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    Alpine KCA-121b or KCA-420i?

    Ok, so after researching and asking questions about which options are the best for connecting an ipod to an Alpine CDA 9811 deck, I came up with these two: the Alpine KCA-121B with an RCA cable or the KCA-420i. Which overall, would have the best sound quality or has cd-quality? Thats like the most important factor i'm looking at.

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    Re: Alpine KCA-121b or KCA-420i?

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    Alpine KCA-121b or KCA-420i?

    Ok, so after researching and asking questions about which options are the best for connecting an ipod to an Alpine CDA 9811 deck, I came up with these two: the Alpine KCA-121B with an RCA cable or the KCA-420i. Which overall, would have the best sound quality or has cd-quality? Thats like the most important factor i'm looking at.

    Thanks for any help.
    Since sound quality is, "like", the most important factor to you, get the 420i so you have a line level output from your iPod. The KCA-121B would require you to have a 3.5mm to female rca cable and use your iPod's headphone output, which is a noisier path (unless you have a redwine modded iPod).

    The 5th generation iPods have decent sound out of the headphone output, the 4th generation and before really need a line out to get good quality. Also remember that nothing you do on your iPod is going to be CD quality if it is compressed, it may sound good, but it won't be original quality unless it is lossless.



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    Re: Alpine KCA-121b or KCA-420i?

    Im doing the exact thing, will the kca 420i work with the 9811??? i thought it was ment for 2004 and up stereos...



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    Re: Alpine KCA-121b or KCA-420i?

    I'm pretty sure the only option for the 9811 is the 121b. Not as good of a unit, but makes your decision alot easier.



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    Re: Alpine KCA-121b or KCA-420i?

    how about 4 mbus? which shoud i use? and i dunno how to set it to aux-in. this is my headunit. cmd-75xx




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    Re: Alpine KCA-121b or KCA-420i?

    wow time for an upgrade there... I think your only option is a tape adapter for that old of a deck...

    as for the 420i... I had it on my 9835 and it took forever to scroll thru songs on the deck. I was unplugging my ipod, finding my songs I wanted to hear and then plugging it back it cause that was faster than trying to find them on the deck. I ended up ditching it and got a FM modulator that charges my ipod while its hooked up. Obviously the sound isnt as nice, but I cant tell that much of a different.

    I suggest getting a new alpine deck with the direct Ipod connection. Its much faster and easier to use.




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    Re: Alpine KCA-121b or KCA-420i?

    dont have a couple of benjamins




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