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USCFAN
01-07-2008, 06:17 PM
Alpine's IDA-X100 is a foreign affair coming stateside in the spring. Not only does the 2.2-inch touchscreen mime the iPod's UI, but it has Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port for memory stick audio playback, HD/Sat radio readiness, a "Tag and Sync" function that allows for keying of HD radio songs for later purchase on iTunes, AAC and WMA support. It also has IMPRINT tech for mapping a car's acoustical peculiarities and overcoming. The line, a follow up to the IDA-X001, includes X200 and X300 models lower down the food chain that lack the nice screen.

iDA-X100
U.S. $400.00
Available in February

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/1083/idax100mb8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)



iDA-X200
U.S. $300.00
Availability: January 2008

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/7670/idax200al6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

iDA-X300
U.S. $200.00
Availability: January 2008

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/453/idax300wi6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Compare the features
(http://www.alpine-usa.com/US-en/products/compareProduct.php?c=Alpine&model[]=iDA-X100&model[]=iDA-X200&model[]=iDA-X300&source=/US-en/products/series-c.php&category=AV_HU)

iDA-X100M [Marine edition]
U.S. $350
Availability: unknown

[Iimage will be posted when I find one.]


The new iDA-X100 fixes some very annoying issues that the iDA-X001 had:

* The large center button is now the "enter" button instead of the useless search button.
* It's fully compatible with the new iPods and the iPhone.
* They've replaced the large phone button with a "back" button which is far more useful.
* Album art problems are fixed.
* They've finally added the ability to view radio station data (RDS) for analog radio stations.

New to the iDA line is Alpine’s Alphabet Search or Percentage Search. Alphabet Search lets you quickly scroll through the artists or playlists alphabetically while Percentage Search divides your iPod library into six groups, allowing for quicker access to your music.

Also new to the three head units, and a first in the industry, is iTunes® Tagging. When used with the TUA-T550HD HD Radio, any HD station broadcasting metadata will enable the listener to save a songs information for later purchase. By saving it to the iPod, once the listener syncs their iPod, a new playlist of all the saved songs information appears and one can now easily purchase the music with a click.


PXA-H100 [Imprint module]
U.S. $180
Availability: march 08

http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/4324/medium21521632110587618mx9.png (http://imageshack.us)

http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/6125/dd5684a6deih6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)



Another add-on is an Imprint plug-in module that automatically adjusts the sound system to your vehicles' interior for optimal acoustics. It works with most Alpine units including mechless models. Called the PXA-H100, it ships in March 2008 at a suggested retail of $180.

Looks like i will be picking up the new iDA-X100 to replace my aging alpine system commander[CTA-1505], so I will try to keep the thread update as new info is found out.

zSnb
01-08-2008, 10:36 AM
fdghtrht....sorry bout that. just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

jeh
01-08-2008, 11:08 AM
Can't wait to see how these handle USB mass storage devices. hopefully better than the last attempt.

-j

dragnix
01-08-2008, 11:11 AM
meh

USCFAN
01-08-2008, 11:12 AM
fdghtrht....sorry bout that. just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

What do you not like about them? Just the look? I think they made some pretty big improvement. Imprint should take care of the big problems i had with lack of EQ features.

JrVtecAccord
01-08-2008, 07:13 PM
What do you not like about them? Just the look? I think they made some pretty big improvement. Imprint should take care of the big problems i had with lack of EQ features.

That's what I am hoping. I just ordered the x100 & h100 from my local dealer, now I just can't wait tell they come in.

Does any one know if the h100 is always plugged in or just during the setup process like the ktx100?

USCFAN
01-08-2008, 07:37 PM
I'm not sure but I bet the PXA-H100 is always plug in since it will do the processing. Maybe ask your dealer or wait till alpine post the manuals. I will try and post the manuals here once alpine makes them available.

Please keep us updated if you find out anything and Welcome to the forum!

USCFAN
01-18-2008, 10:30 PM
crutchfield posted pricing on one model. Might mean they are getting them soon.

x200- $279.99

HyPnAwTiKpImP
01-18-2008, 10:52 PM
Alpine iDA-X100M

http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/6458/alpineae8.jpg

phrarod
01-18-2008, 11:45 PM
I saw these at CES. I specifically went to the Alpine booth for these units. The difference between the 100 and 200 isn't that big feature wise but the screens are completely different so the 100 would be better.

I was still disappointed that Alpine makes you hook up another unit to get EQ. It means the signal gets processed twice. This was confirmed by the rep at the booth. Also the pre-amp out is still on 2V. He made a big deal that 2V was fine. When I asked why the 9887 has 4V he said it was just to appease the audio heads and it didn't make any difference. When I mentioned all the EQ features of the 9887 he said their market research showed people only play with bass and treble. That may be on low end models but not on the high end.

I was pretty disappointed in the few changes from last year to this year. The main feature is pushing the large click wheel selects the track. Wow. A whole year just for that.

As much of a let down as these are there's still nothing to complete with them with ease of use with an iPod and these use a Burr Brown instead of the iPod internal DAC which is nice.

USCFAN
01-25-2008, 07:53 PM
Alpine has post the manuals:

IDA-X100 (http://support.alpine-usa.com/products/documents/OM_IDA-X100.PDF)

IDA-X200 & 300 (http://support.alpine-usa.com/products/documents/OM_IDA-X200.PDF)

Crutchfield has also posted price for the IDA-x100 $349.99

JrVtecAccord
01-25-2008, 08:15 PM
Alpine has post the manuals:

IDA-X100 (http://support.alpine-usa.com/products/documents/OM_IDA-X100.PDF)

IDA-X200 & 300 (http://support.alpine-usa.com/products/documents/OM_IDA-X200.PDF)

Crutchfield has also posted price for the IDA-x100 $349.99

Yeah, I have noticed the links for the manuals on alpine's website, but they have been dead links. They are finally now up. Thanks for the heads up.

Now just ship the darn things to the dealers:D

phrarod
01-25-2008, 11:59 PM
Crutchfield is now saying these no longer include Burr Brown Dac's. Can someone confirm or deny this?

Ignatowski
01-26-2008, 07:24 AM
I wont but a HU unless it has 4V or more,alpine has not made a good HU in about 3 years
since dropping the 9833/9835
These look awsome and are reasonably priced but I am guessing they lack the features
for high performance sound quality

USCFAN
01-26-2008, 08:06 AM
Crutchfield is now saying these no longer include Burr Brown Dac's. Can someone confirm or deny this?

Yes they still has that. Check the official site for more up to date specs.

USCFAN
01-26-2008, 08:09 AM
I wont but a HU unless it has 4V or more,alpine has not made a good HU in about 3 years
since dropping the 9833/9835
These look awsome and are reasonably priced but I am guessing they lack the features
for high performance sound quality

well I feel imprint will help a lot with the lack of eq features. Also most of us will be using this deck to listen to mp3, that really doesn't have the best SQ to began with.

Why do you feel you need high pre-out volts?

JrVtecAccord
01-26-2008, 10:17 AM
I wont but a HU unless it has 4V or more,alpine has not made a good HU in about 3 years
since dropping the 9833/9835
These look awsome and are reasonably priced but I am guessing they lack the features
for high performance sound quality


That's where the pxa-h100 comes into play, I was just reading the manual for the HU and it explains what you can do with the h100. It has some decent EQ abilities & you can even go ACTIVE if you wish. Oh and it does bump the preouts to 4v.

danz24
01-28-2008, 11:54 PM
to anyone that has tried this at CES, I need to know 2 things before I really start to get interested in these cool looking HU.
1. WHen searching songs is it faster and more resonsive than pioneer's IB-100II??
2. Can it be run active?

JrVtecAccord
01-29-2008, 12:00 AM
to anyone that has tried this at CES, I need to know 2 things before I really start to get interested in these cool looking HU.
1. WHen searching songs is it faster and more resonsive than pioneer's IB-100II??
2. Can it be run active?


1. It's way faster than pioneers connection with the Ib100II, I used it with my 980bt and it's painfully slow. Alpine is the way to go for ipod connection.

2. It can go active with the optional pxa-h100 which retails for around $150

alxmlr789
01-29-2008, 12:04 AM
meh. Still no CD player.

phrarod
01-30-2008, 12:46 AM
Yes they still has that. Check the official site for more up to date specs.

Interesting. Thanks. It wasn't in the brochure I got from the show. Also of interest is only the x100 has a burr brown. The other has a integrated DSP.

I guess the X100 is the way to go. The screen is sooooo much better than the x200 also.

USCFAN
02-01-2008, 04:46 PM
Justs a heads up. Best buy is clearing out the old model for $79.99 YMMV. No luck at my best buy.. :(

monsterman
02-01-2008, 04:59 PM
I like how the marine version looks.

W8 a minute
02-01-2008, 06:19 PM
Hmmm...2v is fine because I would probably use an in dash eq like an AudioControl but I just don't understand why there are no CD capabilities. Is the h/u just a big empty box? Honestly, if it only controls an ipod and has 2v outputs why not run the output of your ipod directly to a line driver or an eq? The ipod already has a click wheel and a nice screen.

JrVtecAccord
02-02-2008, 10:45 PM
Hmmm...2v is fine because I would probably use an in dash eq like an AudioControl but I just don't understand why there are no CD capabilities. Is the h/u just a big empty box? Honestly, if it only controls an ipod and has 2v outputs why not run the output of your ipod directly to a line driver or an eq? The ipod already has a click wheel and a nice screen.

That's what I was going to do at first, just run a mp3 to a sound processor. But after thinking about it, I knew I wasn't going to like the wire from the mp3 player to the sound processor then having to mount the mp3 player. I thought about just using a blue-tooth mp3 player and then getting a blue-tooth receiver and hook that up to the sound processor.

But this HU will make every thing simple, just plug the ipod to the HU and stash the ipod.

FYI, my local dealer has the x200 & x300 already, they said they got them about a week and a half ago. So I am hoping the x100 is right around the corner.

USCFAN
02-19-2008, 04:40 PM
Anyone found a release date for the PXA-H100? Seems the x100 is push back to march so I guess this will be pushed back a month also.

If you guys are ordering from crutchfield you can use my referral code at checkout to save $20.
pkakz-sqjr8-yjcki

phrarod
02-19-2008, 04:50 PM
If you guys are ordering from crutchfield you can use my referral code at checkout to save $20.
pkakz-sqjr8-yjcki)[/QUOTE]

I just tried the referral code and it wouldn't take. That would be awesome. I'm trying to get the best price on one of these.

USCFAN
02-19-2008, 05:18 PM
It doesn't show up until the second email.

This have to be your first order with crutchfield. So don't use an old account.


Here a link to how this works,
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-BxMImdGfCng/sendafriend/index.html


this is how my receipt looks now...

500IDAX100 Alpine IDA-X100 349.99 349.99
We expect to ship the above item on 03/04/08
000FRNDISC Refer a Friend Discount -20.00 -20.00
Merchandise Total: 329.99
Order total: 329.99
Less Backorder - 329.99

Here a thread with some more referral codes since mine can only be use 1 more time.
http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=291640&highlight=crutchfield

JrVtecAccord
02-19-2008, 06:09 PM
Anyone found a release date for the PXA-H100? Seems the x100 is push back to march so I guess this will be pushed back a month also.

If you guys are ordering from crutchfield you can use my referral code at checkout to save $20.
pkakz-sqjr8-yjcki

I thought it was March for the pxa, but who knows it might be April till it's available.

There are a few sellers on ebay from the us that are selling the ida-x100, I am pretty sure some dealers have it already. I am waiting patiently for my dealer to call me and say "come pick up your hu, it just came in":D

phrarod
02-19-2008, 06:18 PM
Still no luck :(

USCFAN
02-19-2008, 11:38 PM
what is the problem exactly?

USCFAN
02-20-2008, 04:15 PM
Woot! My order ship today from crutchfield!!!

here another referral code for them:
p7u8y-37v6f-jxckb

I got mine for $329 also!!

phrarod
02-20-2008, 06:31 PM
I tried and placed the order as a new customer and they even called me to tell me I couldn't do it because I'm not a new customer even though I signed up like a new one.

It kills me as mine could've shipped today but I'm determined to get a discount because its replacing a crappy HU they sold me as being a good SQ and its also.

USCFAN
02-21-2008, 02:00 PM
Good luck with the discount. This is really my first order with crutchfield even though I have another account that I deleted.

Anyway mine is getting delivered tomorrow! Should have some pics and a short review sometime this weekend.

phrarod
02-21-2008, 02:04 PM
can't wait for the reviews!

korndawg
02-21-2008, 11:34 PM
I installed mine today and replaced my 9835 with it. I must say, it is a SWEET looking HU. I haven't had too much time to play with the settings yet, but its definately lacking in the SQ compared to the 9835 I had. Mainly because I don't think the X100 has the mediaxpander (which i like alot). I'm definately not gonna say that the x100 is bad yet, because, like i said, i haven't made really any tweaks yet. The ipod comtrols are awesome! Reading songs off the ipod is very fast, the display rocks, and controlling it from the HU is just like controlling it on the ipod. Huge props for that. Navigating the menu system is a ton easier than the 9835, mainly bacause of the large screen and its doesn't have a million options. So far, I must say I am very happy with my purchase. With some more tweaks, and possibly getting the PXA-H100, this will be in my car for years to come.

USCFAN
02-22-2008, 12:09 AM
:needpics:

what ipod were you using?

Also I think the PXA-h100 should help with people who want a more SQ set up!!!

BTW It does have mediaxpander.


Sound Tuning

* • MediaXpander Aux Settings: MP3, Music, Movie, (Level 1, Off)
* • MediaXpander Modes: FM, CD, XM, MP3, (Level 1, 2, 3, Off), DVD Video (Level 1, 2, Off), DVD Music (Level 1, Off)
* • Treble Level Control Range: ±14
* • Bass Level Control Range: ±14
* • Subwoofer Level Adjustment: 0 to 15

LaserRed38
02-22-2008, 12:34 AM
I wish the buttons still had the Multi-color option though...my 9835 matches my interior perfectly.

korndawg
02-22-2008, 12:35 AM
I will try to post some pics this weekend. I am using an 80gb Ipod classic with the HU and no, i do not believe it has MX unless u add the pda-h100. The manual states: that the MX option is displayed only when external processor is connected.
I found this short video on youtube for those who want to know what it looks like installed: http://youtube.com/watch?v=SRku-VttOHw

korndawg
02-22-2008, 12:36 AM
I wish the buttons still had the Multi-color option though...my 9835 matches my interior perfectly.


Ditto. The 'red' option on this HU is alot more colorful than the dash lights on my grand am. Still is a pimp looking HU tho.

LaserRed38
02-22-2008, 12:48 AM
Yea it looks nice. I would do the all red if I get one. I'm planning on changing out my gauges and AC panel soon anyway and speedhut.com does custom colors. Probably go all red...


Watched the vid....hmm....it looks really shiny....BLING BLING!

USCFAN
02-22-2008, 12:55 AM
I will try to post some pics this weekend. I am using an 80gb Ipod classic with the HU and no, i do not believe it has MX unless u add the pda-h100. The manual states: that the MX option is displayed only when external processor is connected.
I found this short video on youtube for those who want to know what it looks like installed: http://youtube.com/watch?v=SRku-VttOHw

Cool I got that same ipod.

Thanks for the video! :)

The alpine site is really got something wrong about MX, but I see what you are talking about in the manual.


Sound Tuning

* • MediaXpander: Built-In MediaXpander
* • Treble Level: Treble Level Adjustment
* • Bass Level: Bass Level Adjustment
* • Subwoofer Level: Subwoofer Level Adjustment How built in is it... :laugh:

korndawg
02-22-2008, 01:19 AM
Maybe built in but definately not accesible unless u by the h100. Kinda disappointing because I read the same thing u did and thought it did have it. IMO, it needs it.

USCFAN
02-22-2008, 07:39 PM
Got it installed. really nice interface!!!!

I like how if you connect your ipod to the unit, it starts playing the song that your just listening. This also works when you disconnect the ipod it keeps playing the same song.

I have only play with it for about 2 mins because I'm still installing my boston pro60 and only have rear fill playing.

Will post some pics later tonight.

Also the PAC SWI-JACK steering wheel remote works!

korndawg
02-22-2008, 08:27 PM
What ipod are u using? All of a sudden my ipod classic doesn't work on the HU any more but my ipod video works perferctly. I called crutchfeild and they said that Alpine is having issues with the new ipod classic. Also, if u are using the classic, what firmware version are u using?

USCFAN
02-22-2008, 08:37 PM
I have the 80GB classic with the current firmware 1.1.1

redrocket
02-22-2008, 08:39 PM
What ipod are u using? All of a sudden my ipod classic doesn't work on the HU any more but my ipod video works perferctly. I called crutchfeild and they said that Alpine is having issues with the new ipod classic. Also, if u are using the classic, what firmware version are u using?

You have to downgrade the firmware on it. Do NOT install any new updates from Apple until they get it fixed or your iPod won't work.

korndawg
02-22-2008, 08:58 PM
You have to downgrade the firmware on it. Do NOT install any new updates from Apple until they get it fixed or your iPod won't work.

I've been looking on how to rollback the firmware, but haven't had any luck in finding the how-to on it.

USCFAN
02-22-2008, 09:03 PM
Can't you just restore it??

Here some pic of my install:

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n191/kbsmoker/DSC09782.jpg
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n191/kbsmoker/DSC09784.jpg
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n191/kbsmoker/DSC09781.jpg

redrocket
02-22-2008, 09:31 PM
I've been looking on how to rollback the firmware, but haven't had any luck in finding the how-to on it.

Just try restoring it.

korndawg
02-22-2008, 09:59 PM
Just try restoring it.

A restore doesn't roll back the firmware. Guess I'm stuck waiting for alpine and apple to get their shlt together.

AVSTANG02
02-22-2008, 10:37 PM
you can downgrade your ipod.

korndawg
02-22-2008, 11:16 PM
you can downgrade your ipod.

I treid a new Apple Classic and it worked perfectly. So it I must be one of the lucky ones where the HU and ipod don't like eachother. If someone has instuctions on how to rollback the firmware, please post them. Eventho I'm having these probs, I sitll love the HU.

USCFAN
02-23-2008, 03:22 PM
Anyone get the custom wallpaper feature to work? It would just keep searching my ipod for 20 mins without doing anything. I got like 5 wallpaper i downloaded from i-personalize.com on my ipod and it won't find any or them.

What I'm I doing wrong?
download the file to the ipod.
connect the ipod to the head unit
go to display and then BGV Download

what is the secret!!!

dak0ta_g33k
02-23-2008, 09:41 PM
good info on this thread. i have the 160gb iPod classic and the iDA-X100 is at the top of my HU upgrade list

Ignatowski
02-23-2008, 09:54 PM
looks like it has alot of features in lue of SQ and performance......?

