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Installation was simple and fast, with the exception of the parking brake wire. You can't do any customization without that connection, including dimming. I wish there was infinite dimming for the back light, but it's not overpowering. My antenna appears to be connected properly, but am unable to tune in any stations.
Pros - Great sound, fit and function, especially for $300.
Cons - Parking brake wire safety feature, no infinite back light dimming
Overall Great Product!
The Radio screen display is lit up nicely with big easy to read buttons and easy to jump to different pre-programmed stations. I also have steering wheel control that works great also. Only thing missing is it doesn't have HD or RDS or whatever you call it to show the Artist name and song. When you play your own music, it does show this information. Apple Car Play is excellent! Now I can see my maps on the screen instead of looking at my phone. A must for the future of no looking at your phone while driving! The back-up camera works well too.
Typical Alpine Elegance at a discount price
Fast start-up, steering wheel controls work fine, camera works well. The auto dimmer has enough variability for my taste. Did not do the parking bypass but found only the advanced sound settings need parking brake. Screen beautiful, excellent response, good sound. Thought I would be annoyed by parking brake for settings but really they are set once and forget. Would rather live than watch videos while I drive.
It pretty much works wonderfully with my Samsung note 8. It takes almost no time to actually hook up. I do wish it would start up faster, but no other complaint.
Good camera / easy to install
I have bought 2 of these - one for a Wrangler and the other a Honda Fit. It’s a 3 piece harness/cable, which makes installation much easier. Both units were connected to Pioneer NEX and the included parking lines were good enough to leave Pioneers turned off. The parking lines also curve with the direction of your steering wheel angle, which is a nice feature. I’m going to buy a third one.
Decent entry level stereo
If you are looking for a budget entry level Android Auto/Carplay stereo or want something that has a shallow mounting depth, this is a decent unit. It was easy to install and has good sound quality, but it has a one huge con. In comparison to my Sony XAV-AX100, the display is absolutely terrible! All the colors just look washed out and there doesn't seem to be any kind of settings to adjust the image quality.
Radio works and looks great! It also is half the size of a regular double din in the back which leaves tons of room for extra wires.
I like it very much!
I just installed this in my 1999 Ford Crown Victoria LX. It fits very easily into place with only minor modification to the dash cavity. All I needed to do was remove the plastic ridges at the top and bottom with a rotary sanding tool. I also trimmed any excess length off the back of the dash install kit. It's a super easy fit.
After being frustrated by finding a defroster duct running through my dash, blocking any chance at easy double din head unit installation, I found the iLX-W650! It sounds fantastic and its super shallow body seems like it was made with my specific space limitations in mind!
Also, the price is quite competitive. Sonic even gave me the installation parts free for my car. Not sure about yours but I'd call them and ask! They're super helpful.
Nice stereo and sounds good
I was really surprised by this stereo. I bought it with the kata-450 that attaches to the back of it but it sounded good without it. The only issue I've got is alpines usual stuff where you have to have it connected to parking brake switch to get to settings and all. Other than that. It looks and sounds good.
I use both apple and android phones with this unit. Both work great and the interface is super easy to use.
Good price for a quality alpine stereo, the touch screens work well.
This is an excellent camera for the cost. It isn't too bulky & works great.
This little camera is a great value so far. We'll see in the long wrong but it feels like quality material and appears to be well sealed to keep out weather. It has a more than adequate field of view for me. Only thing to note is I installed this on a 2002 Tundra which is more of midsize truck and the cable was not long enough to reach the taillight so take note of the length of the supplied cable compared to your cable run needs and be prepared with an appropriate patch to reach the desired location. Also, I recommend a wire loom if you route under the vehicle as I did. I went out through the engine firewall then down and back.
This backup camera was included with a Sony stereo (5500) I purchased for my father's Nissan Frontier 2011. The camera itself is solid and well built. The metal casing and hinges were designed with notches to accept hardware and be fastened in multiple orientations so you can install the camera where you want it and it won't move. Also, double-sided tape was already attached to the mounting surface of the hinge so it will stay in place when you are installing it, making it much easier to get that first fastener in.
Recently installed this unit in my 01 Silverado mainly to have a screen while adding a backup camera. Im amazed at how well this unit performs for its price. The touchscreen is extremely fast and responsive. Sound quality is a bit funky right out of the box but there is a ton of sound adjustments in the “advanced eq” settings which i had a difficult time setting up, as I am not an audio expert by any means. However, after about 30 minutes of playing with the eq I got it to sound nice. Android auto works well and hasn't had any bugs that I've ran into yet. I haven't tried any other units in this price range but id imagine it would be difficult to find a better one!
