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Alpine iDA-X100 Car Player

Percent Search mode allows for quick scrubbing through long lists. Alpine Imprint audio processing allows drivers a great deal of freedom to adjust audio for best possible sound. The Bad The iDA-X occasionally forgets that an iPod device is attached if the vehicle is started or stopped while a podcast is playing.

The lack of an optical disc player can be a bit of an inconvenience for some users. The unit offers fantastic digital-audio integration without the need for a separate adapter, but should you ever want to just play a CD, you’ll be out of luck. When was the last time you walked into a store and purchased a CD? If it takes you a few moments to come up with an answer, you’ve probably made the jump to digitally distributed and stored audio.

The iDA-X eschews physical media in favor of a purely digital approach. Music is played back over a USB pigtail that features full-speed iPod connectivity.

An intuitive interface makes it easy to find the song you want, and advanced audio controls ensure that your digital music sounds as good as the day you ripped it. Design The first thing you’ll notice about the Alpine iDA-X is the huge knob in the center of the faceplate.

The Double Action Encoder, as the instruction manual calls it, is twisted to adjust volume, navigate menus, and choose songs. Pushing the large select button in the knob’s center makes selections in menus and enters the search mode when a digital-audio source is selected. The outer ring of the knob can be pressed and rotated for the Percent Search mode, which is used to quickly jump through long lists.

If, for example, you want to quickly get to an artist beginning with the letter Q, you can press, twist, and hold the outer ring to quickly jump from A to B and so on, instead of endlessly rotating the dial and scrolling through all of the artists on the device. The Percent Search is also used to jump between radio presets and MP3 folders and playlists when not in search mode. A full color LCD display fills the right third of the receiver’s face.


Here you’ll find song and menu information and, if connected to an iPod, album artwork. Buttons flank the center idq-x100 and fill the left third of the front panel. The Alpine iDA-X cannot display video content from a connected device, but at 2.

The iDA-X lacks an optical media player, so if you’re the type of user who listens to many CDs or burns MP3s to disc, then this is not the player for you. Alpine has curiously decided to make the faceplate only alpie detachable. The user is able to remove the left two-thirds of the faceplate, which includes the buttons and the center knob, but the LCD screen stays in place. The faceplate’s buttons and the LCD screen feature blue edge illumination and backlighting, which can be changed to red illumination through the menu.

Features Outputting an average of 18 watts into four discrete channels 50 watts per channel max the Alpine iDA-X represents a notable upgrade in volume and sound quality over most stock car stereos. For those wishing to further tweak the sound, the receiver features three 2-volt full-range preamp outputs with a third dedicated a,pine preamp output with level controls for adding additional amplifiers and speakers.

An advanced equalizer and the Imprint audio processor allow users to fine tune the dynamic range, staging, and individual speaker delay to meet the needs of their unique vehicles and ifa-x100 the sound for the full vehicle or specifically for the driver’s seat. So that you don’t waste all of that processing power playing back compressed digital audio, the receiver also features a Media Xpander MX setting that helps correct information lost at time of compression.

The MX can also be applied to analog sources, such as FM radio, to boost sound quality, but it sounds best with digital sources. The iDA-X is also upgradable via external modules for additional functionality. Later, when the iPod is reconnected to iTunes for syncing, a playlist is created under the Store heading called “Tagged.


Upon connecting the iPod, the iDA-X began scanning the device. After about a to second search, the receiver started playback. The idz-x100 picks up playback wherever the iPod left off, so if you were listening to a song or podcast as you entered your car, the iDA-X would resume at the exact spot you paused. The full-speed iPod connection allows for extremely quick navigation of artists, albums, genres, and podcasts–nearly as quick as the iPod itself.

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We’re very happy about that last one, as most iPod-compatible receivers don’t play the lossless format. The alpone knob and its Percent Search feature make it very easy to jump from folder to folder without alpije through menus. We only ran into one consistent glitch during our test of the iDA-X While listening to audio stored on an iPod, if we powered the unit off while leaving the iPod connected–for example, to step away from the vehicle–upon restarting the car and the receiver, the iDA-X would forget that a device was attached and require that we disconnect and reconnect the cable to rerecognize.

The glitch didn’t occur with music stored on a USB key, so it may be more of an issue with the iPod’s firmware than the iDA-X, but it was annoying nonetheless. These people will feel that they’re not getting their money’s worth by purchasing such an odd qlpine. Climb in the driver’s seat for the latest in reviews, advice and picks by our editors.

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