USCFAN
02-24-2008, 02:26 AM
Tested it with an iphone and it works fine but you can't receive calls with it connected.

I also order a small flash drive to play around the custom wallpapers some more.


looks like it has alot of features in lue of SQ and performance......?
I think with imprint you are really not missing much.

Reggie Lives
02-26-2008, 03:21 PM
Does the player display album art from non-Ipod sources? I dont' own an Ipod, but wanted to use either my Creative Zen, or a bunch of usb flash drives / portable HD.

I'm currently debating between the 9886, iDAX-001 and 100. I really like the display of the iDA series, but if it doesnt' display album art, I may as well opt for the cdplayer.

Any ideas?

USCFAN
02-26-2008, 09:10 PM
anyone hear any info on the imprint add on???


Does the player display album art from non-Ipod sources? I dont' own an Ipod, but wanted to use either my Creative Zen, or a bunch of usb flash drives / portable HD.

I'm currently debating between the 9886, iDAX-001 and 100. I really like the display of the iDA series, but if it doesnt' display album art, I may as well opt for the cdplayer.

Any ideas?

nope. ipod only...

JrVtecAccord
03-01-2008, 08:37 PM
Finally got mine in, and just installed it a couple of days ago.

So far it's everything I expected, both good and bad. It only has basic EQ functions, which sounds sub par. Can't wait for the pxa-h100. Works seamless with the ipod classic. More thoughts to come with more play time on it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/jrvtecaccord/030108003.jpg

uncfanforlife07
03-01-2008, 10:19 PM
so can you change the colors on the buttons to red on the two that show blue? this would be a big advantage for me. im thinking of switching my 9887 for one.

USCFAN
03-02-2008, 08:36 AM
Yeah you can change all the buttons to red. I will try to get a picture later today.

USCFAN
03-02-2008, 09:28 AM
Hey guys

I just found some awesome news.

check this out:

PXA-H100 IMPRINT Audio Processor
Availability – March 2008
Suggested retail index – $180 [most places will have it price under $150]

KTX-H100 IMPRINT Tuning Kit
Availability – March
Suggested retail index – $30

The PXA-H100 works with the required KTX-H100 Tuning Kit and consists of a microphone, IMPRINT sound manager set-up software and a USB PC cable.
http://www.alpine-usa.com/US-en/company/pr/pr.php?prid=177&year=2008

I been thinking you had to buy the $250 KTX-100EQ to tune the PXA-H100!!!!

USCFAN
03-03-2008, 01:28 PM
Woot! :veryexci:

Got the custom wallpaper to work!! It only work for me when the wallpaper files were the only thing on the flash drive.

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n191/kbsmoker/DSC09869.jpg
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n191/kbsmoker/DSC09875.jpg
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n191/kbsmoker/DSC09876.jpg
As you can see it's hard to see the white text if anything on the screen is white or a light color. So try to use pictures with dark color at least where the text is.
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n191/kbsmoker/DSC09883.jpg
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n191/kbsmoker/DSC09881.jpg

I might do a walk through or make some if you guys would like one or two for your car. Just post/PM the picture that you would like as a wallpaper. I don't mind doing a couple.

USCFAN
03-03-2008, 07:45 PM
Found the owners manual for the PXA-100

http://vault.alpine-usa.com/products/documents/PXA-H100%20OM.PDF

According to Alpine this is the same audio processor for the upcoming IVA-W505.

danz24
03-04-2008, 12:56 PM
wow that looks like a pretty good display

nilk
03-07-2008, 09:45 AM
Crutchfield is reporting (http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?i=500IDAX100&tp=5684&tab=review) that that the iDA-X100 (as well as 200 and 300) has an issue with iPod Nanos where the iPod Nano stays on when the head unit is turned off causing the Nano's power to drain. I haven't found any more specific info on this. Is it a problem with all Nano models?

It's too bad as I was just getting ready to get an iDA-X100 to use with my 1st gen Nano. Guess I'll be waiting until they resolve that issue.

redrocket
03-07-2008, 10:34 AM
Crutchfield is reporting (http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?i=500IDAX100&tp=5684&tab=review) that that the iDA-X100 (as well as 200 and 300) has an issue with iPod Nanos where the iPod Nano stays on when the head unit is turned off causing the Nano's power to drain. I haven't found any more specific info on this. Is it a problem with all Nano models?

It's too bad as I was just getting ready to get an iDA-X100 to use with my 1st gen Nano. Guess I'll be waiting until they resolve that issue.

I thought that was just with the new Nanos but I could be wrong.

USCFAN
03-07-2008, 10:41 AM
Crutchfield is reporting (http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?i=500IDAX100&tp=5684&tab=review) that that the iDA-X100 (as well as 200 and 300) has an issue with iPod Nanos where the iPod Nano stays on when the head unit is turned off causing the Nano's power to drain. I haven't found any more specific info on this. Is it a problem with all Nano models?

It's too bad as I was just getting ready to get an iDA-X100 to use with my 1st gen Nano. Guess I'll be waiting until they resolve that issue.

my brother has one of the new nanos and i will check on this sometime this weekend when i see him.


I thought that was just with the new Nanos but I could be wrong.
I will try to check on that also....

USCFAN
03-07-2008, 05:31 PM
here is the walk through for custom wall paper.

You need to download irfanView (http://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm) and the converter (http://www.xoned.net/system/files/XND_x001_11win.zip)

here is the converter website if link doesn't work.
http://www.xoned.net/content/xoned/projects/ida-x001-apn-converter

To obtain a working RAW image you can freely use IrfanView with this plugin pack:
http://irfanview.tuwien.ac.at/plugins/irfanview_plugins_400_setup.exe

step 1) Just open your preferred image in irfanview, then use Image->Resize/Resample to set the image to 320x240 72 dpi.
Finally save your image as a RAW in the location: c:\tools\x100\, choosing RGB Interleaved in the dialog box, without using Flip Image.

step 2)
Converter:
1) extract exe and dll in c:\tools\x100\
2) convert your image in RAW and put it in c:\tools\x100\ ----this is what the 1st step was about.
3) click Start->Run and type "cmd.exe" (without quotes)
4) in the cmd prompt type "cd c:\tools\x001\" (without quotes)
5) now type "xndconverter.exe myfile.raw" (without quotes)

If no error occurs your converted apn file should be ready in c:\tools\x100\.

The only way I could get the alpine deck to see the files is to use a usb memory stick. It would NOT work using the ipod to download the wallpaper. I would test whatever usb memory stick by downloading some alpine wallpaper and putting them on the head unit.

If you run into any problems please PM or if you would like I don't mind doing a couple for you if you can't get it working.

ludeacrish22
03-08-2008, 07:13 PM
hey guys..im new to the forum and i just joined because of this thread. i bought my x100...its installed...running good so far...im running my 80 gb ipod classic on it...i have the firmware right before 1.1.1 not sure of the number..im at work right now and my ipod is in my car..

i love the deck so far...eq options on it are very limited compared to my old pioneer (deh-mp8600) the display is bright and clear...the ipod connection is a lot faster than i had thought it would be.

i do have one question...does anyone have a remote?? which remote model are you using??

hope this info can help someone out cuz i know this whole thread help me decide on buying this unit and i am very happy with it..

USCFAN
03-08-2008, 07:37 PM
Welcome!!

I been using the Alpine RUE-4202 remote and it works great with the unit. I also have the PAC SWI-JACK steering wheel remote working. Both work really well but I use the PAC SWI-JACK mostly. So I haven't played around with Alpine RUE-4202 too much....

USCFAN
03-09-2008, 03:34 PM
Crutchfield is reporting (http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?i=500IDAX100&tp=5684&tab=review) that that the iDA-X100 (as well as 200 and 300) has an issue with iPod Nanos where the iPod Nano stays on when the head unit is turned off causing the Nano's power to drain. I haven't found any more specific info on this. Is it a problem with all Nano models?

It's too bad as I was just getting ready to get an iDA-X100 to use with my 1st gen Nano. Guess I'll be waiting until they resolve that issue.I try it with a new ipod nano 4gb and it work fine. The blacklight turns off after the HU turns off and then a mins or so later the ipod goes into sleep mode.

I will check with the old nano hopefully next weekend....

RoachForLife
03-10-2008, 04:57 PM
whats this whole thing with the 2v outs? Isnt 5v the standard? What sort of quality different would one notice with an after market setup (comps + amp) vs higher volts? Sorry for the newb question

Thanks

redrocket
03-10-2008, 06:28 PM
whats this whole thing with the 2v outs? Isnt 5v the standard?

5v isn't the standard. There are no standards. If there would be a standard, it would be 2v.

rippinitup7
03-10-2008, 07:52 PM
am i the only one that feels a little weird getting a head unit that can't play a CD? granted i use my ipod 99.9% of the time, it just feels limited without the option available.

bad @SS chevy
03-10-2008, 07:53 PM
am i the only one that feels a little weird getting a head unit that can't play a CD? granted i use my ipod 99.9% of the time, it just feels limited without the option available.

we dont care about you or your thoughts. kthnx j.k

JarvisB
03-10-2008, 09:20 PM
I am thinking about buying one of these once I have the money..

But I got a question.. I m wondering if you guys think that the music and everything sounds good and clear? or it is kind of crappy unless we buy an imprint so it ll sound better? Or the sound is fine, just that the imprint will just expand the EQ?

Maybe I just confused myself so, I want to clarify before I go out looking for one of those..

Thanks in advance

edit: also any one of you had problems with the preouts being only 2 volts? I dont think it would bother me that much?

ludeacrish22
03-10-2008, 11:43 PM
am i the only one that feels a little weird getting a head unit that can't play a CD? granted i use my ipod 99.9% of the time, it just feels limited without the option available.


i thought the same exact thing...but..honestly...if you do listen to your ipod 99.9%..leaves what..i guess...whenever a friend gets in the car and says " hey i got this new cd lets listen to it" is the other 0.01%

i like the unit...and i havent noticed a differecne between 6.5v and 2v..from the switch i made with my last head unit...but..overall im very happy with my purchase so far...

reid1boys
03-11-2008, 03:54 PM
I cant even remember the last time I used a cd. My house in networked into a Pioneer Elite receiver, so even my music in the house is either off of internet radio or off of the HD on my computer.

I either listen to the ipod in the car, or AM sports talk radio.... NO CDs used for me. So although it seems weird, I think it is just because we are so used to CDs. I am not sure CDs will even be around in the near future. The success of the ipod has pretty much shown many people could care less about the CD. Even though the die hards will still want them, the big companies will not care.

Throw caution to the wind, get the unit and forget the Cds. they take up too much space anyway.

USCFAN
03-11-2008, 05:14 PM
whats this whole thing with the 2v outs? Isnt 5v the standard? What sort of quality different would one notice with an after market setup (comps + amp) vs higher volts? Sorry for the newb question

ThanksI think 4v is more of a standard but really it shouldn't matter if you set your gains correctly. Also if you get the imprint add its boost the outputs to 4v.


am i the only one that feels a little weird getting a head unit that can't play a CD? granted i use my ipod 99.9% of the time, it just feels limited without the option available.
I have an alpine 6disc players but I don't even have it hooked up. I have over 11,000 songs on my ipod so there is always something to listen to.

I am thinking about buying one of these once I have the money..

But I got a question.. I m wondering if you guys think that the music and everything sounds good and clear? or it is kind of crappy unless we buy an imprint so it ll sound better? Or the sound is fine, just that the imprint will just expand the EQ?

Maybe I just confused myself so, I want to clarify before I go out looking for one of those..

Thanks in advance

edit: also any one of you had problems with the preouts being only 2 volts? I dont think it would bother me that much?
I think it sounds great as is. Since the imprint add on is not release it hard to say how big of a improvement it will be. Hopefully I will get this sometime this month when its released.

Imprint is really for people into more advance EQ tuning. If you want to go active I believe imprint add on would be the only way.

JarvisB
03-11-2008, 08:51 PM
I see thats cool..

I wasnt even planning on going active though.. so no problem.. thanks for the info!

XXVANN
03-12-2008, 11:27 AM
I ordered the X100 online last week, should take delivery on Friday.

I'm installing into a 2006 Xterra. I have Boston Acoustics Pro6.5 3-way components up front, Nakamichi 2-way 6.5"s in the rear doors and a Soundstream PIC4.480 amp powering all of that up.

I'm replacing the 9835. I didn't see much diff in the X001 and X100 until you add the Imprint gear. I haven't experimented at all with Audyssey although a couple of friends do have it with their Denon home theatre receivers.

I don't have an iPod but instead will be using a couple of memory sticks and a 120GB 2.5" SATA laptop drive in an enclosure to provide source to this deck.

I'll take a couple of shots and post my reaction when install is complete. :cool:

BLACKonBLACK98
03-15-2008, 11:34 AM
i'm lookin for a new hu and like the idea of ditching the cds. couple questions for you guys that have it installed:

has anybody installed the PXA-H100 yet?

does it support video or would it be possible to have ipod video using the KCE-415i. i've been trying to figure out a way to run an ipod for video with the alpine touchscreen monitor as well as audio (whether i buy the 9886 or the ida-X100).

USCFAN
03-15-2008, 12:58 PM
PXA-H100 is not out yet.

It does not support video.

edy
03-15-2008, 07:23 PM
Can't wait for the PXA-H100 to come out. It'd be nice to have a 'flat' setting. As it is, the bass and treble are "centered" around a certain frequency, without the option of turning it off. Pretty disappointing, considering that the HPF can be turned off, so I'm not sure why they couldn't think of that for those other two settings.

Another minor nitpick: why does Alpine have to show their alpine logo as album art if there is none? Would be nice for the text to take up more space if none is found, similar to using the full speed cable with older ipods.

I'm surprised how many people here had the same upgrade path from the 9835. The screen is really impressive. I don't think there any other HU that even comes close to matching it. BioLite was nice, but this is ridiculously awesome.

I'm using it with my 2nd gen nano, and haven't had any problems so far. On the 9835 with the KCA-420i, it would sometimes leave the ipod playing after the car was turned off. In over a week of having it installed, this has yet to happen with the IDA-X100.

Others mentioned the whole 2v vs 4v+, and I must say, that I didn't notice any difference going from 4v down to 2v. It's also nice having more fine adjustments in volume and subwoofer level than before.

Overall, I love it. It's incredibly fast for searching the iPod and very intuitive. Even better, I think the dealer I bought it from messed up... because I picked it up for $280 out the door. I think they based it off the price of the X001 or something.

edit: oh yeah, why is it that we, in the US, get screwed on features? The european version get RDS for the radio and a few other things. Not that I listen to the radio much, but... RDS would have been nice.

rippinitup7
03-15-2008, 10:00 PM
edited.

USCFAN
03-16-2008, 01:46 PM
Welcome to the forum edy!



Another minor nitpick: why does Alpine have to show their alpine logo as album art if there is none? Would be nice for the text to take up more space if none is found, similar to using the full speed cable with older ipods. That would be nice but since buying this deck I have almost 70% of my 11000+ songs have the correct album art. It took some time but it was worth it.



I'm using it with my 2nd gen nano, and haven't had any problems so far. On the 9835 with the KCA-420i, it would sometimes leave the ipod playing after the car was turned off. In over a week of having it installed, this has yet to happen with the IDA-X100.

That is good to know since I plan to buy a old used ipod nano just to leave in the car.


Overall, I love it. It's incredibly fast for searching the iPod and very intuitive. Even better, I think the dealer I bought it from messed up... because I picked it up for $280 out the door. I think they based it off the price of the X001 or something.
Yeah I am also loving the deck and great price you got it almost $50 cheaper than the price I got at crutchfield but I did also got the remote for free.


edit: oh yeah, why is it that we, in the US, get screwed on features? The european version get RDS for the radio and a few other things. Not that I listen to the radio much, but... RDS would have been nice.Ididn't notice that but that does *****. I haven't even listened to the radio one time but maybe if you listen to a lot of radio you can always pick up the HD radio add on. It has that nice ipod tagging feature that is pretty nice.

USCFAN
03-16-2008, 01:53 PM
Also to give you guys a heads up about the PXA-H100. I been asking crutchfield for some info.

http://community.crutchfield.com/forums/1/25476/ShowThread.aspx

They said Alpine has told them it will be available on March 31st. They also said they will be selling it for $149.

XXVANN
03-17-2008, 12:35 PM
I received my X100 on Friday afternoon. It was seriously the easiest upgrade I've done yet, as someone else previously stated the 9835 harness plugged right in to the x100.

Overall impressions are the deck is extremely easy to work with, and out of the box sounds very nice. The USB interface is very fast once the songs are initially accessed.

Sirius display is better than the 9835 only because of more lines of info displayed at a time.

Comparing Biolite and the x100 display, the colour is much more legible than the b&w, plus the giant clock display got a few laughs out of some of my friends.

I asked a local retailer about the PXA-h100 and they did state that it would be available retail by month end, for around $190CDN. I'm really looking forward to plugging this in!

Has anyone tried the x100 with the bluetooth module yet? If yes, what is your impression?

Mike...

kknack
03-18-2008, 11:41 PM
Does anyone else have an issue with popping when changing songs ? I'm getting this from a ipod "classic" via USB. Other than that, I'm quite happy with the setup. Although I just dumped a bunch of money for the RUX to be able to keep my H701, and now the imprint looks like it's happening real soon, so we'll have to see how that plays out. BTW, if you scan the later pages of the X100 manual, there are some pics of the H100 controls, looks really nice compared to H701 controls from anything other than an IVA.

USCFAN
03-18-2008, 11:52 PM
Nope, I haven't had that problem. When does the popping happen?

Guys at crutchfield confirm the PXA-H100 release date.


Hello uscfan,

Let me start off by apologizing that it's taken us so long to respond to your question.

The information we received from Alpine indicates we should have this product in stock on the 31st of March. This could of course change, however the dates we receive from the manufacturer on an out of stock product are generally dead on. I hope this clears things up a bit. Once again--sorry for the delay in responding.

kknack
03-19-2008, 08:29 AM
Almost everytime I switch songs at any reasonably high volume level (50%+). I'm not really that worried about it right now, there's too many factors at play. I slapped it in my new car real quick to replace the casette deck while I wait for some more gear for a real install, so it's just playing through the factory Bose system. More than likely something in that path.

edy
03-19-2008, 05:42 PM
I'm not hearing a pop either.

JrVtecAccord
03-22-2008, 06:33 PM
Has anyone tried the x100 with the bluetooth module yet? If yes, what is your impression?

Mike...

I'm using the KCE-300BT unit and so far I have had GREAT results. I am using a Motorola Q9c from sprint with it. I can access phone book, caller id works, pairs like I should when I start the car. Incoming calls are clear, outgoing sound is decent. I like the fact that it also pairs up my stereo bluetooth profile as well, with out having to do it manually. I used to have a pioneer 980bt, it will automatically pair the hands free profile, but not the stereo profile, you had to do it manually.

