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Alpine TUA-T550HD

Add-on HD Radio Tuner for 2007-up Alpine Ai-Net Receivers

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Product Features:
  • HD Radio Tuner for Alpine Ai-Net Receivers
  • Compatible with 2007-up Alpine CD Players
  • Receives multi-casting content
  • Enables the iTunes Tagging feature, which allows the user to "tag" songs heard on the HD Radio and transfer the songs information to iTunes
  • USB Connection for iPod or other audio devices
  • Does not provide playback of the iPod, but will transfer the tagged song to the iPod.
  • iTunes tagging available with Alpine IVA-W505 and IDA-X100 Receivers
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty
Compatible with the following headunits:

Alpine products are warranted solely by Sonic Electronix, Inc. under the same period and terms as the original Alpine warranty. Sonic Electronix is not an Authorized Alpine Dealer and Alpine requires all merchandise purchased by Sonic Electronix customers to be returned solely to Sonic Electronix. Alpine products are also covered by our Standard Return Policy for returns on exchanges or refunds within 30 days from the date of purchase.

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Alpine TUA-T550HD)

HD Radio Tuner Specifications

Compatible Brands
This is the manufacturer(s) that the item is compatible with. Unless it is universal, usually the item will only be compatible with the same manufacturer.

For example, a JVC Bluetooth adapter will only work with JVC units. A Pioneer iPod adapter will only work with Pioneer head units.

Alpine
Type of Factory Radio Improvement Harness
This denotes whether the factory radio improvement module is an add-on tuner for an existing receiver, an FM stereo modulator, a plug-n-play installation harness, or if it is a portable module by itself.
Add-On Tuner Box
Connection Type
How the unit is connected to its source to send and receive information and data.

On some items such as wire or cables, this specifies how the cables connect to transfer the signals.

Manufacturer Specific Cable

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
29%
4 Star
14%
3 Star
14%
2 Star
29%
1 Star
14%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
3.3
Value
2.3
Features
3.7
Design
3.0
Usability
3.0
Gary

Assonet, MA

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great unit

May 9, 2011

Can be hooked up in line with Sirus radio.

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Kim

Houston, TX

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Great Value - HD Tuner

September 20, 2010

This has been an excellent HD tuner since day one. It runs off my Alpine CDA-117 receiver very well. Very pleased with the unit and Sonic Electronix service.

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Nick

Schaumburg, IL

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Alpine TUA-T550HD Not Ready For Prime Time

June 26, 2010

I put a complete Alpine system in my car. From HU through Signal Processor Then over to JL Audio D Class Amp & Speakers. I pulled out all the stops, I got it ALL. CDA-9886 Head Unit. KCE-400BT Blue Tooth, TUA-T550HD HD Receiver, PXA-H100 Imprint Processor, and an AI-Net XM Radio Module with the signals routed into a JL Audio HD900/5 D class amp hooked to 2 sets of JL Audio Separates. 1 set C5-650 (Rear Fill) and one set of ZR-650CSi (Front Doors) The amp's 5th channel drives a pair of JL Audio 12W3 Subs. This review will focus on the TUA-550HD HD Receiver.

