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Alpine CD Player MP3 CDW AAC WMA USB - CDA117

by Alpine
4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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  • Power Handling Peak: 50W X 4
  • Power Handling RMS: 18W X 4
  • Auxiliary Input: Versatile-Link Ready
  • CD/CD-R/CD-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA Playback
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Alpine
  • Model Number: CDA-117RI
  • MP3 player: N
  • Bluetooth support: Y

Product Description

ALPINE CD PLAYER MP3 CDW AAC WMA USB - CDA117

Product Information

Technical Details

Item Weight 3.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 2 x 7 x 6.3 inches
Item model number CDA-117RI
Wireless Remote Yes

Additional Information

ASIN B0039SNX68
Customer Reviews
4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #406 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Car Audio > Digital Media Receivers
#1,597 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Car Audio > Car Stereo Receivers
#513,096 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies
Shipping Weight 4.9 pounds
Date First Available February 10, 2010

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Verified Purchase
Anyone who has owned an aftermarket Head Unit(HU) can tell you that there is a definitive amount of quality between lower price and upper price HU's.
Being an audiophile, i have heard and owned many, many HU's. My last HU was a Pioneer DEH-P8600MP. Pioneer's top quality HU next to the 9600 at the time it came out. After purchasing this Alpine CDA-117, i had very high expectations with which i was going to compare this HU to. First of all they both use 24bit Burr-Brown Digital-to-Analong Converters (24bit DACs) so you get the most information from the CD player, or ipod to the speakers as possible.

Secondly, a feature i wish my Pioneer HU had, is the ability to defeat, or cancel, the CDA-117's internal MOSFET Amplifiers, and send the signal directly from the CD or ipod to the external amplifier (if your using one) and then to the speakers. This allows you to crank the volume considerably with less signal distortion on the beaten path(from the source to the speakers).

This HU also has a very intuitive User-interface(menu system) and the scroll wheel is second to none in terms of usability and control. The HU has a very bright display, and it is also recessed(sunk in under the plastic casing) so that when the sunlight hits the display, you can still see the words very clear. I have no complaints for this HU except that the tuning options are a little less than my previous model HU, but Pioneer decks can be a little overkill with tuning options, and sometimes they are better left alone if you aren't familiar with what they achieve. All in all, this is an audiophile-quality deck, with more than enough features for the most experienced tuners. I believe this unit is the successor to the Alpine CDA-9886, and that unit is revered in the audio community. If nothing else, go to your local best buy and see if they have one of these on display, you will not be unimpressed!

Thanks for your time.
Josh
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First, the bad, because I found a lot.

I'm finding my purchase of this head unit CDA-117 to be a fairly disappointing experience. It sounds great, but it's the most frustratingly difficult and distracting interface I can imagine possible. How Alpine came to develop this to be so insanely counter-intuitive escapes me. There are many serious flaws with this player, in terms of safety and distraction during driving. Do not even attempt searching for a song while driving. It's impossible. Then on top of that, the previous/next buttons are the same shape and size as half the other buttons. If I see the phrase "BANKING" while it's scanning USB one more time, I'm gonna flip out. seriously, why can't you just navigate folder directory!?!?!?!

As a software developer and user experience consultant, I'm absolutely amazed at how terrible this experience has been.

1). Volume/Mute completely unavailable when "BANKING" appears, forcing you to escape the operation to change volume.
2). What is the relevance of BANK1, BANK2? What is that supposed to tell me? It seems like an arbitrarily selected random collection.
3). Larger than 1000 song collections: UNUSABLE.
4). Scrolling is terrible. ONE item per turn? Have you even attempted to search for anything whatsoever with this thing?
5). Volume press is FAR too sensitive, bringing up search function instead of volume control at least 90% of the time.
6). BIGGEST FLAW: previous/next buttons
7). Display is completely annoying. I don't need an ipod icon, i need meta information. Without this stupid icon the display would not need to annoyingly scroll the artist, album, track info. STUPID!!!!!
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I'm a former professional Car audio guy so my opinions may not apply to most or seem nick picky. I was considered a Alpine fan boy as of 6-7 years ago and in the quest for better sound quality and hard drive based navigation, I went with Eclipse's AVN7000 with the external 5.1 box with the auto EQ/Time alignment. The now aging Eclipse lacks Ipod support and out of date maps, I decided to ditch the navigation and use my smart phone and pick up a "high quality" head unit with iPod controls.

First impressions:
The overall sound seemed harsh and less dynamic. It took a lot of tweaking and tuning with a Real Time Analyzer to get it right.

The setting to turn off the internal power amp when using external amplifiers, doesn't actually turn off the internal amp, it just mutes it. The heat sink on the back side, although has a cooling fan, still gets very hot when in use.

Low sub woofer pre-amp voltage. When I switched from my old Alpine which had 4 volt pre-outs to my Eclipse which also had 4 volt pre-outs. I didn't have to re-adjust the amplifier gains. When I switched from my Eclipse to the Alpine CDA-117, I noticed the sub woofer level was noticeable lower than before, even with the sub output level turned all the way up. I had to actually had to lower the gains on the 4 channel amp powering my factory located speakers by 20 degrees. Makes me wonder if the sub output is actually 4 volt or if the pre-amp voltages are not scaled properly between the front-rear-sub.

I'm also not a fan of the RCA outputs being fixed mounted straight out of the rear. Although it wasn't a issue on my vehicle, there are vehicles that have limited mounting depth and if your using external amps, the RCA cable that might be plugged into the unit it will add mounting depth.
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