My observations:

Changing tracks from an ipod classic are slower than my previous HU 980bt. I am not sure if it's the HU or classic or maybe a defective HU? It usually takes 1 1/2 seconds from when you press next track. With the 980bt you press next and it changes instantly.

Navigation/searching is extremely fast, night and day compared to the 980bt. That was my biggest pita with the 980bt, I only used playlist with it because searching was really annoying.

I have random reboots of the ipod, I am not sure if it's the ipod or the HU causing the reboots. I will switch a track, then the displays shows "NO USB DEVICE"

goldenthumb51
03-25-2008, 01:51 PM
hey guys, with this unit, is the radio easy to use as the other classic alpine hu's? the presets specifically?

edy
03-25-2008, 03:42 PM
Using presets is a little different. There are no dedicated button to switching between them. Instead, you have to hit the preset button, the list comes up, and you scroll to the one you want (shows you the station number). You select the station you want to listen to with the select button (in the middle).

I hardly listen to the radio, but the few times I have, it was different than usual, but not hard. Requires a little more attention since you have to see what's currently selected.

rippinitup7
03-26-2008, 07:21 PM
Using presets is a little different. There are no dedicated button to switching between them. Instead, you have to hit the preset button, the list comes up, and you scroll to the one you want (shows you the station number). You select the station you want to listen to with the select button (in the middle).

I hardly listen to the radio, but the few times I have, it was different than usual, but not hard. Requires a little more attention since you have to see what's currently selected.


short version:

it's a pain in the *** to switch from preset to preset station.

kaigoss69
03-30-2008, 11:33 PM
Anyone have any experiences with a USB hard drive? How do the songs show up on screen? Do you get ID3 tags or not?

Or has anyone hooked up another MP3 player that supposedly this HU can read, like the Creative Zen?

Thanks!

smeltron
03-31-2008, 02:52 AM
Anyone have any experiences with a USB hard drive? How do the songs show up on screen? Do you get ID3 tags or not?

Or has anyone hooked up another MP3 player that supposedly this HU can read, like the Creative Zen?

Thanks!

Perfect timing for that question! I just installed the ida-x100 and am really enjoying it with my ipod classic. I also tried a thumb drive and it seemed to work fine and show id3 tag info (no album art though). My girlfriend also has a creative zen vision m and it is supposed to also work via the usb connection, but no matter what I try the alpine screen only shows "no usb device found" (not sure if that is what is says exactly, but something to that effect). It's frustrating because I was expecting this headunit to be the perfect match for my ipod and connection to my girlfriend's zen every now and again.
Any ideas or recommendations? I'm stuck.:confused:

Thanks in advance.

kaigoss69
03-31-2008, 09:21 AM
Yeah, I would have been surprised if it actually worked with other MP3 players... especially since supposedly Apple helped Alpine develop the interface!

So it seems that I can hook up an external USB hard drive and have the Alpine pull the songs off the drive digitally, and then use the internal DAC to convert to analog. However, it seems the USB connection cannot read lossless, so I will be stuck with 320kbps MP3's. The other alternative would be to get an IPOO, put all the songs in AAC (lossless) and I am sure that would be the best scenario for SQ. But I really hate the idea of having to deal with an IPOO, iTunes, etc.

I would also consider getting the IMPRINT module, once available, to be able to fine tune the system and have 4V pre-outs to get a cleaner signal to the amps and lower the noise floor.

I am really torn now between the IDX-X100 plus IMPRINT module and the CDA-9887. However, while the CDA-9887 is wonderful in almost every way, it has two major setbacks that may deter me from buying it: 1. It does not have a digital connection with the IPOO, so the IPOO does the analog conversion instead of the far superior DAC inside the head unit and 2. You cannot hook up a USB drive without having to buy another module and even then, I think you cannot get ID3 tages so I have heard....

Decisions decisions......................

goldenthumb51
03-31-2008, 12:07 PM
theres seems to be too many disadvantages with this unit. i hope alpine comes out with an improved version of this in the future.

ngsm13
03-31-2008, 02:18 PM
I wont but a HU unless it has 4V or more,alpine has not made a good HU in about 3 years
since dropping the 9833/9835
These look awsome and are reasonably priced but I am guessing they lack the features
for high performance sound quality

Truth.

nG

Ford302Redneck
03-31-2008, 02:20 PM
Truth.

nG

This is among the truth for a lot of companies.

kaigoss69
03-31-2008, 02:32 PM
Shortcomings, yes but with the additional IMPRINT module, it has just about everything you could want, including 4V pre-outs. Not sure about the build quality and SQ, though compared to earlier Alpine models. I'm still not sure I want it, I'll have to keep an eye on this thread a bit more before I make up my mind.

kaigoss69
04-01-2008, 08:42 AM
I think I have made up my mind that I definitely want to have album art on the HU, so is this the only one that does it? I understand you need to have an IPOO for this to happen, correct?

I really want to have an SQ HU so I am really uneasy about buying this one. The CDA-9887, which is the current flagship single DIN unit, allows you to shut off the internal amp in case you are using all external amps, so I think that is a great feature to get all the possible power reserves dedicated to the pre-outs and also minimize the amount of heat the unit generates. Does the IDA-X100 allow you to turn off the internal amps???

I have also noticed that the IMPRINT tuning modules for the CDA-9887 and the IDA-X100 are totally different. Will I still get the same amount of "tunability" with the IDA as with the CDA?

Yet another question: With the additional IMPRINT module on the IDA, what kind of crossover options will I have? The Alpine literature is not very clear here.

Here is a comparison from the Alpine site for the two models:

http://tinyurl.com/2pqbwv

JrVtecAccord
04-03-2008, 09:18 PM
Woo Hoo, look what I got. I will hook it up tomorrow and post first impressions.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/jrvtecaccord/040308003.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/jrvtecaccord/040308005.jpg

Jayz606
04-06-2008, 05:35 PM
Hey guys, new to the site. I've been searching all over trying to find a forum where people are discussing this head unit, looks like you guys have the most informative thread going so far!! Anyways, I purchased this deck and a brand new iPod 4G Nano. The navigation works good and I got comfortable with it fairly quick. In regards to a question noticed earlier: Yes you can shut off the Power I/C if you choose, can't remember who was asking but yes you can.

I am having a problem though. Whenever I connect the iPod via USB I can view the album cover, sounds good etc BUT after roughly 3-4 mins (varies) I get either Error 01 or Error 03 and the deck no longer recognizes the ipod. If I unplug it and plug it back in it will work but only for a short while. The flipside to this is that I used to have a CDA 9856, solid deck but there were a few things about it that bugged me - ie navigation, only being able to see one listing at a time. I still had my Full Speed cable from before, if I plug it into the deck it works perfectly but no art, etc. I've settled on the idea that it's the ipod itself and have returned it in exchange for the 8G version as that's the EXACT model I've seen pictured with it. lol. I think what happened was that I updated the software on the iPod when I first hooked it to my iTunes but I'm not sure. Anyways, I'm going to test it fairly soon, go out for a Sunday cruise. lol. Anybody else had this problem? I even went as far as to uninstall iTunes then reinstall it to a prior version that they had listed in the manual (Ver 7.4.3.1) but that still didn't fix it. I'll let you guys know what I find out and don't hesitate to ask a question to me, if there's some way can help you out I will.

Jay

Jayz606
04-06-2008, 06:27 PM
TEST FAILED!!!!!!!!!! I don't know what to do here, my last possible course of action is exchange my deck (which will happen tomorrow). This is starting to become a fair bit of hassle. Once again, I'll keep you guys posted.

:verymad:
:confused:

Jayz606
04-07-2008, 02:53 PM
Success!!! I took my deck back and exchanged it. Put the new one in in the parking lot and held my breath. Absolutely no problems, everything seems to be in perfect order. I listened to it for 45 mins solid without a single hiccup. So just keep your heads up guys, if you are getting this same type of problem you just might have a dud on your hands. lol

USCFAN
04-09-2008, 05:44 PM
Anyone have the Alpine X001/X100 APN Converter on their computer?

It would be great if you could email it to me.

[email protected]

Babs
04-10-2008, 03:28 PM
Woo Hoo, look what I got. I will hook it up tomorrow and post first impressions.

... cool!!! Finally the pxa-h100 is hitting the streets... I for one will be looking forward to reviews of the IDA-X100 or IDA-X200 running the Imprint processor either auto or manually calibrated.

It appears either the X100 or X200 should in essence have the same sound quality level given their burr-brown DAC's.. Is that a good assumption?

USCFAN
04-11-2008, 09:04 PM
I found the converter!!!

http://files.filefront.com/XND+x001+11winzip/;9992466;/fileinfo.html

or

http://www.pride-rock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=331&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0


... cool!!! Finally the pxa-h100 is hitting the streets... I for one will be looking forward to reviews of the IDA-X100 or IDA-X200 running the Imprint processor either auto or manually calibrated.

It appears either the X100 or X200 should in essence have the same sound quality level given their burr-brown DAC's.. Is that a good assumption?
Yeah i can't wait to get mine! I am still waiting for crutchfield to get the $25 tuning unit.

With the pxa-h100 you should have the best sound quality receiver alpine has right now.

JrVtecAccord
04-12-2008, 12:50 PM
... cool!!! Finally the pxa-h100 is hitting the streets... I for one will be looking forward to reviews of the IDA-X100 or IDA-X200 running the Imprint processor either auto or manually calibrated.

It appears either the X100 or X200 should in essence have the same sound quality level given their burr-brown DAC's.. Is that a good assumption?

I am having mixed impressions with the pxa-h100. For manually tuning it's still pretty basic. I haven't had a chance to auto tune it, the shop were I got mine wouldn't sell me their tunning kit, they only got 1 in:mad:

I haven't comment on the unit yet because I am not sure if it's my Boston Pro60 that is the cause of lack of "highs". With eq ranges above 12k maxed out and the crossovers on the pro's on "0db", it still lacks the highs. It sounds very flat. I am on the verge to try some Polk sr6500, I had know idea that they can be configured in the coax design. If I had know that, they would've been my first choice for this car, since my HT uses Polk speakers and love them.

USCFAN
04-13-2008, 11:27 PM
What amp are you running the pr60 on? I have these speakers and they sound awesome. You need to feed at least 200rms per channel to these speakers.

Also the tuning kit shouldn't cost more than $30.

Hopefully i will be getting this unit sometime this month!

Reggie Lives
04-13-2008, 11:47 PM
I am having mixed impressions with the pxa-h100. For manually tuning it's still pretty basic. I haven't had a chance to auto tune it, the shop were I got mine wouldn't sell me their tunning kit, they only got 1 in:mad:

I haven't comment on the unit yet because I am not sure if it's my Boston Pro60 that is the cause of lack of "highs". With eq ranges above 12k maxed out and the crossovers on the pro's on "0db", it still lacks the highs. It sounds very flat. I am on the verge to try some Polk sr6500, I had know idea that they can be configured in the coax design. If I had know that, they would've been my first choice for this car, since my HT uses Polk speakers and love them.

What exactly can you tune manually with the PXA-H100? Does it open up new menues in the HU? I have the CDA-9886, which uses the PXA (vs the 9887 which uses the other one) but was holding off buying the PXA-H100 untill the KTX-H100 was available. I assume you don't need the tunning kit to utilize the imprint processor?

JrVtecAccord
04-14-2008, 01:06 AM
What amp are you running the pr60 on? I have these speakers and they sound awesome. You need to feed at least 200rms per channel to these speakers.

Also the tuning kit shouldn't cost more than $30.

Hopefully i will be getting this unit sometime this month!

I am using a pdx4.150. I have always used silk tweeters, so I guess I am just not used to these aluminum tweets, they give me a headache even with no processing and all eq set to flat:( Oh well, they will be for sale here in a few days once my Polk SR6500's come in:D

palmfish
04-17-2008, 07:58 AM
Hey all, my first post here.

I'm not new to car audio, but I haven't been an enthusiast since the early 90's. In 1988 I had a Honda CRX Si with a Kenwood/Polk Audio system, and in 1991, I had a Nissan Sentra SE-R with a Soundstream/Boston Acoustics system. Well, I'm older now and my hearing isn't what it used to be, so SQ hasn't been a big priority for me.

What brings me here is, the audio system in my 1988 BMW M3 is in need of freshening and I've been working on bringing it back over the last few weeks. My system consists of an Alpine CDA-7940 HU, an a/d/s PQ20.2 powering my rear installed a/d/s 335is speakers and an RS10 subwoofer, and an a/d/s PQ5.2 powering my front installed 235is speakers.

My 4-channel PQ20.2 took a crap last month and rather than replace it, I had it serviced at a local shop that specializes in high-end audio gear. Now that it's back in shape, I've gotten the itch to replace my aging HU with something newer. After much thinking and researching (here and elsewhere), I've decided that I like the idea of getting the CD's out of my car and going with a USB/aux option instead. After visiting some local audio stores over the last few days and playing with display units, I think I've decided on the iDA-X100.

It pretty much does everything I want my next HU to do. It looks very simple and handsome without having too many buttons and lights. I love the way it effortlessly manages and accesses the file hierarchy on my thumb drive, and the fact that I can switch the buttons to red illumination to blend in with my old BMW instrument lighting is a big plus to me. Until I found this thread though, I was a little bummed that the LCD screen appears mostly blue - to the point that I was still considering a few other units (Clarion DXZ785USB, Eclipse CD3200, and a couple of Blaupunkts) because of their ability to completely display in red - in spite of their inferior displays and functionality.

Well, thanks to USCFAN's posting about the ability to change the wallpaper on the X100 display, I think my only remaining excuse to not buy the Alpine is gone. Which leads me to my question...

I've been playing with MS Paint to see what I might do with an X100 in my car, and came up with an image I'd like some feedback on.

First, the very nondescript E30 dashboard:
http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/fedlawman%27s%20Album/M3%20Dash.JPG/photo/v./photo.jpg

And the imaginary iDA-X100 with red illumination and BMW Motorsport wallpaper:
http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/fedlawman%27s%20Album/Modified%20X-100.JPG/photo/v./photo.jpg

What I'd like to know is whether the wallpaper I made (currently in both ".bmp" and ".jpg" format) can be converted into the format that USCFAN described for importing into the X100.

I'd also like to know if you think my image is a reasonable representation of what the display might look like (minus the small details such as track play/elapsed time and the thin white/blue bars along the very top and bottom edge of the screen. And finally, I'd like opinions on whether you think this image will appear too bright and gaudy, or is the screen dimmable and small enough for it to look OK? I'm also thinking about having wallpaper that's simply a solid black background - if that's possible. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance for your opinions!

Kai Winters
04-17-2008, 10:27 AM
Palmfish here is a link regarding x100 wallpapers.
Alpine uses a proprietary "apn" file for their wallpapers. You can get additional wallpapers at the Alpine website and the Pride Rock Labs site.
You can get the APN file converter to convert jpegs, etc to apn files at Xoned. Hmmm Xoned seems off line at the moment. I as well as others have the apn file converter and can send it to you if you want.

http://www.pride-rock.com/forum/apnlist.php?sid=5f31b2717d88ad308569b84dfebc63d5

I wish Alpine would give us the ability to change the display settings on their x001, x100, etc. hu's. I would like to decide what is displayed of album info...including none if wanted...maybe just the name of the song. Same for the radio presets. I would like to name the preset..."sports talk" for instance rather than "pre 1...1410AM" etc. I would like to change the size of the time display. The display shown when playing music, etc. is so **** small it is barely worth having...and the "time" display is so **** huge I feel like I should be 100 years old with bad sight lol. Considering the cost of the hu's I feel it is a small thing to give the owner the ability to make changes such as these.
I also would be thrilled to have the album art displayed when using a usb storage device...I use a thumb drive and a WD Passport hd rather than an ipod at the moment any way lol...and am not thrilled that Alpine shows album art with an ipod but not a usb storage device. I wonder if Alpine could make changes such as these with a firmware update?

Kai Winters
04-17-2008, 10:34 AM
Here is USCFAN's tutorial for converting apn files. It is on a previous page in this thread. It is a great tutorial...I have printed out and have used it often.
Thanks USCFAN !!

here is the walk through for custom wall paper.

You need to download irfanView and the converter

here is the converter website if link doesn't work.
http://www.xoned.net/content/xoned/p...-apn-converter

To obtain a working RAW image you can freely use IrfanView with this plugin pack:
http://irfanview.tuwien.ac.at/plugin..._400_setup.exe

step 1) Just open your preferred image in irfanview, then use Image->Resize/Resample to set the image to 320x240 72 dpi.
Finally save your image as a RAW in the location: c:\tools\x100\, choosing RGB Interleaved in the dialog box, without using Flip Image.

step 2)
Converter:
1) extract exe and dll in c:\tools\x100\
2) convert your image in RAW and put it in c:\tools\x100\ ----this is what the 1st step was about.
3) click Start->Run and type "cmd.exe" (without quotes)
4) in the cmd prompt type "cd c:\tools\x001\" (without quotes)
5) now type "xndconverter.exe myfile.raw" (without quotes)

If no error occurs your converted apn file should be ready in c:\tools\x100\.

The only way I could get the alpine deck to see the files is to use a usb memory stick. It would NOT work using the ipod to download the wallpaper. I would test whatever usb memory stick by downloading some alpine wallpaper and putting them on the head unit.

If you run into any problems please PM or if you would like I don't mind doing a couple for you if you can't get it working.

palmfish
04-17-2008, 03:05 PM
Thanks for the links Kai. I had already read and copied USCFAN's instructions into a MS Word document for later use. Very good information.

I looked at all the wallpapers on the Pride Rock site and found a few that look great (and much more professional than my hand-drawn picture). I noticed that the site says that those images don't work with the X001. Is the X100 updated somehow to allow their use? Also, it wasn't clear to me from reading the website, but were all those images converted and submitted by members, or did the members just submit .jpg images and someone running the website converted them?

Finally, I made a couple more wallpapers (I'm home sick today and bored). I found a number of good photos, but I'm finding that with the white letters on the display, most photos don't work well. Out of 9 I tried, only 2 look good (they look better on my computer - these are digital photos taken of my computer screen)...

Red E30 M3 tail light and emblem:
http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/fedlawman%27s%20Album/Modified%20X-100%203.JPG/photo/v./photo.jpg

Red fireworks:
http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/fedlawman%27s%20Album/Modified%20X-100%202.JPG/photo/v./photo.jpg

Does anyone else here have custom wallpapers installed and willing to post pictures?

Thanks again.

boarderjosh10
04-17-2008, 05:14 PM
I have a 4 disk cd changer built into the lower section of my dash that I think came with my car, a chrysler sebring 01, Would I be able to attach it to the X100?