I was really looking forward to being capable of receiving HD radio in the car. When I installed everything I was having a VERY rough time getting any music from the HD Radio. With all the AI-Net boxes I have in my AI-Net daisy chain it took me nearly 2 hours of trial and error hooking the equipment all up in different combo's before I got radio source and all my other AI-Net box sources to work. The manual only shows how to hook it up to a AI-Net head unit by itself. No mention of what to do if you are also using an Imprint processor or other AI-Net sources or a combo of the above. So I finally am getting Radio White Noise with everything hooked up. I search for FM stations in the Analog FM band and I get only a few stations to lock in. Hmm the 9886 Head unit FM receiver received a ton more stations than the HD Radio. So I go to my favorite radio station who supposedly has 2 HD sub channels. I'm waiting for some kind of confirmation that I am receiving HD... Nothing... Turns out the reception is so horrible on the receiver that I was not getting a strong enough antenna signal to receive the HD sub channels. I live about 17 Miles from Downtown Chicago and have NEVER in any car I have ever owned had bad reception even when I was 35+ miles from the city. So reception was awful. Now I have to admit my car's antenna is inside my windshield glass and is not a standard whip antenna. Still I had no problems receiving many many stations from the CDA-9886's internal receiver. So I decided to buy an amplified antenna and give it a try. I hook up the amplified antenna and mount it where the instructions say I will have best results. I run the power wire for the amp to the back of the 9886 and hook it up to the power antenna lead on the 9886 so when the radio is on the antenna/amp is also, when the radio is off like while listening to a CD the antenna/amp will also be off. I turn everything on and have no reception at all. Turns out the TUA-T550HD does not cause the 9886's power antenna lead to go hot. So The antenna/amp was off. I pulled the HU and moved the power antenna's power lead over to the amp turn on wire. So now whenever the 9886 is on so is the antenna/amp. So now I have some reception in normal FM. Better than my car's antenna but still not enough signal to receive most HD sub channels. an nowhere NEAR as good as the internal receiver in the 9886 on it's own. So this thing not only cost ~$150 it gives me horrible reception. i cannot even listen to some of my favorite Analog legacy FM stations with this receiver with a better antenna than the 9886's built in receiver. Turns out the only HD sub channel stations I receive are from near by spanish stations. Nothing else. and only half of the normal legacy FM stations I get with the 9886's tuner. This is the First Alpine product I would have to tell people to steer clear of. You may have better luck if you live IN the big city, but this HD Receiver is NOT ready for the Burbs. Save your money unless you live in the City.

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LANE 23

SULLIVAN MISSOURI

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Xcellant pick

January 4, 2010

This HD box has no cons that I have found, it is a very easy and quick hook up, LOVE IT AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT FOR ALL THE ALPINE USERS!!!!!

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Jesse M.

Mountain Home, ID

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Dissapointed

October 13, 2009

I have the CDA-9886 HU which is awesome so I wanted to add HD radio, Setting up the AI net is complicated, there are 3 switches on the bottom of the HU which need to be configured and only the HU manual mentions them, not the HD tuner manual. My TUA-550HD tuner has the same problem as a previous reviewer, 25% of the time it will display radio frequency but no sound. So I have to turn off the car and restart it. I have a few AM/FM stations 45 miles from where I live and it picks them up. For the price compared to the competitors this tuner is junk. I maintain radio's for a living, do professional car audio installs, and am an active HAM. Wait until Alpine releases a newer model.

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bdander

Washington, DC

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It works, usually

May 18, 2009

It generally works as you would expect. Sometimes however, when I turn on the head-unit, the radio is completely silent, and sometimes it is not recognized at all, the standard tuner is the only option available on the head unit. To get it to work, I usually need to stop the car, and turn it off. That seems to reset everything. Just turning the radio itself off and turning it back on does not fix it. Only turning off the car entirely (and thus shutting off power to the unit). This somewhat of an annoyance, it usually works. Only 10 percent of the time do I have this problem, and restarting the car always fixes it. The most annoying thing is to discover it is not working when you are on the freeway, you are kind of stuck, unless you pull off the freeway so you can restart your car. Also the unit seems needlessly large, I don't know why these Alpine add-ons are always so large. It takes up half the space under my set. Low score on design. Sonic Electronix was very helpful in the placing of my order.

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BJ

Spring, TX

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alpine hd tuner

January 25, 2009

Don't buy. When it works it sounds great, but randomly on vehicle startup the tuner shows a station is tuned in, but no sound. The Alpine head unit works on IPOD and CD. Must turn off vehicle to clear fault, turning off radio does not clear fault. have tried 2 units and both do the same thing. Alpine has no clue as to the problem let alone the fix!

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NOTE: We believe this to be an installation error. The unit was not purchased from us, but if it was, we would provide technical assistance for installing it correctly.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

TUA-T550HD

UPC

793276700346

Weight

2.00lbs

Internal SKU

tuat550hd

Internal Product ID

12360

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Alpine TUA-T550HD