Alpine Electronics, gone boating

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

6 Responses

  1. Dan (b393capt) says:

    One word … Wow !

  2. Russ says:

    I bought an Alpine for my new boat. Not this model, a regular car model. The models change so quickly that it appears my CDA-9886 is already discontinued before it’s installed, but the functionality appears very very similar.
    I suspect the “marine” version is not much more than a marketing ploy. I’ve used a un-marinized Blaupunk car stereo in my current boat for almost 8 years with no problems; though it’s safely below and not on a fly bridge. I also plays the sound from my computer (iTunes and DVDs) and iPod, plus the usual AM/FM/WX radio bands.
    In any case, the Alpine doesn’t have a garage for the iPod, but it does connect directly to the iPod’d dock connector which is a USB connection. This means Alpine is picking up the data stream from the iPod, not the audio stream and that the D/A conversion is done in the Alpine unit, not in the iPod; Burr-Brown makes the best DACs and 24bits is a good thing!
    It has an optional Bluetooth dongle so you can play your iPhone through it wirelessly, or use it as a speaker phone. My favorite feature is that you can have it shut off all the face plate graphics and lights. And it has a wireless remote!
    I picked the Alpine solution so of course I think it’s a good thing. Thorough documentation and excellent support.

  3. Sandy says:

    Four words: Not in MY anchorage!

  4. DefJef says:

    That Alpine is UGLY!

  5. Bob Mueller says:

    I have a similar Alpine in my car. My Alpine is also HD radio ready, which requires the purchase of an extra black box to decode the HD signals. While the head unit may be “marinized”, I bet Alpine wants you to use their automotive HD radio black box. I picked Alpine for my car, because I like their ipod controls the best. It works the most like the Apple ipod interface. A few of the other manufacturers are terrible, like the Clarion in my boat. With the Clarion that I have on my boat, you must pre-configure 9 playlists on your ipod using your computer. Then you use the CD changer controls on the head unit to pick one of the ten playlists, exactly like picking a disc in a CD changer. You can not configure these 9 playlists with the ipod. And you can not use the ipods own controls, while it is connected via the interface to the Clarion head unit. I end up using the aux input on the Clarion with the headphone jack on the ipod, so that I can use the ipod’s own controls. I wish I had put the same Alpine that I have in my car, into my boat. But Alpine did not have a wired remote, and I don’t have line of sight to the head unit from my Helm to use an IR remote. I certainly like the ruggedness of the Clarion wired remote on my open helm.
    While I am certain that Alpine is being truthful in their marketing speak about how their d/a converter makes mp3’s sound better through their system. I don’t think I could tell the difference in my boat. Any boat is certainly less then an ideal environment for an audiophile!

  6. dameon keeler says:

    i was just wondering if u could email pictures of the alpine boat. cause i was thinking about putting something to that sort into my boat and i was going to have alpine audio for my speakers and subs so when and if u can send pictures of the boat please do and thank you.

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