Kai Winters
04-18-2008, 12:21 AM
Hi palmfish,
The wallpapers on the Pride Rock site are for the x100, etc.
The x001 is very specific for its wallpaper file type I suppose compared to the x100 which can use the apn converter while the x001 "must" use the file converter. I don't quite understand it but did not look into it as I have the x001 so little to no interest with the needs of the x100 at this point.
I will have to take some shots of my wallpapers and post them. It is a bit of fun and more pleasant to see the wallpaper opposed to the basic fonts on the typical screen.

I have found it takes a bit of size tweaking to get some pics to fit properly on the screen but it is an enjoyable exercise.
I also found the tutorial in this link quite helpful.
http://www.pride-rock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22

I am no expert boarderjosh10 but would not expect your indash cd changer to work with an aftermarket head unit. I would suspect that there would be controller incompatibilities though I could be wrong. There may be an adapter that would work. But most people today are using either their ipods, mp3 players or usb drives to hold their music rather than cd changers anyway so I would not make the changer a make it or break it deal for you.

palmfish
04-18-2008, 01:44 AM
Hi palmfish,
The wallpapers on the Pride Rock site are for the x100, etc.
The x001 is very specific for its wallpaper file type I suppose compared to the x100 which can use the apn converter while the x001 "must" use the file converter. I don't quite understand it but did not look into it as I have the x001 so little to no interest with the needs of the x100 at this point.
I will have to take some shots of my wallpapers and post them. It is a bit of fun and more pleasant to see the wallpaper opposed to the basic fonts on the typical screen.

I have found it takes a bit of size tweaking to get some pics to fit properly on the screen but it is an enjoyable exercise.
I also found the tutorial in this link quite helpful.
http://www.pride-rock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22

I am no expert boarderjosh10 but would not expect your indash cd changer to work with an aftermarket head unit. I would suspect that there would be controller incompatibilities though I could be wrong. There may be an adapter that would work. But most people today are using either their ipods, mp3 players or usb drives to hold their music rather than cd changers anyway so I would not make the changer a make it or break it deal for you.

Great, I'll read through the tutorial tomorrow. I browsed the site tonight and found almost a dozen nice wallpapers that had themes/colors I like. I agree it's kind of a fun/relaxing pursuit playing with these wallpapers, although with the choices I saw today, I don't know if I need to wrack my brain learning this new skill. We'll see - maybe I'll just play with them for a while.

BTW, the link to get the converter is still down. If it still stands, I'd like to take you up on your offer to send it to me...:)

Thanks.

palmfish
04-18-2008, 10:31 PM
OK, I'm getting more excited about buying this HU. I went to my local car audio store today and experimented some more with my USB thumb drive.

I named and organized my music into several tiers on my PC and then transferred the files to the thumb drive to see how the X100 would navigate them. Well, it was flawless. For example, one hierarchy I have is 5 layers deep: Rock/Led Zep/Mothership/Disc 1/'tracks'. I was pleased to see that each push of the "enter" button brought me to the next tier until I eventually arrived at the individual tracks. Then, when I hit "enter" on the first track, the album started playing in the correct (not alphabetical) order. Simple and logical - exactly what I want.

The only thing holding me back now is the price. I'm not opposed to spending $350 + $30 (sales tax) + $55 (installation) at the store, but it's hard for me to pay that much when I've seen this unit commonly selling for $220 + $20 (shipping) + $55 (installation) on the internet. I have to make a value call and decide if it's worth spending an extra $140 for the benefit/security of having a personal relationship with the store and buying from an authorized dealer.

Tough decision, but truth be told, I'm kind of enjoying the anticipation too :celebra:

Kai Winters
04-20-2008, 04:23 PM
Here are a couple of images of my x001 hu. The first is one of my wallpapers. I am a big fan of Calvin and Hobbes and thought this would be fun...it is. The second is the head unit with the Metra OEM Adapter. It is a well built adapter and matches the factory dash nearly perfectly.


http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j307/Kai_Winters/2004%20Accord%20EX/X001.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j307/Kai_Winters/2004%20Accord%20EX/X001_A.jpg

tee
04-20-2008, 06:03 PM
Alpine makes some nice looking HU.

kaigoss69
04-20-2008, 07:28 PM
The only thing holding me back now is the price. I'm not opposed to spending $350 + $30 (sales tax) + $55 (installation) at the store, but it's hard for me to pay that much when I've seen this unit commonly selling for $220 + $20 (shipping) + $55 (installation) on the internet. I have to make a value call and decide if it's worth spending an extra $140 for the benefit/security of having a personal relationship with the store and buying from an authorized dealer.

Tough decision, but truth be told, I'm kind of enjoying the anticipation too :celebra:

Palmfish, if you have a Tweeter in town, go there and ask for the best price on that unit. My tweeter quoted me $260 plus installation!!! Of course, that comes with a full warranty and almost matches the best internet price.

palmfish
04-21-2008, 03:56 PM
Palmfish, if you have a Tweeter in town, go there and ask for the best price on that unit. My tweeter quoted me $260 plus installation!!! Of course, that comes with a full warranty and almost matches the best internet price.

No tweeter where I live :(

So far, only one place in the area (Seattle) that I know has the X100 is Car Toys. They want $399 installed.

USCFAN
04-21-2008, 11:30 PM
Sorry guys for not keeping up with this thread. It seems that my email subscription to this thread is not working. :(

Thanks for the links Kai. I had already read and copied USCFAN's instructions into a MS Word document for later use. Very good information.

I looked at all the wallpapers on the Pride Rock site and found a few that look great (and much more professional than my hand-drawn picture). I noticed that the site says that those images don't work with the X001. Is the X100 updated somehow to allow their use? Also, it wasn't clear to me from reading the website, but were all those images converted and submitted by members, or did the members just submit .jpg images and someone running the website converted them?

Finally, I made a couple more wallpapers (I'm home sick today and bored). I found a number of good photos, but I'm finding that with the white letters on the display, most photos don't work well. Out of 9 I tried, only 2 look good (they look better on my computer - these are digital photos taken of my computer screen)...

Red E30 M3 tail light and emblem:
http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/fedlawman%27s%20Album/Modified%20X-100%203.JPG/photo/v./photo.jpg

Red fireworks:
http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/fedlawman%27s%20Album/Modified%20X-100%202.JPG/photo/v./photo.jpg

Does anyone else here have custom wallpapers installed and willing to post pictures?

Thanks again.The guy on priderock does the converting for the alpine TV deck because he will not release the converter. With this converter you can put just about any image on your deck. So if you see a wallpaper you like on that site, you would just have to convert the image and it would work as a wallpaper.

It may seem like it a hard thing to do, but once you do it a couple times it is really simple.

I am still using this image,

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n191/kbsmoker/DSC09881.jpg

here are some more pics of some different wallpaper

http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showpost.php?p=4305536&postcount=64


I have a 4 disk cd changer built into the lower section of my dash that I think came with my car, a chrysler sebring 01, Would I be able to attach it to the X100?If you can get an ai-net alpine adapter for your car, then it will work.


Great, I'll read through the tutorial tomorrow. I browsed the site tonight and found almost a dozen nice wallpapers that had themes/colors I like. I agree it's kind of a fun/relaxing pursuit playing with these wallpapers, although with the choices I saw today, I don't know if I need to wrack my brain learning this new skill. We'll see - maybe I'll just play with them for a while.

BTW, the link to get the converter is still down. If it still stands, I'd like to take you up on your offer to send it to me...:)

Thanks.The new link for the converter is in post 113.

here it is again
http://files.filefront.com/XND+x001+11winzip/;9992466;/fileinfo.html



Well, thanks to USCFAN's posting about the ability to change the wallpaper on the X100 display, I think my only remaining excuse to not buy the Alpine is gone. Which leads me to my question...

I've been playing with MS Paint to see what I might do with an X100 in my car, and came up with an image I'd like some feedback on.

First, the very nondescript E30 dashboard:
http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/fedlawman%27s%20Album/M3%20Dash.JPG/photo/v./photo.jpg

And the imaginary iDA-X100 with red illumination and BMW Motorsport wallpaper:
http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/fedlawman%27s%20Album/Modified%20X-100.JPG/photo/v./photo.jpg

What I'd like to know is whether the wallpaper I made (currently in both ".bmp" and ".jpg" format) can be converted into the format that USCFAN described for importing into the X100.

I'd also like to know if you think my image is a reasonable representation of what the display might look like (minus the small details such as track play/elapsed time and the thin white/blue bars along the very top and bottom edge of the screen. And finally, I'd like opinions on whether you think this image will appear too bright and gaudy, or is the screen dimmable and small enough for it to look OK? I'm also thinking about having wallpaper that's simply a solid black background - if that's possible. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance for your opinions!

Welcome to the forum. If you can get me the image file, I can get a picture of it on my deck for you.

Easiest way would be upload the picture to a photo hosting site and then posting the url here. Or PM if you would just like to email it.

palmfish
04-22-2008, 12:12 AM
Thanks for the reply USCFAN. I have an update...

I bought my iDA-X100 and got it installed today. Here are some pictures - red buttons and red (factory) wallpaper:

http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/My%20ultimate%20E30/dash%20light%20far.jpg/photo/v./photo.jpg

http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/My%20ultimate%20E30/dash%20light%20close.jpg/photo/v./photo.jpg

http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/My%20ultimate%20E30/dash%20dark%20far.jpg/photo/v./photo.jpg

http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/My%20ultimate%20E30/dash%20dark%20close.jpg/photo/v./photo.jpg

It's everything I hoped it would be. Really classy and simple looking and it blends very well with my "old school" dashboard. Ergonomics are the best of any HU I've ever seen.

Only thing is, I downloaded some custom wallpapers from Pride-Rock and couldn't get them loaded into the HU. The HU sees them, and I can select one and hit "enter", but when I select user and back out, the screen is just a black background. I thought it might be the Pride-Rock stuff so I even downloaded one from the Alpine site - same result.

The default red wallpaper (Type 2) looks fine (all red) so I'm not too desperate, but I would like to play with downloads. Am I doing something wrong? I don't need to somehow convert the ".apn" files I've downloaded, do I?

EDIT: OK, I just re-read your post and realized that I do need to convert the ".apn" file using the converter you linked. I'll follow the "custom wallpaper" tutorial that you previously posted (and I downloaded and printed out). I'll report back after I succeed.

Thanks again for listening to my musings - I don't treat myself to electronic toys very often and I'm pretty excited.

Oh yeah, here's an exterior shot of my car for some perspective...

http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/My%20ultimate%20E30/IMG_0331.JPG/photo/v./photo.jpg

palmfish
04-22-2008, 02:34 AM
Success...

http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/My%20ultimate%20E30/custom%20wallpaper.jpg/photo/v./photo.jpg


Very cool app USC and Kai. I'll definitely keep busy playing with wallpaper for the next few days.

Though I'm not too keen on the white strip along the top of the screen (the standard 'Type 2' wallpaper has a red strip). There's just no pleasing me :laugh:

USCFAN
04-22-2008, 04:06 PM
Awesome! I'm glad you got it to work!!! :D

Nice car BTW, I have always love BMW cars. I had owned a 93 5-series and 2000 7-series...and both were great cars.

palmfish
04-22-2008, 09:48 PM
Awesome! I'm glad you got it to work!!! :D

Nice car BTW, I have always love BMW cars. I had owned a 93 5-series and 2000 7-series...and both were great cars.

Thanks USCFAN, that's my baby. I drive a company car M-F (a Ford Taurus :crying:) so I'm always looking forward to winding up that little Bavarian 4 banger on the weekend.

OK, so here's the latest... I went to Fry's today and picked up a Maxtor 80GB external USB hard drive. It doesn't work with the HU. The HU doesn't recognize it as a USB device (plus the added inconvenience of needing 2 USB ports to provide power and data transfer).

Has anyone found a HD (or another affordable) mass storage solution for the X100, or I am going to have to buy a stack of 8 GB thumbdrives and label them?

jazz, classical, 60s rock, 70s rock, 80s rock, 90s rock, modern rock, misc. :rolleyes:

USCFAN
04-22-2008, 10:09 PM
http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/My%20ultimate%20E30/custom%20wallpaper.jpg/photo/v./photo.jpg

How did you get that red strip at the bottom?

palmfish
04-23-2008, 12:30 AM
In the "Display" settings, set the "BGV Color" to Type 2 (red).

Kai Winters
04-23-2008, 06:00 AM
You may want to try the Western Digital Passport hard drive. My x001 reads my 160gb passport with no problems.

XXVANN
04-23-2008, 12:05 PM
Has anyone found a HD (or another affordable) mass storage solution for the X100, or I am going to have to buy a stack of 8 GB thumbdrives and label them?

I loaded a 250GB SATA drive into this enclosure http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=016426&cid=516.551 and it works fairly well. There are a couple of issues however:

When I shut the truck off and restart it, the hard drive restarts back at the first song on the hard drive (a real **** off) :verymad::verymad:
jumping from album to album takes 10-15 seconds
advancing a track is immediate, but going back one track seems to take about 5 seconds:confused:


I don't notice any of these issues with a memory stick. For the most part it isn't bad, when on longer drives, but around town it downright *****.

palmfish
04-23-2008, 07:37 PM
You may want to try the Western Digital Passport hard drive. My x001 reads my 160gb passport with no problems.

OK, I'm looking at amazon.com. Which Passport do you have? The "Essential", "Elite", or is it just "Passport Portable?" It runs off the single USB cable with no other hook ups required? The HU sees and plays all your music files without a problem?

Also, looking at Amazon.com, I don't see why a western Digital would work and a Maxtor wouldn't. What's the difference? Here's the Maxtor I tried...

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-STM900803OTA3E1-RK-Maxtor-OneTouch-Portable/dp/B000V4TOK2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1208998488&sr=1-4

XXVANN - Thanks for your input. I love the idea of having 250GB, but the glitches you describe would drive me nuts.

JrVtecAccord
04-23-2008, 07:55 PM
And it runs off the single USB cable with no other hook ups required?

XXVANN - Thanks for your input. I love the idea of having 250GB, but the glitches you describe would drive me nuts.

Why not just buy a used ipod on your local criagslist or similar. You can find a 5g 30gig for about $100. This HU is made for an ipod, and it will work seamless.

Believe me, I HATE ipod & apple, I keep my ipod in the car and it stays there, only take it out when I need to add more music. I use a Zen for my mp3 player. And if you hate itunes too, you can use mediamonkey to transfer your music to the ipod, it works great, so no need for itunes on your system.

Just my thoughts.

palmfish
04-23-2008, 08:49 PM
Why not just buy a used ipod on your local criagslist or similar. You can find a 5g 30gig for about $100. This HU is made for an ipod, and it will work seamless.

Believe me, I HATE ipod & apple, I keep my ipod in the car and it stays there, only take it out when I need to add more music. I use a Zen for my mp3 player. And if you hate itunes too, you can use mediamonkey to transfer your music to the ipod, it works great, so no need for itunes on your system.

Just my thoughts.

I never thought of that. I've avoided iPods too, mainly because a lot of my files are CD transfers in WMA format. My whole family has SanDisk Sansa's - I like them because they have SD card slots built in for unlimited expandability.

But I like your idea. I don't care about the iPod interface benefits (cover art, playlists, etc.), but a Creative, SanDisk, or other non-iPod player with big storage would be a good option.

Thanks, I'll look into that too.

XXVANN
04-23-2008, 11:15 PM
Why not just buy a used ipod on your local criagslist or similar. You can find a 5g 30gig for about $100. This HU is made for an ipod, and it will work seamless.

Believe me, I HATE ipod & apple, I keep my ipod in the car and it stays there, only take it out when I need to add more music. I use a Zen for my mp3 player. And if you hate itunes too, you can use mediamonkey to transfer your music to the ipod, it works great, so no need for itunes on your system.

Just my thoughts.

The downside to that (for me) is a large percentage (probably at least 1/3 to 1/2) of my digital music is in WMA format. To convert to MP3 would cost me some audio clarity, even though most of my WMA files are 192+kbps.

Kai Winters
04-24-2008, 06:04 AM
Passport Portable.

JrVtecAccord
04-24-2008, 09:12 AM
The downside to that (for me) is a large percentage (probably at least 1/3 to 1/2) of my digital music is in WMA format. To convert to MP3 would cost me some audio clarity, even though most of my WMA files are 192+kbps.


Just do a mass conversion over night, transfer ALL those WMAs to 320kbps MP3s. Unless you want to keep the WMA format, but yeah that's a bummer. I remember when I first got in to digital music(mp3s) I never payed attention to the ID3 tags. Well after 10k songs and wrong tags, I bought a mp3 player that used ID3 tags, and guess what, everything was wrong:mad: A couple of weeks later, ALL my tags where correct. I guess I am trying to say, just convert all that s :)

Kai Winters
04-24-2008, 09:37 PM
Yep did the same thing.
I wound up converting all my wma files to mp3 at 320kbps and used a neat program to rename all the files that had titles like "unknown album" etc. It took time but was worth the work. I also re-ripped all my cd's to mp3/320kbps...definately worth the effort.
Guess in a way I am glad I only have several hundred songs.
It is definately nice to have every cd and song I own on a hard drive and usb drives. But it can be a pain when I am in an "hmmm what to listen to mode"...lol so many songs to choose from and I don't know what I want to hear.

USCFAN
04-26-2008, 05:13 PM
Has anyone been able to find the KTX-H100 tuning kit? Crutchfield has been saying it was on back order.

JrVtecAccord
04-26-2008, 07:54 PM
Has anyone been able to find the KTX-H100 tuning kit? Crutchfield has been saying it was on back order.

Yeah, I am wating for it as well. The funny thing is, when I picked up my x100 from my local dealer, they had the KTX-H100, and this was about a month ago:confused: He wouldn't sell it to me because they only received one.

RoachForLife
04-27-2008, 10:07 AM
any updates on the imprint unit?

XXVANN
04-28-2008, 08:47 AM
any updates on the imprint unit?

http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=307942

XtremeAaron
04-30-2008, 01:41 PM
New here, having trouble creating a wallpaper for my IDA-X100. Heres what I sent USCFAN but incase he no longer visits ill ask yall too.

"Hey, im trying to get a custom wallpaper on my new HU and you seem the most knowledgeable at this. Im pretty much stuck from the start. I downloaded Infranview or whatever and it made a "plugins" folder, how do I open the image in it?

Any help is greatly appreciated!
Thanks"

Kai Winters
04-30-2008, 04:20 PM
This is the "How To" from USCFAN and what I presume you are using to create the wallpaper.
here is the walk through for custom wall paper.

