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Alpine iDA-X001 Review (iPod car audio player)
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Bandit Bill
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The screen looks very crisp and bright.

Did you install new speakers as well?
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From what I understand the screen has the same pixel count as the 5th gen iPods. Who knows maybe it's the same screen. It is nice though.

I really haven't been able to test it because I still have a 4th Gen iPod. You need the 5th Gen iPod to take full advantage of this deck for the album art etc.

The stereo that was in the car prior to this was an old Alpine with a 6 pack CD changer. It was installed in 1984. It's still in great shape and kicks butt. I'll post a pic later for kicks. My CD's got stuck in the 6 pack changer and the deck itself only plays tapes, so I decided to upgrade the stereo with the iPod in mind. I wasn't even aware at the time that Alpine made this unit.

The speakers in the car are 200 Watt Pioneer 6X9's they are driven by an Alpine amp from 1984 as well. Hey if they were good enough to through bush parties back in the 80's they're good enough today Smile . I might add a sub and an additional amp to power a 8" Bazooka bass tube if I can still get the T-tops in the trunk.

Thanks Ty. Now remember to listen to your heavy metal daily, but don't grow a mullet Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Here is state of the art technology from 1984.

This deck was designed to connected to 6 pack CD changers. I personally liked the look of this unit in the '80 Camaro better as it is very nice and from the same period. I also liked the green glow that used to be an Alpine trademark. However the convenience and usability of the new Alpine far outweighs CD technology. I pretty much had the same 6 CDs in there for almost a year.

BTW for you youngins the entire deck pulls out for security. You can see in the photo that I have it 1/3 pulled out of the harness. We used to call them pull out decks Smile

This was actually a pretty complicated deck for its time. As you can see there are a few extra buttons that wouldn't get a lot of use. Most decks have become extremely complicated over time. The new Alpine X001 really took me back in time the with big volume knob and the simple controls.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
Here is state of the art technology from 1984.


I said jump go ahead and jump! Wink

Your posts are just bringing back so many memories of being a teenager in the early 80's. I'm no stranger to working underneath a dashboard and installing stereos. That old Alpine receiver even looks familiar. By the way, I'm also a fan of blue and green lighting. I can't stand driving my wife's Pontiac at night with the red lighting.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
I said jump go ahead and jump! Wink


Van Halen 1984 is one of the 6 CD's that's stuck in my 6 pack Laughing

I hear you with the memories Devo. In a way I'm sad to see the old stereo go. I cleaned it up nice, wrapped it in plastic wrap and stored it with the other original car parts. I might have to wreck the 6 pack changer to get the disks out, but it doesn't have any sentimental value, but man that deck does. It came with the car which I've had for just over 1 year.

When I first saw the deck, I could almost smell the smoke from a bush party full of long haired drunken youths stumbling around in tight jeans and rock concert t-shirts, trying to pick up girls, wearing even tighter jeans.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
devo wrote:
I said jump go ahead and jump! Wink


Van Halen 1984 is one of the 6 CD's that's stuck in my 6 pack Laughing


That is absolutely hilarious! The receiver actually looks to be in good shape after all those years. Does it ALL still work? If so, that is a testament to Alpine quality. I couldn't really afford their stuff back in the day, so I had to be more of a Jensen man. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The deck works perfectly. It still has excellent quality. As mentioned before a CD is stuck in the changer, but it was working perfect as well up until about 2 weeks ago. I never really spent much time trying to repair it (get the CD's out). About the only thing wrong with the CD changer was CD player technology back in those days wasn't very good. I doubt it has any form of buffer. Minor bumps (speed bumps etc.) would cause it to skip.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got my Alpine IDA-X001 today and it looks great. I am excited to install it and see it in action. I just have one quick question. I have a second generation nano and was wondering if I need to purchase an extra cable for it to work properly. Do I need the KCE-422I cable or will the regular USB cable work with my ipod?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine is finally installed and works great with my second generation nano!

Bandit how did you adjust things such as the date and time?

*Pics coming soon* Wink
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DellWRX wrote:
works great with my second generation nano!


Go figure Rolling Eyes

The date and time were very easy to set. Press the function key and hold it a few seconds to get into the setup menu.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Very Happy
I really like the HU
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That looks a lot better than the stock stereo.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing that's a Subaru WRX, DellWRX?
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You are correct
Here is my CarDomain if you want to see more...
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You are correct
Here is my CarDomain if you want to see more...
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2073928


Cool looking car! Those have 4-cylinder turbo boxer engines don't they?
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