: Select from 1 (narrow) to 4 (wide)
- Bass Level: Select from -7 to +10 (-14dB to +20dB in 2dB steps)
- Treble Control:
- Treble Center Frequency: Select from 7.5kHz, 10kHz (default), 12.5kHz or 15kHz
- Treble Level: -7 to +7 (+/-14dB in 2dB steps)
- Defeat On/Off: You can reset the unit to its factory default bass and treble settings by turning the Defeat function on.
Power IC Off: When an external amplifier is connected and the built-in amplifier is not used, removing power from the built-in amplifier will improve the sound quality.
Dimmer: This unit is equipped with an illumination dimmer lead. When the unit's dimmer mode has been set to "Auto" and the illumination lead has been connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit, the display and button illumination will dim to a fixed, preset level whenever the headlights are turned on. If preferred, you may choose the "Manual" dimmer mode setting, so the display and button illumination is dim at all times.
Interrupt Feature: When a device having the interrupt feature (such as a cellular telephone) is connected to the receiver, the audio signal will be automatically muted whenever the interrupt signal is received from the device. The supplied wiring harness contains a pink/black Interrupt lead that needs to be connected to the device's interrupt signal connection.
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.
Wireless Remote Ready: The CDA-9856 can be controlled with an optional wireless remote control, such as the RUE-4202 (500RUE4202). The unit has a remote control sensor on the upper right corner of the faceplate.
Ai-NET Compatible: An optional Ai-NET-compatible 6- or 12-disc CD changer (including MP3 and DVD Changers) may be connected to, and controlled by, the CDA-9856. With the KCA-410c Versatile Link Terminal (item # 500KCA410C), you can control multiple changers with this unit.
Clock Operation: This unit allows you to choose "keyed" or "unit on" clock operation. When the clock has been given display priority and the unit is turned off, the clock will be displayed whenever the ignition key is in the "on" or "accessory" position. If the clock is not given display priority, the clock is not displayed when the unit is off.
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