You need to download irfanView and the converter

here is the converter website if link doesn't work.
http://www.xoned.net/content/xoned/p...-apn-converter

To obtain a working RAW image you can freely use IrfanView with this plugin pack:
http://irfanview.tuwien.ac.at/plugin..._400_setup.exe

step 1) Just open your preferred image in irfanview, then use Image->Resize/Resample to set the image to 320x240 72 dpi.
Finally save your image as a RAW in the location: c:\tools\x100\, choosing RGB Interleaved in the dialog box, without using Flip Image.

step 2)
Converter:
1) extract exe and dll in c:\tools\x100\
2) convert your image in RAW and put it in c:\tools\x100\ ----this is what the 1st step was about.
3) click Start->Run and type "cmd.exe" (without quotes)
4) in the cmd prompt type "cd c:\tools\x001\" (without quotes)
5) now type "xndconverter.exe myfile.raw" (without quotes)

If no error occurs your converted apn file should be ready in c:\tools\x100\.

The only way I could get the alpine deck to see the files is to use a usb memory stick. It would NOT work using the ipod to download the wallpaper. I would test whatever usb memory stick by downloading some alpine wallpaper and putting them on the head unit.

If you run into any problems please PM or if you would like I don't mind doing a couple for you if you can't get it working.

Here is a link to a site on how to start with a good image.
http://www.pride-rock.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22

You need the APN converter file to make the conversion.
Do you have this file?

Here is the link to the converter file.
http://www.mediafire.com/?xpvd1ymzvzy
The Xoned site is down for maintenance but they are caring enough to post links to the files most needed.

Hope this is what you need and works for you.

XtremeAaron
04-30-2008, 04:33 PM
Yup thats what im trying to work off of. See the irfanview folder called "plugins" has an icon that has a penguin on it? it opens a video viewer, im stuck at step one! haha Thanks.

XtremeAaron
05-01-2008, 01:00 PM
Got it to work! Problem is only a link to the irfan plugin was in the post, not the actual program.

Now my only question is why on my flash drive I can have all my artists alphabetized but when hooked to the alpine its no longer abc order...

USCFAN
05-01-2008, 04:39 PM
Glad you got it to work! Sorry about not making it more clear you needed the irfanView program.

All i included were the hard to find programs/files in my post.

Now for your problem, it might be that the deck looks at the file name instead of the song/artist name.

Really its worth picking up an ipod, this deck work sooooo awesome with them.

XtremeAaron
05-01-2008, 10:44 PM
Yeah thats not a bad idea, itd never leave the truck, i dont even use my new sansa clip.

java230
05-08-2008, 01:40 PM
could anyone get me a pick of the back of the faceplate and the Hu with the faceplate off? i am trying to see if i can remote mount my faceplate. TIA

palmfish
05-20-2008, 10:00 PM
So, I've been out of town for the past three weeks. I finally got back and picked up a Western Digital USB HD and loaded it with about 40 albums.

If you're still around Kai, I've got a question for you...

The drive works great - the HU reads it perfectly. When I loaded all my initial albums, the folders were all alphabetized. Yesterday, I loaded 4 more albums onto the drive, and instead of automatically inserting them into alphabetical order, they were placed on the bottom of the list of previously loaded albums.

So I plugged the drive back into my PC and what do you know, all the folders are listed in alphabetical order. But when I plug it back into the HU, the newest additions appear back at the bottom of the list.

Do you have this issue too? How do I move Bjork from the bottom of the list over to just beneath AC/DC were it belongs?

Kai Winters
05-21-2008, 06:55 AM
I have noticed what you describe.
I believe it may have been mentioned by someone but don't remember the details.
I do not know why it does it nor how to correct it, sorry.

rscott82
05-21-2008, 09:40 AM
I have an Alpine iDA-X100 connected to a IPOD Nano 3rd Gen player. It works okay when first connected but after several songs the IPOD will lock up. After resetting the IPOD it will work okay again for awhile. No problem with the IPOD when not connected to the iDA-X100. Anyone else have this problem? Not sure if its the IPOD or the Alpine. The IPOD has the latest firmware updates.

Thanks, Rick

XXVANN
05-21-2008, 01:33 PM
I have noticed what you describe.
I believe it may have been mentioned by someone but don't remember the details.
I do not know why it does it nor how to correct it, sorry.

I have the same issue with my X100 w/hard drive.

After this weekend when I went for an 8 hr drive and I couldn't randomize my entire hard drive collection, I had enough of using a USB drive with the X100 and purchased a new 160GB iPod Classic last night.

I spoke to Alpine support about my random issue. He told me that the X100 has to re-index on each album change, and that there is a limit of 10,000 songs that it can handle at once. It would seem to be true as it usually took about 30 seconds for me to switch from one album to another (absolutely unacceptable, it took me less time to eject and re-insert a CD in my 9835). It took more than 12 hrs to categorize and convert my WMA files to M4A in iTunes last night/this morning (:verymad::verymad:) but once I get the iPod connected, I'm hoping that I will have the performance I'm after.

Kai Winters
05-21-2008, 03:40 PM
Good info XXVANN.
It takes around 10 to 15 seconds for my x001 to access my 160gb hard drive when I first connect it, then around 10 seconds to access all my folders...around 45gb of music. Once it is accessed it only takes a second or so to access the songs in each folder...about as fast as a usb thumb drive.
I do not know why they index the way they do but it is not that big a deal to me and is worth it for the ability to use a 160gb hdd or the new high speed usb thumb drives.

XXVANN
05-21-2008, 11:44 PM
Good info XXVANN.
It takes around 10 to 15 seconds for my x001 to access my 160gb hard drive when I first connect it, then around 10 seconds to access all my folders...around 45gb of music.

By way of comparison I had a 7200rpm 250GB 2.5" SATA drive, with 180GB of music stored onboard.

palmfish
05-22-2008, 03:08 PM
Good info XXVANN.
It takes around 10 to 15 seconds for my x001 to access my 160gb hard drive when I first connect it, then around 10 seconds to access all my folders...around 45gb of music. Once it is accessed it only takes a second or so to access the songs in each folder...about as fast as a usb thumb drive.
I do not know why they index the way they do but it is not that big a deal to me and is worth it for the ability to use a 160gb hdd or the new high speed usb thumb drives.

It takes about 5 seconds for my X100 to access my HD, and then it starts playing the first song of the first album automatically. Scrolling through albums and selecting tracks is instantaneous with mine (though I only have maybe 500 songs).

Here's one fix for alphabetizing my files. Yesterday, I plugged the HD back into my computer and added an empty folder to the HD. Then I dragged and dropped each album file into the new folder and now they are all alphabetical again. I suppose I would have to do this every time I add music, and it will become tedious when I have a lot more music loaded, but for now, it works for me.

I think I'll be hard pressed to ever come up with even 10GB of music, so I'm thinking about buying a 16GB thumb drive or a used 5th generation 30GB iPOD off ebay. IIRC, I didn't have this alphabetizing problem with the 1GB thumb drive I started with.

Refresh my memory, is there a higher quality or lossless format that the X100 is compatible with? I use Windows Media Player to rip/burn and I experimented with the higher bit rate formats, but the X100 didn't recognize them. I re-ripped about 40 of my favorite CD's over the weekend into MP3 320bps format. Each album is about 100MB in size and sounds just fine to my ears.

Kai Winters
05-22-2008, 05:15 PM
Thanks for the info palmfish...I may try that folder trick.
Your description how your x100 accesses music is the same as my x001 though my initial hd access, when it is disconnected from the connector, is what I describe.
I prefer a usb drive and use 2 8gb drives. One holds all my albums in their individual folders seperately while the other has several folders for "favorites hard rock, favorites soft rock, hard rock, lite rock and oldies, etc." I also create a seperate folder when going on a road trip with music tailored for the trip.

WMA and mp3 files are all the hu's will read unfortunately. My music is all in mp3 format at 320bps. I have compared identical songs in wma and mp3 format and my ears, with my system, does not notice a difference so I am satisfied.

Ali1
05-24-2008, 06:33 PM
here is a couple shots of my installed x100 in the blazer.


overall, its performance is outstanding in terms of speed and progress, but its lack of features has made me think twice. This headUnit is exactly like an ipod. All it does is play music ( if you use bluetooth/phone feature,maybe you'll benefit). Changing bass from -7 to 7 (like Alpine's other HUs such as the 9885/9887,98xx) is not an option anymore.... I was hoping that Alpine would atleast keep that with the Ipod players such as the x001/x100/200/300......

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h317/ali3596/HU1.jpg

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h317/ali3596/HU2.jpg

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h317/ali3596/HU4.jpg

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h317/ali3596/HU3.jpg

palmfish
05-24-2008, 08:37 PM
I prefer a usb drive and use 2 8gb drives. One holds all my albums in their individual folders seperately while the other has several folders for "favorites hard rock, favorites soft rock, hard rock, lite rock and oldies, etc." I also create a seperate folder when going on a road trip with music tailored for the trip.

So Kai, have you noticed how your 8GB USB drives alphabetize your music?

Used 30gb iPods are selling for about $150 so I reconsidering getting a 16GB USB thumb drive for about half that and being done with it.

Kai Winters
05-25-2008, 09:33 AM
Files are alphabetically ordered.

palmfish
05-25-2008, 12:02 PM
Thanks Kai, that's what I thought.

Oh well, I've flip-flopped again. Last night I took JrVtecAccord's advice and bought a used 30GB iPod (5th gen) off eBay for $115.

http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/My%20ultimate%20E30/ae_8.JPG/photo/v./photo.jpg

I figured just the storage alone is worth about that right now.

The seamless integration (file system, cover art, etc.) with the X100 and ability to actually use it as a portable media player when I travel are simply icing on the cake.

What a fun little toy this X100 is turning out to be. So... does anyone know anything about XM radio? :santa:

kovemaster559
05-25-2008, 12:04 PM
Nice head unit . The middle button is obnoxious!

JrVtecAccord
05-25-2008, 05:01 PM
Thanks Kai, that's what I thought.

Oh well, I've flip-flopped again. Last night I took JrVtecAccord's advice and bought a used 30GB iPod (5th gen) off eBay for $115.

http://www.carspace.com/fedlawman/Albums/My%20ultimate%20E30/ae_8.JPG/photo/v./photo.jpg

I figured just the storage alone is worth about that right now.

The seamless integration (file system, cover art, etc.) with the X100 and ability to actually use it as a portable media player when I travel are simply icing on the cake.

What a fun little toy this X100 is turning out to be. So... does anyone know anything about XM radio? :santa:

Are you going to use itunes to transfer music to the ipod? Like I mentioned earlier, try Mediamonkey, it syncs with the ipod seamlessly. From what I have been reading about using a HD with this HU, you will be much happier with the ipod as your storage solution.

Reggie Lives
05-25-2008, 06:30 PM
Are you going to use itunes to transfer music to the ipod? Like I mentioned earlier, try Mediamonkey, it syncs with the ipod seamlessly. From what I have been reading about using a HD with this HU, you will be much happier with the ipod as your storage solution.

I *think* the issue with Alpine Headunits re-alphabetizing folders has to do with short and long file names. The unit only reads short filenames, but windows renames short filenames when they are moved to different locations.

There's a program out there called drivesort that will organize your thumb drive via their long file name, and create new alphabetized short file names. It's worked like a charm for me, and only takes 2 mins max.

PS I have the 9886, so take this with a grain of salt.

palmfish
05-25-2008, 09:44 PM
JrVtec - I did download iTunes and begin transferring my music into it. So far, I like the way it works and I look forward to experimenting with playlists and the other features. I will also check out Mediamonkey and see how I like it. Thanks.

Reggie - That's great info - and now that you mention it, it makes a lot of sense.

Reggie Lives
05-26-2008, 12:18 AM
http://www.anerty.net/software/file/DriveSort.php

Kai Winters
05-26-2008, 09:48 AM
Good for you Palmfish.
I like the idea of the album art for each song...very cool.
I may wind up popping for an ipod at some point.
My daughter loves her ipod and helping her set it up I found itunes to be quite easy and a decent program.
That drivesort is worth looking into. Thanks for the link.

palmfish
05-26-2008, 12:01 PM
Just installed it and tried it out. Drivesort works perfectly.

Darn it - now I may have to keep the HD and the iPod :)

palmfish
05-26-2008, 12:05 PM
As for iTunes, one thing I don't like is the ripping process. After a little experimenting, I prefer using WMP to rip and save an album in "My Music" and then importing it into iTunes manually.

I tried MediaMonkey but the webpage wouldn't load. I then downloaded version 3 from CNet and the installation failed due to some error. Maybe I'll try it again later...

palmfish
05-29-2008, 08:06 AM
I have a few questions for you Apple/iPod experts (JrVtecAccord)...

1. I've tried importing compilation CD's into iTunes and instead of being listed as an album with the album title associated, the individual songs get spread out throughout the library. Is there a way to make iTunes keep this type of CD as a whole album?

2. Can I load lossless AAC files onto the iPod and then play them back through the X100 or is 320kbps the limit no matter what?

3. How come iTunes cannot find album art for some of my more common/mainstream albums, yet it has come through for a few of my older and more obscure albums? Are there other places where I can go online to download album cover art (that will display on the iPod and X100)?

4. I finally got MediaMonkey downloaded onto my laptop but I haven't played with it yet (it looks complicated). If I decide to use MediaMonkey instead of iTunes, does it also transfer cover art to the iPod and X100 just like iTunes? Will MediaMonkey allow me to import compilation CD's and keep them as a single album?

XXVANN
05-29-2008, 10:12 AM
3. How come iTunes cannot find album art for some of my more common/mainstream albums, yet it has come through for a few of my older and more obscure albums? Are there other places where I can go online to download album cover art (that will display on the iPod and X100)?

I believe this is because iTunes is not in bed with particular artists, and therefore they do not have their music for sale. If not for sale then there will be no album art to download.

See: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061029051121AAnJFsZ

To fix this problem I just did a Google image search for each (ACDC) album and then dragged the art to iTunes.

W8 a minute
05-29-2008, 10:30 AM
I have a few questions for you Apple/iPod experts (JrVtecAccord)...

1. I've tried importing compilation CD's into iTunes and instead of being listed as an album with the album title associated, the individual songs get spread out throughout the library. Is there a way to make iTunes keep this type of CD as a whole album?

3. How come iTunes cannot find album art for some of my more common/mainstream albums, yet it has come through for a few of my older and more obscure albums? Are there other places where I can go online to download album cover art (that will display on the iPod and X100)?



Both of these are related to "tagging"
If you don't have the proper tags then iTunes can't match them to anything be it another song from the same album or artwork on the internet.

But I think there is an option on the ipod itself to group by compilation. Again, your tags need to be correct. Just having the correct file name is not enough.

JrVtecAccord
05-29-2008, 04:35 PM
I have a few questions for you Apple/iPod experts (JrVtecAccord)...

1. I've tried importing compilation CD's into iTunes and instead of being listed as an album with the album title associated, the individual songs get spread out throughout the library. Is there a way to make iTunes keep this type of CD as a whole album?

2. Can I load lossless AAC files onto the iPod and then play them back through the X100 or is 320kbps the limit no matter what?

3. How come iTunes cannot find album art for some of my more common/mainstream albums, yet it has come through for a few of my older and more obscure albums? Are there other places where I can go online to download album cover art (that will display on the iPod and X100)?

4. I finally got MediaMonkey downloaded onto my laptop but I haven't played with it yet (it looks complicated). If I decide to use MediaMonkey instead of iTunes, does it also transfer cover art to the iPod and X100 just like iTunes? Will MediaMonkey allow me to import compilation CD's and keep them as a single album?

1. I haven't used itunes, and I refuse to:) But in MM their is an option to group albums, such as you mentioned. Also, like someone stated, it's also relies on your ID3 tags. If you have the "ALBUM ARTIST" field with various artist, then the "ARTIST" with the individual artist that will work. That is how I organize my "various artist albums. I HIGHLY recommend editing your tags before you import them in to itunes or what ever music organizer you plan on using. I use MP3TAG (do a search on google, should be the first one that pops up)to edit my tags BEFORE importing the files to mediamonkey. I then use media monkey to insert album art, I just like using mediamonkey for album art because of the many options it gives you. (save to file location, save to IDTAG.....)

2. Not Sure

3. I don't use itunes:)

4. Yes & Yes, If you have trouble using MM, they have a GREAT forum on thier website.

If you have any questions regarding mediamonkey just let me know, I can call myself a poweruser:) It's really not complicated at all, just a slight learning curve. You can remove all unused icons and such to simplify your layout.

Here is an image of the way I have MM configured. Proper ID3 TAGS is the key!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/jrvtecaccord/MM1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/jrvtecaccord/MM2.jpg

palmfish
05-30-2008, 01:14 AM
Thanks Jr, I knew you'd have the answers. My iPod should arrive any day now and I'll definitely check out the MediaMonkey website and start learning about ID Tags.

That, or I'll just stick with the HD and forget all this other nonsense that I don't have time for...:D

Ali1
05-30-2008, 03:32 PM
not sure if i caught it or not, but does the ipod turn off after you head unit turns off?

the reason i ask is because when i remove the key from the ignition, player is still on. When i open my door, player shuts off but the ipod is still on.

palmfish
05-30-2008, 10:28 PM
Thanks Jr, I knew you'd have the answers. My iPod should arrive any day now and I'll definitely check out the MediaMonkey website and start learning about ID Tags.

That, or I'll just stick with the HD and forget all this other nonsense that I don't have time for...:D

OK Jr, got another one for you.

I just got my iPod and loaded all my music onto it without a hitch. Thing is, when I plug it into the X100, the HU displays, "USB Device Error."

Is this the software version problem I've read about?

My iPod is a 30GB gen 5 unit (late 2006 model) with software version 1.3.

EDIT: I've also imported all of my music into MediaMonkey. Since this original question, I've "restored" my iPod and sync'd it to MediaMonkey. I'm still getting the "USB Device Error" message on my X100.

JrVtecAccord
05-31-2008, 04:46 PM
OK Jr, got another one for you.

I just got my iPod and loaded all my music onto it without a hitch. Thing is, when I plug it into the X100, the HU displays, "USB Device Error."

Is this the software version problem I've read about?

My iPod is a 30GB gen 5 unit (late 2006 model) with software version 1.3.

EDIT: I've also imported all of my music into MediaMonkey. Since this original question, I've "restored" my iPod and sync'd it to MediaMonkey. I'm still getting the "USB Device Error" message on my X100.

Hmm, not sure. I get that error every once in a while, they way I correct it is to reset the ipod it self. I just leave it attached and reset it, once it's done resting the HU reads it, it switches source to ipod then it says "searching" then good to go. If you don't know how to reset it, just hold the center botton, and the one right above it(forgot what the button is used for, I think menu)tell it resets.

You said you restored it? I am taking it that you restored it with itunes, that's the only way I know, if you didn't restore it with itunes. Usually a restore solves most problems.

Question, does the music play fine just using it as a mp3 player, through the headphones?

palmfish
05-31-2008, 09:14 PM
Hmm, not sure. I get that error every once in a while, they way I correct it is to reset the ipod it self. I just leave it attached and reset it, once it's done resting the HU reads it, it switches source to ipod then it says "searching" then good to go. If you don't know how to reset it, just hold the center botton, and the one right above it(forgot what the button is used for, I think menu)tell it resets.

