View Full Version : Alpine IVA-W200 owners, come hither!
05-30-2007, 10:37 PM
Could be buying one very very soon. Just wondering what are the ups and downs of the headunit.
Also, this will be taking me from 5 volt preouts down to 2 volt preouts. Should i be worried about that?
05-30-2007, 11:28 PM
Great unit. Go for it! Not a lot left out there since Alpine released the W205.
The downs: It doesn't have built-in crossovers, which isn't an issue if you are processing the signal after the head unit anyway. It doesn't allow for Sirius and Bluetooth to be used together; you have to pick one. Same thing with XM or Sirius, can't do both. It doesn't have audio inputs for the rearview camera. It doesn't control the Alpine video switchers. The optional TV tuner uses the Aux input so you can't use it for other things. The Bluetooth features are limited (no caller ID and contact list like the 205). It doesn't have a hard drive or built-in navigation. The remote has a lot of useless buttons. It can be a tricky fit in some vehicles. You have to purchase a bypass module to play DVDs while driving.
Most of that stuff is minor or will never matter to a "normal" consumer. The 2v vs 5v thing isn't an issue. Just reset your gains properly. I've had two of the W200s and loved them. I am picking up my new W205 today.