You said you restored it? I am taking it that you restored it with itunes, that's the only way I know, if you didn't restore it with itunes. Usually a restore solves most problems.

Question, does the music play fine just using it as a mp3 player, through the headphones?

Yes, I restored it using iTunes.

It works just great as an MP3 player. I've tried both iTunes and MediaMonkey and your right, MediaMonkey is great - I'm sticking with it.

I haven't tried a reset yet. I'll give your method a shot. If that doesn't work, then I'm afraid it's likely the latest version of iTunes and firmware that aren't compatible with the HU. The Alpine operators manual clearly says they don't guarantee performance with iTunes versions newer than 7.4.3.1. My unit has been restored and updated using iTunes 7.6 (the latest version). According to all the iPod forums I've visited in the past 24 hours, it looks like there is no rolling back the firmware once any version 7 of iTunes has touched it :crying:

I'll let you know what happens. Worse case scenario - I'm stuck with a really nice MP3 player and my 160GB USB HD for the X100.

EDIT: That's a big no-go on the reset. Still getting "USB Device Error" message. I'll try calling Alpine on Monday and if I get nowhere, I guess maybe I'll be posting a used iPod for sale on eBay.

XXVANN
06-02-2008, 09:19 AM
I connected the KCE-300BT (bluetooth module) on the weekend. After setting up the INT Mute in the general settings of the menu, I sync'd up my KRZR K1 phone in about 30 seconds. The phone functionality is as good as any OEM setup, with my complete phone book, missed calls and recent calls all coming up with their own menu options.

Placing a call will also pause the iPod, resuming as soon as the call is over.

I can also play back any music stored on the phone via bluetooth.

Overall its a pretty cool piece of hardware, would recommend if anyone has a bluetooth phone.

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Now the only problem is getting the Sirius to work with my Imprint module. Alpine Tech told me my 3 yr old SIR-ALP1 will not work with the PXA-H100, so I bought the two new Sirius Connect modules and connected them up, but they reacted identically to the old module.

The problem is I get nothing but static, however the display is showing the station name, song name and artist on the display. The problem is not that the Sirius isn't working, but instead it seems the input on the Imprint isn't letting the sound pass thru. :verymad:

JrVtecAccord
06-02-2008, 02:22 PM
I connected the KCE-300BT (bluetooth module) on the weekend. After setting up the INT Mute in the general settings of the menu, I sync'd up my KRZR K1 phone in about 30 seconds. The phone functionality is as good as any OEM setup, with my complete phone book, missed calls and recent calls all coming up with their own menu options.

Placing a call will also pause the iPod, resuming as soon as the call is over.

I can also play back any music stored on the phone via bluetooth.

Overall its a pretty cool piece of hardware, would recommend if anyone has a bluetooth phone.

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Now the only problem is getting the Sirius to work with my Imprint module. Alpine Tech told me my 3 yr old SIR-ALP1 will not work with the PXA-H100, so I bought the two new Sirius Connect modules and connected them up, but they reacted identically to the old module.

The problem is I get nothing but static, however the display is showing the station name, song name and artist on the display. The problem is not that the Sirius isn't working, but instead it seems the input on the Imprint isn't letting the sound pass thru. :verymad:

yEAH, the BT300 works fine, and sound quailty is not bad it the mic is place in a good location.

It worked great with my moto q9c. But with my Blackberry 8320, it won't sync, it says updating forever, I even left it like that for 30 mins. But it still works, just no caller ID info and no address book:(

edy
06-02-2008, 05:59 PM
Are you using the alpine supplied cable, and not the one from Apple? I think I read somewhere that only the Alpine cable will work.

I also just bought a 5th gen iPod, version 1.3, with the latest iTunes and it's working perfectly fine for me. My guess would be that it's a cable problem.


OK Jr, got another one for you.

I just got my iPod and loaded all my music onto it without a hitch. Thing is, when I plug it into the X100, the HU displays, "USB Device Error."

Is this the software version problem I've read about?

My iPod is a 30GB gen 5 unit (late 2006 model) with software version 1.3.

EDIT: I've also imported all of my music into MediaMonkey. Since this original question, I've "restored" my iPod and sync'd it to MediaMonkey. I'm still getting the "USB Device Error" message on my X100.

edy
06-02-2008, 06:05 PM
1) Select all the songs, right click, click on Info, and select "Yes" for the "Compilation" drop down on the bottom left.

2) AAC should be fine, although I don't use it.

3) I also use Amazon and a Google images search for getting album art since Apple doesn't have all bands.

For ripping, you can try using EAC (Exact Audio Copy) and LAME. That'll get you the best quality, at least for MP3s.
I use the extreme preset, which gets me ~240 kbps VBR mp3s. Once a CD is done ripping, it'll put the MP3 encoding in the background, and you can move on to ripping the next CD while the other(s) encode.


I have a few questions for you Apple/iPod experts (JrVtecAccord)...

1. I've tried importing compilation CD's into iTunes and instead of being listed as an album with the album title associated, the individual songs get spread out throughout the library. Is there a way to make iTunes keep this type of CD as a whole album?

2. Can I load lossless AAC files onto the iPod and then play them back through the X100 or is 320kbps the limit no matter what?

3. How come iTunes cannot find album art for some of my more common/mainstream albums, yet it has come through for a few of my older and more obscure albums? Are there other places where I can go online to download album cover art (that will display on the iPod and X100)?

4. I finally got MediaMonkey downloaded onto my laptop but I haven't played with it yet (it looks complicated). If I decide to use MediaMonkey instead of iTunes, does it also transfer cover art to the iPod and X100 just like iTunes? Will MediaMonkey allow me to import compilation CD's and keep them as a single album?

palmfish
06-02-2008, 08:34 PM
Are you using the alpine supplied cable, and not the one from Apple? I think I read somewhere that only the Alpine cable will work.

I also just bought a 5th gen iPod, version 1.3, with the latest iTunes and it's working perfectly fine for me. My guess would be that it's a cable problem.

Are you talking about the KCE-422i "full-speed" cable or is there an Alpine USB cable I don't know about?

edy
06-02-2008, 09:39 PM
palmfish: Your IDA-X100 should have come with a short (maybe 4"?) USB -> dock cable. You plug that in to the other cable (USB male) that goes into the HU, the same one you were using to connect your USB HD. The KCE-422i is a separate cable that's only needed for older (3rd, 4th gen) iPods.

palmfish
06-03-2008, 02:05 PM
palmfish: Your IDA-X100 should have come with a short (maybe 4"?) USB -> dock cable. You plug that in to the other cable (USB male) that goes into the HU, the same one you were using to connect your USB HD. The KCE-422i is a separate cable that's only needed for older (3rd, 4th gen) iPods.

As far as I know, mine didn't come with that shorter cable. I guess I need to call the shop that I purchased my HU from.

Thanks for the tip!

edy
06-03-2008, 03:03 PM
You can see it listed on page 6 of the manual in the list of accessories, right above the Owner's manual bullet point.

palmfish
06-03-2008, 04:55 PM
You can see it listed on page 6 of the manual in the list of accessories, right above the Owner's manual bullet point.

You hit the nail on the head edy. My Alpine iPod cable was in my glovebox (right where the installer left it). My iPod and X100 work perfectly together now.

Thanks!

reid1boys
06-03-2008, 06:17 PM
So what do I need to add XM radio to the Alpine? I am a little confused. Is it just a simple xm receiver that just plugs in to the Alpine?

glukow
06-05-2008, 06:06 PM
I recently installed an iDA-X100 head until and i really like it except for the difficult way they expect you to use presets. At least if the unit would beep when you turn the dial i could tell which preset i'm selecting without looking down at the unit while driving, but even if they included a beep for each selection it still wouldn't be an ideal solution.

What i was hoping to do would be the following. My car does not have a steering wheel control, so i was wondering if it would be possible to build your own steering wheel remote? What i would really like to do is just build a small box with 6 buttons on it that i could then wire up to the alpines steering wheel remote connector and use that box as my easy to access presets.

I don't know if steering wheel remote controls even support presets or if it's possible to build your own. I've done some searching for steering wheel remote emulators but i cant seem to find any information besides the interface boxes people sell to let you connect an existing steering wheel remote up to a head unit.

Does anyone know if its possible to create your own steering wheel remote (not actually on the steering wheel) that could send signals to the head until and allow you to quickly call up different presets? Or does anyone know of another solution to the difficult to use preset buttons? I use Sirius radio a lot and i would like to use up these presets as the stations i listen to are scattered between channel 14 and 144.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Greg

rscott82
06-06-2008, 10:26 AM
I recently installed an iDA-X100 head until and i really like it except for the difficult way they expect you to use presets. At least if the unit would beep when you turn the dial i could tell which preset i'm selecting without looking down at the unit while driving, but even if they included a beep for each selection it still wouldn't be an ideal solution.

What i was hoping to do would be the following. My car does not have a steering wheel control, so i was wondering if it would be possible to build your own steering wheel remote? What i would really like to do is just build a small box with 6 buttons on it that i could then wire up to the alpines steering wheel remote connector and use that box as my easy to access presets.

I don't know if steering wheel remote controls even support presets or if it's possible to build your own. I've done some searching for steering wheel remote emulators but i cant seem to find any information besides the interface boxes people sell to let you connect an existing steering wheel remote up to a head unit.

Does anyone know if its possible to create your own steering wheel remote (not actually on the steering wheel) that could send signals to the head until and allow you to quickly call up different presets? Or does anyone know of another solution to the difficult to use preset buttons? I use Sirius radio a lot and i would like to use up these presets as the stations i listen to are scattered between channel 14 and 144.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Greg

I put a iDA-X100 in my boat with the RF remote control that connects to the steering wheel port on the HU. It works okay but you cannot select preset stations. It will only scan.

USCFAN
06-10-2008, 08:42 PM
I recently installed an iDA-X100 head until and i really like it except for the difficult way they expect you to use presets. At least if the unit would beep when you turn the dial i could tell which preset i'm selecting without looking down at the unit while driving, but even if they included a beep for each selection it still wouldn't be an ideal solution.

What i was hoping to do would be the following. My car does not have a steering wheel control, so i was wondering if it would be possible to build your own steering wheel remote? What i would really like to do is just build a small box with 6 buttons on it that i could then wire up to the alpines steering wheel remote connector and use that box as my easy to access presets.

I don't know if steering wheel remote controls even support presets or if it's possible to build your own. I've done some searching for steering wheel remote emulators but i cant seem to find any information besides the interface boxes people sell to let you connect an existing steering wheel remote up to a head unit.

Does anyone know if its possible to create your own steering wheel remote (not actually on the steering wheel) that could send signals to the head until and allow you to quickly call up different presets? Or does anyone know of another solution to the difficult to use preset buttons? I use Sirius radio a lot and i would like to use up these presets as the stations i listen to are scattered between channel 14 and 144.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Greg

Hello

Do the sirius presets work the same as the radio presets? The standard alpine remote [RUE-4202] does the preset changing just by pressing up/down. You would still have to scroll through them but you wouldn't have to look at the radio.

Hope that helps.

USCFAN
06-10-2008, 08:45 PM
So what do I need to add XM radio to the Alpine? I am a little confused. Is it just a simple xm receiver that just plugs in to the Alpine?

You would need the "XM Direct 2 Alpine Car Kit" or if you have xm radio already then you would just need the "XM Direct 2 Alpine Adapter Cable"

Both just plug into the alpine deck and you would control everything from there.

rocko76
06-12-2008, 11:26 AM
Perhaps I'm just dense, but I'm having trouble getting a user background to show up properly. First, I tried to use some custom .APN files I found at http://www.pride-rock.com/forum/apnlist.php, copying them to a 2GB USB key. Following the manual, I first selected BGV Type to "User", and then went to BGV Download. The .APN files were displayed, and when hitting the "Ent" button after selecting one, a bar that appeared to say "Downloading" or similar flashed on the screen for a split second. However, once backing out through the menus, the background was completely blank (black).

I tried this, selecting several of the different .APN files on the key, with the same results. I figured that perhaps the .APN files I found weren't valid, after all, so I downloaded some of the official ones from Alpine's site. Same results.

Am I missing something obvious here? The BGV Download part seems to be the suspicious link - it isn't really obvious whether or not it is completed, as the "Download" bar only briefly flashes on the screen (such that I needed to do it a bunch of times to even make out that is what it says) and doesn't even appear to do that consistently.

USCFAN
06-12-2008, 10:07 PM
this first files will not work on our decks.

I would reformat the usb stick and place only the official files for the ida-x100 on it. Then try to do some custom files

rocko76
06-13-2008, 09:29 AM
this first files will not work on our decks.

I would reformat the usb stick and place only the official files for the ida-x100 on it. Then try to do some custom files

Thanks, unfortunately, still no go :(. I tried reformatting as both FAT and FAT32 downloading various official images, same results. For those who have gotten this to work successfully, what exactly is supposed to happen after hitting Ent in the BVG Download? As mentioned, I select a file, hit Ent and sometimes what appears to say "Downloading" flashes by extremely quickly. but more often than not, I just get a beep with the file still highlighted. Actually, the beep itself is different than what I get when selecting other options, it is a lower pitch.

Oh, forgot to mention, I actually have the x001, not the x100.

Kai Winters
06-13-2008, 09:49 AM
When you hit "download" is downloads and becomes the wallpaper displayed.
Here is a link to the Pride Rock Labs site where you can get much info on creating/installing APN files.
I know you have this link, but what the hell...The APN images on the site do not work on the x001...as they still say at the top of the "APN Wallpaper" page.

http://www.pride-rock.com/forum/index.php

You need the APN converter to convert the RAW image to an APN image.
You also need Infraview and its plugins.

Here is how its done:

Creat a folder in the "C" directory. Name the folder tools. Within that folder create a folder and name it x001.

Extract the converter .exe and .dll files to c:\tools\x001.

Convert the image to RAW format and exactly 320x240 using the infraview program and save the image to c:\tools\x001.

Click on Start...Run and type cd c:\tools\x001 in the command prompt window and hit enter to move to that folder.

Type xndconverter.exe "nameoffile".raw and hit enter.
________________

If all is done correctly you will get a message stating so. Open the c:\tools\x001 folder and save the image to a usb thumb/flash drive and you are good to go. If you get an error message recheck everything, especially the name of the file and try again.

I find that you need to use a usb stick with nothing else on it but the APN files. I also notice that fewer files, less than 9 or 10 I think, on the usb drive the better. When you plug in the usb drive it will show no files on the display screen, don't worry about it...it is looking for audio files. Go to the wallpaper download and just do it.
Good luck and let us know how you make out.
You can't view the APN files on your computer in APN format.
I save both the RAW and APN image to a folder on my hard drive along with these instructions, the converter software and Infraview program for easy access and future use.

rocko76
06-13-2008, 01:19 PM
Thanks - yeah, the piece I was missing was the "does not work with the x001" part - I feel somewhat retarded now. I suspect I'll see similar warnings on alpine's site, or at least some place to select your HU. Looks like the ones there are higher res than that of the x001 (and presumable the x100?) - I guess for the DVD/NAV units?

Anywho, just grabbed the jpeg's from the backgrounds at pride rock I was interested in, resized and converted, and everything it working mostly OK. I say "mostly" because I run with red illumination, and the bar that shows the date is still blue when using the user image, but it is black when I used the built-in red background. In general, kinda annoying that all the other background screens are still blue (startup screen, settings, etc.) even when you are using red illumination. Which, of course, kinda stinks anyway, as it doesn't seem as bright as blue and the button material has a blue tint. Unfortunately, the rest of the instrument panel on this car is red, so sorta stuck with that.

Kai Winters
06-13-2008, 01:54 PM
Don't feel retarded Rocko76. I did one even goofier.
I kept getting an error message when trying to convert the apn files. Was driving me crazazy...did not know what I was doing wrong........untilllllllllllllllll I carefully reread the instructions and looking over my work. I find instead of using the file name I was actually typing "nameoffile.exe" DUH!!! or what? LOL. Worked great once I typed the actual name of the file I was trying to convert LOL.
Good luck and enjoy.

Good Soul
06-15-2008, 08:24 PM
Will the x100 play album art from a usb stick or hard drive?
cheers

XXVANN
06-15-2008, 08:46 PM
Will the x100 play album art from a usb stick or hard drive?
cheers

Mine only started to show album art when I used an iPod. Otherwise no art from HDD or USB stick.

--------------

On another related note, I got the KTX-H100 (http://www.alpine-usa.com/US-en/products/product_acc.php?model=KTX-H100) last week and finally got around to calibrating the X100/PXA-H100 combo on Saturday. The difference was significant. Much fuller sound at all volumes, more balanced time correction and more volume it would seem.

When you go into the advanced audio control screen all of the controls are now gone aside from Subwoofer On/Off, and Subwoofer System (1 or 2).

The only question is how can I change between the 2 programs that I uploaded (I used Reference and Linear).

Kai Winters
06-16-2008, 05:50 AM
Unfortunately no album art using a usb or hdd as Good Soul says.

Good Soul
06-16-2008, 01:30 PM
Unfortunately no album art using a usb or hdd as Good Soul says.


Mmmmm...
I'm using a Kenwood kdc-w534ug at the minute with a 40gig 2.5" hd but i fancy something a bit more modern. Is it worth my while upgrading?

andysmith262
06-24-2008, 01:07 PM
Hi. Can anyone help me with this problem. I’ve been tearing my hair out for days now!!

I bought a 16gb usb stick to play music on my ida-x100. It worked fine at first but I formatted it due to some corrupt files that I could not delete. I formatted it FAT32 and now it is no longer recognised by the head unit. It works fine in a laptop and PS3. But he message “no usb device” is displayed. Other usb stcks work fine in the head unit.

I have been told that I may have deleted some embedded software on the stick that is required for it to work on the head unit, and that this software is usually only on higher memory usb sticks?? Or that the voltage required by 8gb and 16gb sticks is higher than smaller ones, but if this was the case it wouldn’t have worked initially.

Any help appreciated, cheers.

Good Soul
06-24-2008, 08:20 PM
Hi. Can anyone help me with this problem. I’ve been tearing my hair out for days now!!

I bought a 16gb usb stick to play music on my ida-x100. It worked fine at first but I formatted it due to some corrupt files that I could not delete. I formatted it FAT32 and now it is no longer recognised by the head unit. It works fine in a laptop and PS3. But he message “no usb device” is displayed. Other usb stcks work fine in the head unit.

I have been told that I may have deleted some embedded software on the stick that is required for it to work on the head unit, and that this software is usually only on higher memory usb sticks?? Or that the voltage required by 8gb and 16gb sticks is higher than smaller ones, but if this was the case it wouldn’t have worked initially.

Any help appreciated, cheers.


Try and convert the stick to NTFS then back to Fat32 using Partition Magic. It would not load up my HD at first but that fixed it.

Anyroad....Does anybody know why my "random mix mode" only plays songs from the first 4 albums? I'm using an external HD by the way and i've tried Drivesort but still it does it!

Cheers

XXVANN
06-24-2008, 11:07 PM
Anyroad....Does anybody know why my "random mix mode" only plays songs from the first 4 albums? I'm using an external HD by the way and i've tried Drivesort but still it does it!

Cheers

I was told by Alpine tech support that there is a real limit (10,000 songs) that the x100 can handle via hard drive. I had the identical problem with my 250GB drive, which is why I switched to a 160GB iPod. No problems since.

RoachForLife
06-25-2008, 09:26 AM
hopefully not too off topic but Im in the market for the x100 however I wanted to see if there is any word of the next version of the x100 in the near future. I realize it came out like Jan or whatnot but if I can wait two months and get the x101 (or whatever) it might be worthwhile. Otherwise Im buying this badboy tomorrow =P

Thanks

edy
06-25-2008, 01:40 PM
The earliest you'd probably see a replacement for it is next March. They usually announce them at CES, which happens in January.

RoachForLife
06-26-2008, 04:33 AM
oh ok, then ill go ahead and order. $280ish is the best im finding (ebay store). Sound about right?

rscott82
06-27-2008, 05:48 PM
oh ok, then ill go ahead and order. $280ish is the best im finding (ebay store). Sound about right?

I got mine from onlinecarstereo.com for $289 with free shipping. They have a good reputation. You may have problems returning defective equipment from eBay stores. Just my opinion.

IvoryRing
07-07-2008, 06:18 PM
Now the only problem is getting the Sirius to work with my Imprint module. Alpine Tech told me my 3 yr old SIR-ALP1 will not work with the PXA-H100, so I bought the two new Sirius Connect modules and connected them up, but they reacted identically to the old module.

The problem is I get nothing but static, however the display is showing the station name, song name and artist on the display. The problem is not that the Sirius isn't working, but instead it seems the input on the Imprint isn't letting the sound pass thru. :verymad:

I don't know if you got this resolved XXVANN, nor do I know for sure that this is accurate... however from looking at the Owner manual (pg 44-en on the PDF) it looks like you need to flip the switch on the bottom of the HU in order to reverse the RCAs from 'out' to 'in' when you wire up the PXA-H100.

XXVANN
07-07-2008, 06:25 PM
I don't know if you got this resolved XXVANN, nor do I know for sure that this is accurate... however from looking at the Owner manual (pg 44-en on the PDF) it looks like you need to flip the switch on the bottom of the HU in order to reverse the RCAs from 'out' to 'in' when you wire up the PXA-H100.

Thanks, I did get it to work after swapping the Imprint module for the Sirius unit in the AI-NET path. I had it wired thusly:

x100 <--> PXA-H100 <--> SIR-ALP1

It should be wired thusly:

x100 <--> SIR-ALP1 <--> PXA-H100

IvoryRing
07-08-2008, 10:49 AM
Anyone with Sirius module & a steering wheel wired remote (I'm thinking something like the PAC SWI-JACK) - is it possible to cycle through Sirius presets with buttons on the steering wheel? I really want the x100 for the display, but I'm really having a hard time with the idea of presets requiring visual attention and multiple button presses to select.

RoachForLife
07-08-2008, 10:11 PM
what sort of differences could I expect from the imprint unit? Thanks

XXVANN
07-09-2008, 08:35 AM
what sort of differences could I expect from the imprint unit? Thanks

Check my thread here:

http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=307942

gooseman187
07-12-2008, 01:34 PM
To JRVtecaccord:

How is your x100 wired so that you still have nav? Is the nav integrated with unit? Where are you receiving power from?

mackin
07-12-2008, 08:40 PM
Quick question about the X001. does it work with the newest generation ipods? My 2nd gen nano just got filled up so i'm in the market for a new ipod i just want to make sure the new ones work with it.

Thanks!

IvoryRing
07-14-2008, 10:37 AM
As a followup to my own question... the X100 with the PAC SWI-JACK does work to switch to 'next/prev preset' via steering wheel controls in both regular and Sirius Radio modes. It isn't 'perfect' for me (have to kind of hold the swc button down a bit, it isn't an instant press), but it works well enough. It is annoying that the Sirius presets don't show the channel number or anything other than 'Preset-1', 'Preset-2' when assigning them.

mackin
07-15-2008, 01:20 AM
Quick question about the X001. does it work with the newest generation ipods? My 2nd gen nano just got filled up so i'm in the market for a new ipod i just want to make sure the new ones work with it.

Thanks!

anyone have an answer to this? :crap:

avinar
07-15-2008, 11:16 AM
I,m realy intersted to know that what would be the next generation of CDA-9887? What would be it's features?!

JrVtecAccord
07-16-2008, 11:38 AM
To JRVtecaccord:

How is your x100 wired so that you still have nav? Is the nav integrated with unit? Where are you receiving power from?

The navi is OEM.

I used the metra connector for recieve power to the HU. I will be removing that connector though, it disables my voice prompts from the navi. It's been too hot for me to work on it though:)

Kai Winters
08-09-2008, 07:01 AM
lol wonder how long this lasts.

joshcomley
08-11-2008, 11:39 PM
No more faffing around with IRFANVIEW and APNCONVERTER.exe!!!

If anyone is interested you no longer have to mess around with converting images to RAW at the right dimensions and then doing a command line op to convert your images for the Alpine players, check this out:

http://www.riotcreative.co.uk/tools/AlpineConverter.aspx

It's free, it's all online and it just converts the image, jpeg, png whatever and gives it back to you as a download. You don't even have to make sure the file is the right dimensions, it'll resize it for you and stretch it if need be.

It even has a cool preview so you can see what your pic will look like on the player!!

It is so much easier than the old way. I think the backdrop thing is cool, and I wouldn't mind changing it quite often - this just makes it a 2 second process, especially with the preview.

Lovin' it.

RoachForLife
08-12-2008, 04:14 PM
on the x100, anyway to change the font size of the ipod stuff on the screen? The font is crazy big. :)

buggsson
08-13-2008, 08:07 PM
For you that have had problems with playing from USB devices, the unit must comply with the "USB mass storage device class" or something similar to work, if that might be the problem?

Speaking of uncompressed, I do believe that the HUs will also play WMA (which I think is uncompressed) alongside AAC. And for you who dislike the Fruit company's products, there must be stand alone converters that work to your satisfaction???

Was the 10,000 song limitation only for playback from HDs? Anyway, I have close to 170 GB worth of songs (AAC) on my HD and I am very far from even reaching half of the limit. What about banking? As I understood the manual, it banks as a default, that is, divide the songs up into 10 blocks of 1000 songs each, is that correct, or do have to select that feature? (I've only looked into the iXA-200 manual).

Ali1
08-13-2008, 09:37 PM
No more faffing around with IRFANVIEW and APNCONVERTER.exe!!!

If anyone is interested you no longer have to mess around with converting images to RAW at the right dimensions and then doing a command line op to convert your images for the Alpine players, check this out:

http://www.riotcreative.co.uk/tools/AlpineConverter.aspx

It's free, it's all online and it just converts the image, jpeg, png whatever and gives it back to you as a download. You don't even have to make sure the file is the right dimensions, it'll resize it for you and stretch it if need be.

It even has a cool preview so you can see what your pic will look like on the player!!

It is so much easier than the old way. I think the backdrop thing is cool, and I wouldn't mind changing it quite often - this just makes it a 2 second process, especially with the preview.

Lovin' it.

nice tool, but it doesnt seem to be working. It will not download the picture. Also, it does not always work when you click "upload".

Anyone else having this similar issue?

buggsson
08-17-2008, 07:08 PM
So, those of you that have the iDA-X___ (especially iDA-X200) together with Imprint (if any) are you happy with it? Anyone care to elaborate a bit about the time correction facility, the parametric eq, active filters, in the way of handling and perceived quality of the implementation of the facility? It's on top of my list.

What would your advice to a non-experienced be, regarding installation, not setting it up? Is it complicated to install the unit/s?

vktalbot
08-18-2008, 06:15 PM
When I first got my x100 I remember nagivating to the Alpine i-Personalize website and seeing text that suggested you could update firmware by placing the firmware file in a USB flash drive and connecting it to the unit.

That has since since been removed and all you see at the i-Personalize site is wallpaper stuff.

Maybe I'm not remembering that right, so does anyone know if that's possible? As new iPods and iPhone's come out, you'd think there would be a way to update the firmware to get them to work.

RoachForLife
08-18-2008, 06:36 PM
A few questions on X100:

-Can the font size be changed?
-Can the firmware be updated (see post above)
-Any better way to search the ipod? I found that you can press the outer ring of the turn dial in and then turn and it skips from A to B to C, etc which is nice but still rather slow with 8000+ mp3s.
-On the radio, any easier way to switch between presets? Hitting the preset button, then turning knob and clicking in is only a few clicks but **** its annoying. Id like just a cycle button to go preset 1 to 2 to 3, etc for easy jumping around.
-When I click the time button it goes to the album art, can this function be removed? Would rather not ever see that as its already on the main interface and just an extra step to check the time

Thanks guys!

Ali1
08-18-2008, 06:46 PM
I'd like to know if the album art dissapears so i can see my background without the album in the middle of the screen. As for presets, there is no way around it. The head unit was made speifically for ipods, so it was targetting young individuals who rely on ipods as their main source, so radio was a step behind.

KevZ
08-20-2008, 01:07 AM
hiiii new here hehe and just bought the x100

anyway dunno if u guys have this problem. i use a 8gb usb stick, when i set to random play, it only randoms a few folders instead of all of them.

any way to solve this problem? thx

jpatricks1
08-23-2008, 06:16 PM
Anyone here from the Philippines? I'd like to know where you got your x100...I'm dying to buy one!

Aaron K.
08-29-2008, 12:15 AM
hiiii new here hehe and just bought the x100

anyway dunno if u guys have this problem. i use a 8gb usb stick, when i set to random play, it only randoms a few folders instead of all of them.

any way to solve this problem? thx

I'm looking into getting one of these decks and am curious about this too. Maybe setting up a playlist could be a work around? Can the x100 play playlists through a USB or external HD? If I played a playlist with all my mp3s on it on random, would it play only the first few artists or all of them?

alex5857
08-29-2008, 03:07 PM
is there gonna be a new lineup of these coming out in early 09?

buggsson
08-30-2008, 04:32 PM
I'm looking into getting one of these decks and am curious about this too. Maybe setting up a playlist could be a work around? Can the x100 play playlists through a USB or external HD? If I played a playlist with all my mp3s on it on random, would it play only the first few artists or all of them?

It's all in the manual, how to set up the USB devices. My memory is made of "non-stick" these days, so I can't recall what is said, but it's quite straight forward.

12VoltInstaller
10-24-2008, 02:03 AM
A few questions:

First, what size album art will show up the best on the 2.2" screen?

I have an Itouch. I downloaded a bunch of artwork for it last night. I have found a few albums that either didnt accept the artwork, or when selected as the primary album in folder view, it blacks out the image untill I roll to one to its left or right, then it shows the album art to the left or right of the main center image. Does that make sense?

I plugged my Itouch into my iDAX-100 and lots of the album art seemed to be very pixelated or fuzzy. Which size of album art is recommended for this to be large and clear? Also there were a few albums art that would not display on the IDAX screen but will on the itouch. Any suggestions?

Also, is their going to be a way in the future to input full motion video into this 2.2"TFT Screen?

Has anyone modified another 2.2 or an EX-10 as an auxiliary screen mounted in a different location? Basically as a 2nd display of the IDAX already in the dash? Maybe in the Rear View Mirror or etc....

Any cool hacks or Cool mods please post or offer follow me links to their location!

This is a pretty cool deck and set up, Im just getting started with using and integrating it and its features. So far have the 3 pc setup, iDAX-100, KTX-H100, PXA-H100, a changer, full speed cable, and creative ideas for a docking location for the itouch via usb.

Lots of good suggestions and Ideas are very welcome!!!

Thanks!:cool:

Any advanced Tutorials available?

zubee
10-24-2008, 04:47 AM
i will be picking up the new iDA-X100 to replace my aging alpine system commander[CTA-1505], so I will try to keep the thread update as new info is found out.

Kai Winters
10-27-2008, 08:51 AM
http://www.ilounge.com/
Here is a link to a site that should answer all your album art questions.
I have the x001 and it displays my album art just fine. The album art covers approx. 75&#37; of the screen when in full display mode. When there is no album art the display shows a generic Alpine scene.

Some album art will not show/work on ipod. According to their customer service person I spoke to, I have the ipod nano 4g, it depends on the file content type or something like that. My cd's all display album art just fine but the songs I previously purchased from Real Player will not display album art on the ipod or my hu. On my ipod the display, cover flow, etc., shows a music note.

You can get album art from Amazon.com. Display the music/cd you want the cover art and click on "larger image". Save it to a folder on your computer. Right click on the song, you can have individual art work for seperate songs or the album/cd, click on "get info" click on "artwork" and add the album art via the browser window for individual songs and copy/paste for a album/cd or compilation. You can use any jpeg, not just album art, to customize your music with your own flair.

Your pixelating and fuzzy problems are probably due to the size of the album art you are working with. It may be too small and the hu is displaying a larger image that is of poor quality. I doubt it is the hu. Mine displays the ablum art just fine.

Good luck and keep us informed.


new thread in ipod forum that may be helpful:
http://forums.ilounge.com/showthread.php?t=238631

liljojo4711
10-28-2008, 02:14 PM
can u hook up any crossover/eq to the x100 or does it only work with the imprint unit

liljojo4711
10-28-2008, 02:29 PM
palmfish: Your IDA-X100 should have come with a short (maybe 4"?) USB -> dock cable. You plug that in to the other cable (USB male) that goes into the HU, the same one you were using to connect your USB HD. The KCE-422i is a separate cable that's only needed for older (3rd, 4th gen) iPods.

i thought that the kce-422i was so that u could use the hu to control the ipod? i have that same ipod (30gb, 1.3 software version) as palmfish has. does this mean that i wasted $20 on this cable because it wont work with my ipod?

nastynate4687
11-10-2008, 01:27 AM
Hi All,

I just bought the x100, and I'm really happy with it.

But, the only thing that I can't get to work right is the M.I.X. play. It only randomly plays songs from the first 5 or so folders on my USB stick.

I got a a 32 gb USB stick, and I loaded some folders onto it, then I went for a drive. When I came back, I loaded some more folders on. Only the first batch of folders are set for the MIX. The rest of the folders have to be played manually, and aren't included in the MIX.

Then I came on here and heard about the DriveSort. Sorting by Long or Short names doesn't change anything.

I have less than 100 folders so that isn't the problem either.

Does anyone know what to do?

Thanks a lot guys,
~Nate

whjeffs
11-17-2008, 06:47 AM
I have a strange problem with my new iDA-X100 head unit. Basically it does not respond to steering wheel control inputs when the display is dimmed with the headlights turned on. I have the PAC SWI-JACK interface connecting the steering wheel controls in my 2004 BMW 330Ci. Everything works properly with the headlights turned off. Also, if I disable the dimmer feature in the headunit so the display stays lit bright when the headlights are turned on then the steering wheel controls work fine.
Can someone who has this head unit & is also using the SWI-JACK interface & has the dimmer lead of the head unit connected please check this to see if yours does the same thing? I'm not sure if I have a defective head unit or if it's a design problem where all the head units do this. I can't think of anything else that would cause this kind of behavior other than something in the head unit. I'll probably call Alpine's tech support line but I'd like to hear from some other people first.

Thanks,
Jeff

Drunkship
11-17-2008, 09:03 AM
So I've been thinking about getting a iDA-X200 for my car. The car came with crappy JVC 6.5"s up front and Sony Xplod 6x9"s in the back and since I am broke, those will have to do for now.

I've always been a Pioneer fanboy, but the new iDA-X series has peaked my interest. The CD player I end up buying has to have good USB features (I want to use an external HDD or thumb drive for everything). I was thinking about getting a 160GB USB 2.0 Western Digital My Passport Essential (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136246) and mounting it in the globe box. Would this work well with the X200? It's a pretty big leap to ditch CDs all together and I want to make sure everything functions pretty good.

Anything else I should know about?

buggsson
11-17-2008, 05:45 PM
So I've been thinking about getting a iDA-X200 for my car. The car came with crappy JVC 6.5"s up front and Sony Xplod 6x9"s in the back and since I am broke, those will have to do for now.

I've always been a Pioneer fanboy, but the new iDA-X series has peaked my interest. The CD player I end up buying has to have good USB features (I want to use an external HDD or thumb drive for everything). I was thinking about getting a 160GB USB 2.0 Western Digital My Passport Essential (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136246) and mounting it in the globe box. Would this work well with the X200? It's a pretty big leap to ditch CDs all together and I want to make sure everything functions pretty good.

Anything else I should know about?

there will be a maximum number of files you can play
there has to be a certain order in your folder/file hiarchy
you will not be able to play lossless or uncompressed file formats with retained quality
there might be power issues, but those are resolved by cheap adapter if they pop up

Drunkship
11-17-2008, 11:30 PM
Thanks. What's the maximum number of files? All my songs are sorted. The songs are all in ##. Artist - Title format inside an album folder which is inside the artist folder. Most of my music files are 192 - 320kbps mp3s so I'm not too worried about that. What is this adaptor?

iApex
12-06-2008, 09:45 PM
Can someone explain how to put the custom BG on the X-100 I seen UFAN'S post BUT most of the links are either dead or not helpful.

lvjeffro
12-06-2008, 10:14 PM
Can someone explain how to put the custom BG on the X-100 I seen UFAN'S post BUT most of the links are either dead or not helpful.

go to here;

http://www.riotcreative.co.uk/tools/AlpineConverter.aspx

take whatever picture you want off your HDD and this tool will size it convert it to APN and even show you what it will look like on the HU...I have made 11 APN's with this for my X-100 and they all work perfectly...

One thing though, when you hit the download button it will go to a wrong page, so once you get to that page then hit the go back arrow on your comp and it will come up with a screen that says " webpage has expired" once there hit refresh and it will take you back to the correct page, then hit download again, it will have an area to fill out info and description of pic and hit the download button again and save it to your hdd...

make sure you put something descriptive in the pic title or you won't know which background...

Also you can go to;

http://www.pride-rock.com/forum/apnlist.php?mode=joined&order=DESC&start=1200

and all those pics are already made into APN's but none of them would work for me...You might have better luck with them but I did steal some of the pics off that site and converted them with the APN tool...GL and if you need any more help PM me...

iApex
12-06-2008, 10:36 PM
go to here;

http://www.riotcreative.co.uk/tools/AlpineConverter.aspx

take whatever picture you want off your HDD and this tool will size it convert it to APN and even show you what it will look like on the HU...I have made 11 APN's with this for my X-100 and they all work perfectly...

One thing though, when you hit the download button it will go to a wrong page, so once you get to that page then hit the go back arrow on your comp and it will come up with a screen that says " webpage has expired" once there hit refresh and it will take you back to the correct page, then hit download again, it will have an area to fill out info and description of pic and hit the download button again and save it to your hdd...

make sure you put something descriptive in the pic title or you won't know which background...

Also you can go to;

http://www.pride-rock.com/forum/apnlist.php?mode=joined&order=DESC&start=1200

and all those pics are already made into APN's but none of them would work for me...You might have better luck with them but I did steal some of the pics off that site and converted them with the APN tool...GL and if you need any more help PM me...

Thanks for the fast responce. I was actually just on that pride rock site before I seen this and They don't work for me either. But thanks for the other information. Ill let you know if it all goes accordingly. Ill just edit this post in like 10 mins or so.

lvjeffro
12-06-2008, 10:53 PM
Cool, let me know how it works out for ya...

iApex
12-06-2008, 11:34 PM
worked out perfect. Thank you so much!

lvjeffro
12-06-2008, 11:51 PM
no problems man, glad it worked for you...I was jazzed when i found that converter tool on pride rocks site, it said it was for ida-x001 but figured i would check it out and on riots site said it was for x-100 as well so I tried it and was like f ucking bad a ss

Dak446
12-08-2008, 03:36 AM
so i haven't bothered to look through all of the pages to this thread, so my question may have been answered before, but i was wondering your guys' opinions about whether or not i should buy this hu or the cda9887? thanks

liljojo4711
12-08-2008, 10:50 AM
ive had my x100 for 2 months and love it

mkriss5681
12-10-2008, 01:56 PM
Has anyone here seen this problem before:

http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?p=5546981#post5546981

My Apline x100 is having issues displaying Sirius categories

TookayS2K
12-11-2008, 12:33 AM
Will window based smart phones work with this HU?

lvjeffro
12-11-2008, 12:38 AM
If it has bluetooth It should... It depends on if you have the BT300 or if you have the BT350 module because alot more phones should work with the newer BT350 as they fixed some of the problems they had with the BT300...GL

TookayS2K
12-11-2008, 12:45 AM
My phone has bluetooth but I wasn't planning on buying a bluetooth unit.

A usb cable from my phone to the HU wouldnt work?


Also, are you guys grounding your ida through the harness or manually to the car? Usually, I just ground my decks through the harness but this time the ground for my x100 has a thicker gauge... so I'm thinking twice about it..

TookayS2K
12-11-2008, 02:50 PM
anybody know? I have everything wired and soldered... Just need to verify which ground source is better!

lvjeffro
12-11-2008, 08:34 PM
My phone has bluetooth but I wasn't planning on buying a bluetooth unit.

A usb cable from my phone to the HU wouldnt work?

NO....

Also, are you guys grounding your ida through the harness or manually to the car? Usually, I just ground my decks through the harness but this time the ground for my x100 has a thicker gauge... so I'm thinking twice about it..

grounded through the harness...

TookayS2K
12-11-2008, 08:57 PM
grounded through the harness...

thanks.. but I already did it. I couldn't wait any long for a response :)..

but i do have a problem. I really don't get a good radio signal from my favorite station.. It sometimes comes in and out. With my pioneer, it was perfect... :mad:

TookayS2K
12-12-2008, 08:50 PM
Will window based smart phones work with this HU?
To answer my own question:

Does not work with my HTC Mogul. There is even a setting on my phone so I can set my phone to read as "mass storage device" when the USB is plugged in...

The x100 still read - "no usb device.."

JrVtecAccord
12-13-2008, 11:58 AM
My phone has bluetooth but I wasn't planning on buying a bluetooth unit.

A usb cable from my phone to the HU wouldnt work?


Also, are you guys grounding your ida through the harness or manually to the car? Usually, I just ground my decks through the harness but this time the ground for my x100 has a thicker gauge... so I'm thinking twice about it..

No, It will not work. You need the bluetooth module to use phone functions on your X100.


thanks.. but I already did it. I couldn't wait any long for a response :)..

but i do have a problem. I really don't get a good radio signal from my favorite station.. It sometimes comes in and out. With my pioneer, it was perfect... :mad:

I noticed that as well, radio signals are weaker than OEM HU, especially AM.


To answer my own question:

Does not work with my HTC Mogul. There is even a setting on my phone so I can set my phone to read as "mass storage device" when the USB is plugged in...

The x100 still read - "no usb device.."

It might have something to do with the format (FAT32) the X100 recommends.


To get the best use of this HU i highly recommend:

A 5.5 gen or higher iPOD wired via USB

&

the bluetooth module.

TookayS2K
12-13-2008, 12:43 PM
Thanks for the reply jrvtecaccord.

I'm just wanting to use my phone as a mp3 player since. I'm going to try to reformat my memory card in the phone to fat32 and see how that works. I'm trying to research on this. I read on the windows based forums there is a way to connect the phone for media purposes.

Dak446
12-22-2008, 10:53 PM
umm ok i got a question. how does the xm work in this? can it handle it well or no? also, what do you have to do to set it up. my brother is getting rid of his ****** dual hu and he has the xm box that i could get form him, will it work with the x100 or no?

Steveopevo
12-23-2008, 12:17 AM
I saw these at CES. I specifically went to the Alpine booth for these units. The difference between the 100 and 200 isn't that big feature wise but the screens are completely different so the 100 would be better.

I was still disappointed that Alpine makes you hook up another unit to get EQ. It means the signal gets processed twice. This was confirmed by the rep at the booth. Also the pre-amp out is still on 2V. He made a big deal that 2V was fine. When I asked why the 9887 has 4V he said it was just to appease the audio heads and it didn't make any difference. When I mentioned all the EQ features of the 9887 he said their market research showed people only play with bass and treble. That may be on low end models but not on the high end.

I was pretty disappointed in the few changes from last year to this year. The main feature is pushing the large click wheel selects the track. Wow. A whole year just for that.

As much of a let down as these are there's still nothing to complete with them with ease of use with an iPod and these use a Burr Brown instead of the iPod internal DAC which is nice.

I called alpine the other day about their EQ's and they fed me the same crap about most people only wanting bass and treble and I wanted to slap him through the phone. and if they don't think that 4 volt preouts are better than 2 volt then they are smoking crack. kenwood is using bit wolfson dac's in their excelons now and from what I understand they are better than burr brown. don't know if it makes any real difference though.

Dak446
12-23-2008, 12:24 AM
umm ok i got a question. how does the xm work in this? can it handle it well or no? also, what do you have to do to set it up. my brother is getting rid of his ****** dual hu and he has the xm box that i could get form him, will it work with the x100 or no?
anyone?:confused:

buggsson
12-23-2008, 06:17 PM
To get the best use of this HU i highly recommend:

A 5.5 gen or higher iPOD wired via USB

&

the bluetooth module.


Why would one want to use the USB connection??? Only the "fast speed?" cable connection will let you play the highest qualtiy music files, through the iPod DAC that is.

JrVtecAccord
12-23-2008, 06:36 PM
Why would one want to use the USB connection??? Only the "fast speed?" cable connection will let you play the highest qualtiy music files, through the iPod DAC that is.

From my knowledge, the "fast speed" cable is for older iPods that can't be accessed via USB.

With the USB cable and 5.5 gen iPod or newer you can view album art and videos from the iPod.

buggsson
12-24-2008, 05:44 PM
From my knowledge, the "fast speed" cable is for older iPods that can't be accessed via USB.

With the USB cable and 5.5 gen iPod or newer you can view album art and videos from the iPod.

The cable is the Full speed cable, not the "Fast speed" cable KCE-422i. To be able to play uncompressed, or lossless music files from an iPod, this is the cable needed.

Maz1
12-25-2008, 02:00 AM
The cable is the Full speed cable, not the "Fast speed" cable KCE-422i. To be able to play uncompressed, or lossless music files from an iPod, this is the cable needed.

The full speed cable, the KCE-422i, according to Alpine is to allow for more compatibility with older model iPods.

I am having a problem with the X100 and 4 different iPods giving me the "USB Device Error". I have tried 2 2G Nanos, 1 1st Gen iPhone 8GB and my 160GB classic. The first time I used my classic using the USB cable I had no problems, once I arrived at my destination I just turned off my car and when I returned is when I first got the error. After that I tried it with the other devices.

I called Alpines tech support numerous times and was advised to do a hard reset on my iPod, no change. Reset the HU with the iPod attached, again no change. They then asked me to ensure that the usb cable is the one provided by Alpine. When I told them I am certain that it is the correct cable because I was in the shop when the HU was being installed, he told me I'll have to have my HU sent to them to check the unit. That is unacceptable that I will be without a HU for some weeks while they fix their mistake.

Could someone please give me some advise about what I can do to fix this on my own?

Because even though Alpine has a 30 money back guarantee, according to the tech support guy, my dealer refuses to honor it saying he bought it from a distributer and is unable to return it himself. I've done a lot of business with this guy over the years and have alway had good results.

TIA

shadowfactory
12-25-2008, 05:11 AM
The cable is the Full speed cable, not the "Fast speed" cable KCE-422i. To be able to play uncompressed, or lossless music files from an iPod, this is the cable needed.

I was under the impression that's what the USB cable was for with the newest iPods...
I can play lossless from my iPod touch just fine with it.

shadowfactory
12-25-2008, 05:12 AM
Why would one want to use the USB connection??? Only the "fast speed?" cable connection will let you play the highest qualtiy music files, through the iPod DAC that is.

Yeah so it goes through the iPod DAC then the DAC in the deck? How is getting converted twice higher quality?

buggsson
12-25-2008, 08:10 PM
Yeah so it goes through the iPod DAC then the DAC in the deck? How is getting converted twice higher quality?

I've no idea how that works, but I would guess you do not use the HUs DACs because the signal from the iPod allready is analog. The higher quality, is what I meant with that with the full speed connection you can play uncompressed and lossless files from you iPod.

I've been in contact with the swedish distributor for Alpine, a reputably very knowledgable guy. He told me that if I want to play uncompressed or lossless files, that is not supported by the iDA-X100 unit itself, I have to use the full speed connection. With the USB cable, you are only able to play the formats supported by the iDA-X100, and there is no support for uncompressed or lossless in the HU itself. I've just gone back and had a look in the manual for the USB connection, it's just mp3, WMA and AAC support.

shadowfactory
12-26-2008, 01:57 AM
I've been in contact with the swedish distributor for Alpine, a reputably very knowledgable guy. He told me that if I want to play uncompressed or lossless files, that is not supported by the iDA-X100 unit itself, I have to use the full speed connection. With the USB cable, you are only able to play the formats supported by the iDA-X100, and there is no support for uncompressed or lossless in the HU itself. I've just gone back and had a look in the manual for the USB connection, it's just mp3, WMA and AAC support.

While that is true if you are using a USB flash drive or hard drive with the USB cable, it is not if you are using an iPod with it. It will still play all lossless formats (via the iPod) without needing the full speed cable.

JrVtecAccord
12-26-2008, 01:50 PM
While that is true if you are using a USB flash drive or hard drive with the USB cable, it is not if you are using an iPod with it. It will still play all lossless formats (via the iPod) without needing the full speed cable.

X2

buggsson
12-26-2008, 03:39 PM
While that is true if you are using a USB flash drive or hard drive with the USB cable, it is not if you are using an iPod with it. It will still play all lossless formats (via the iPod) without needing the full speed cable.

This is not in line with the information I have recieved up til now. However, as you are so persistent, I'll call them again. I have recieved information that you will not be able, in any way do to lossless or uncompressed from any Alpine deck from a USB HD-drive. I'll be back when recieved new info.

JrVtecAccord
12-26-2008, 04:01 PM
This is not in line with the information I have recieved up til now. However, as you are so persistent, I'll call them again. I have recieved information that you will not be able, in any way do to lossless or uncompressed from any Alpine deck from a USB HD-drive. I'll be back when recieved new info.

We understand the HU is not compatible with uncompressed media from a USB mass drive.

But, you can play uncompressed or lossless media from a iPod connected via USB.

shadowfactory
12-29-2008, 09:58 PM
This is not in line with the information I have recieved up til now. However, as you are so persistent, I'll call them againI have recieved information that you will not be able, in any way do to lossless or uncompressed from any Alpine deck from a USB HD-drive.

Yes this is exactly what I said thanks for misreading it.

"It will still play all lossless formats (via the iPod) without needing the full speed cable. "

Not once did I ever say it would play lossless from a HD. In fact I said the opposite.

Lawnie
12-30-2008, 12:07 AM
So I've just finished installing the new head unit, but I can't get any audio to come out when I connect my first gen-iPod Touch. The HU recognizes it and displays the song name, album, etc., but no sound comes through the speakers.

I can get the radio to work, however. What gives?

shadowfactory
12-30-2008, 05:29 AM
So I've just finished installing the new head unit, but I can't get any audio to come out when I connect my first gen-iPod Touch. The HU recognizes it and displays the song name, album, etc., but no sound comes through the speakers.

I can get the radio to work, however. What gives?

Wow with all that detailed information on your install I know exactly what is wrong. :rolleyes:

Lawnie
12-30-2008, 01:50 PM
Errr... Alright. My Chrysler's speaker wiring was messed up so the harness that I bought to use with this head unit didn't have the correct layout to match what was already on the vehicle. I used the Installdoctor chart to figure out which wires were which and connected accordingly. After a lot of work, that got the unit to power on and play the radio through the speakers, all of them. The unit is grounded to a screw on the chassis, and is connected to the antenna through the standard connection.

When I connect the ipod Touch to the usb cable that came with the HU, the ipod displays "Device Connected" and the HU shows the album art, song, artist, and album on the display. The playback time carries on as usual (ie the little bar that shows the progress in the song moves to the right as if it is playing the song) but no sound comes out of the speakers.

I've also tried using different USB cords to no avail.

racedvl
12-31-2008, 04:03 PM
Hi all.
I had ordered a ida-x100 on Monday.
Then later in the day, my new Crutchfield catolog comes in the mail.

And I see this on the cover.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_500IDAX305/Alpine-iDA-X305.html?search=ida-x305&tp=5684

I pre-ordered it. Looks like the biggest diffrence between The ida-x100 and the ida-x305 is the Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter.

Any thoughts?

Nolte100
01-01-2009, 06:17 PM
Hi all.
I had ordered a ida-x100 on Monday.
Then later in the day, my new Crutchfield catolog comes in the mail.

And I see this on the cover.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_500IDAX305/Alpine-iDA-X305.html?search=ida-x305&tp=5684

I pre-ordered it. Looks like the biggest diffrence between The ida-x100 and the ida-x305 is the Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter.

Any thoughts?

I am contemplating the x100 and saw this in the catalog as well. Of note, Alpine lists the Burr Brown encoder in the specs for the x100 as well. Near as I can tell, the x305 is the same headunit with some chrome glued to the knob.

The x305 is already available in Asia so it's on the asia Alpine site now. Take a look (http://www.alpine-asia.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=379&Itemid=271), I can't find anything technically different unless I'm just missing something.

At this point I'm thinking I'll save the $40 on Crutchfield and go for the x100 -- honestly I think it looks better than the new one anyway

racedvl
01-01-2009, 07:23 PM
Ah I see that now. I did not see the Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter spec on the 100. So other than a chrome knob, they are the same it looks like.....

SLR777
01-01-2009, 07:33 PM
You might as well save the 50 bucks unless you like something about the 305.
BECAUSE it never ends. Come April or what ever there will be a perceived better one yet.

I have had the ida x100 now in my truck for less than a week and I like it more and more every day. About 3 weeks ago the ida x100 on crutch field was like $349
about 2 weeks ago it was $299 a week ago it was $269 and today its $259.99 and you get all the goodie install stuff with crutchfield I say go for it.

Ya I have been shopping them for the last 2 months I paid $250 on e-bay thinking I was saving $100. LOL LOL :veryhapp:

I have just bought my first ipod to go with it the nano 4th gen it does turn on with the unit and it seems like its charging but it does not turn off I have to turn the ipod off no big deal to me. You can see the album art etc. Like I said I like it more every day.

Nolte100
01-01-2009, 08:27 PM
I finally decided to pull the trigger on the x100. That price on crutchfield is really good, and the x305 doesn't seem to offer anything new -- you'd think for the extra $40 I had better get something but nope.

And again, I like the look of the 100 better too.

SLR777
01-01-2009, 09:07 PM
I think you will like it. The directions I printed them out are not in very good order almost backwards. Example its telling you how to adjust the sub woofer before it tells you how to turn the setting on for the sub. Thats just one example seems like the whole owners manual is that way.

I arranged a few select pages out of order just so I could make sense of it to keep in the truck for a couple weeks but getting around on the unit better everyday.

Nolte100
01-01-2009, 09:18 PM
I think you will like it. The directions I printed them out are not in very good order almost backwards. Example its telling you how to adjust the sub woofer before it tells you how to turn the setting on for the sub. Thats just one example seems like the whole owners manual is that way.

I arranged a few select pages out of order just so I could make sense of it to keep in the truck for a couple weeks but getting around on the unit better everyday.

Heh. Well Alpine is a Japanese company I believe. In Japanese, books are read from back to front (at least as we in North America see it), so I bet that's where some of the organizational issues come from. I've seen it before -- the manual for my Dad's old Mitsubishi television was completely translated to english, but the pages were still bound back to front.

racedvl
01-01-2009, 10:55 PM
I did find a diffrence.The ida-x305 has 2 EQ bands. The ida-x100 does not...........

nineball
01-01-2009, 11:37 PM
both the x100 and the x305 have a 2 band parametric eq.

Dak446
01-04-2009, 03:35 AM
is there a way to download your own "personal" wallpapers, cuz i-personalize ***** *** there are lame pics on there.

racedvl
01-04-2009, 09:16 PM
Ok I pretty much kept the ida-x100 and canceled the ida-x305. So far I really am starting to like the X100....

Nolte100
01-04-2009, 10:43 PM
is there a way to download your own "personal" wallpapers, cuz i-personalize ***** *** there are lame pics on there.

I think that is discussed earlier in this thread. I recommend reading the whole thing, it's pretty informative.

Blanco Diablo
01-05-2009, 04:02 AM
New member here, hi all, have an '06 Pontiac Vibe...same dilemma x100 vs. x305...called Crutchfield they said the key differences were:

• Better screen resolution
• Better 3g iPhone compatibility

Found out that there is also an upgraded Bluetooth add on being released with the x305:
• KCE-400BT PARROT Bluetooth&#174; MODULE

http://www.alpine-europe.com/home/products/bluetooth-usb/kce-400bt/

Hopefully this solves some of the voice quality complaints with Alpine's past units. I may hold out for the x305, if nothing else to compare them in person and make a call then. Crutchfield thinks they will be released in March.

You think the new Bluetooth module will work with the x100? That may help my decision.