ILX-w650 is a great overall unit,
super shallow chassis, great sound quality, smooth user interface with no added nonsense. touch screen is almost identical to an ipad.
cons, single rear usb, must use APPLE lighting cable to work with carplay can NOT be a non apple product, can not turn off the crossovers.
other then those cons, i love the unit. the SQ is so good that ALL the con's can be over looked!!!!
Fits perfectly in a 1999 Sonoma. Great audio fidelity and volume. Great value. UI is responsive and intuitive, CarPlay and Android Auto work like a charm. Bluetooth connectivity is also good. Kit included everything to get working with the AM/FM radio aswel
Great Alpine Unit
This Alpine interface is very easy to use, big icons, enjoyed the Apple Car Play, Siri, microphone very accurate I didn’t have to repeat. Sound is awesome, I also added the Alpine KTA 450 and attached it to the back of the head unit and have 100 w per channel. Also added the Alpine Powered Subwoofer PWE-S8. Added the Sirius XM tuner with 3 months free to try it out, sounds great. Added an Alpine Back up Camera. The only thing I wish I could do is to change the background screen, maybe Alpine will have a firmware upgrade soon. Also, I would like to have more Apps like Netflix, Weather, Google or mirror the iPhone would be a nice feature. The price is fair. Recommend this product from Sonic Electronix's best prices and fast delivery.
First off I like this product. You definitely get what you pay for and then some. I almost exclusively bought this unit for Apple Carplay function. And it does that semi reliably. When I first got it it was almost never. So I did a software update and that improved it but didn't completely fix it. So I have to plug and unplug replug the lightning cable on a regular basis but not always. I plan on getting a new cable and trying that, but the two or three that I have did the same thing. When it works it's awesome though. Love the capacitive touch screen. It doesn't show finger prints terribly bad. The radio reception is great, although I don't use it a lot. But it doesn't show station tags and songs that I have figured out. Kind of weird to not have that. I would recommend this unit to anyone. I'm knocking it down due to the connection to Carplay issues but overall for three bills this is a great buy.
Bought this for a 2010 Suburban. I am installing this with a video camera, 2 amps and a powered subwoofer. A subwoofer and 2 component speakers along with 2-2way speakers. First time to ever install new car stereo equipment. Haven't actually used the Alpine Unit just yet. A couple more days and I will have finished the install. It seems to be of good quality. Shipping was fast and everything arrived intact and in a timely manner.
Its a great unit especially for the price it really exceeded my expectations. The only thing is if parking brake wire is not hooked up alot of the functions wouldnt work. But after wiring everything up as it should be everything works and is great no problems from it...
This alpine has been one of the best I have put in my truck
Good quality item for the price especially having apple play and adriod auto
This radio exceeds my expectations. I was ecstatic to find an Alpine source unit with a fair pricetag. When you pair this unit with the Alpine KTA-450 you create a high quality sound at an excellent price. Even with the power pack mounted on the back, the space the combo takes up in the dash is far less than the average aftermarket head unit. I would have gave this product 5 stars but I felt like a couple things are missing. It would have been nice to have HD radio and an aux input in the back to incorporate my stock dash options but needless to say I am still extremely happy with my choice.
It’s a no from me dawg
Quite disappointing. The first thing that’s annoying about this head unit is that there is no knob for volume, it’s all a touch screen. It’s really more of a hassle than you’d think when you want to adjust the volume while driving. The Bluetooth connectivity will not remember the main device and chooses which one it connects to randomly(sometimes multiple ones for music and another for the phone) or not at all depends on how it’s feeling when powered up. Read a lot of good reviews about this head unit but trust me your better off not getting this one. It’s just a lower-end unit with a bit higher price tag.
Does not allow the 2 finger swipe with Apple CarPlay. Not a deal killer.
Put the Alpine unit into my '11 Frontier. Everything works well, the unit was easy to install due to shallow form factor. AA works great, without any lag, which I was worried with my Pixel3. The gesture controls do work, except when you are in Android Auto, which is inconsistent, but I used Axxess steering wheel module and that does the trick. Overall very happy with new stereo, not need to upgrade speaker and maybe a sub?
I like it so much I bought 2 of them so far. Super easy to hook up and everything.
Perfect for 300zx
This works great in the 91 300zx! It's so shallow that fitment is pretty easy.
This radio is great. It’s small, fits in any car and has some great features. Easy to use and installation was easy. Love it!
Lots of features!
This unit has lots of features like x-overs, eq, and time alignment among others. I put this unit in my NSX so space is at a premium and with it being a media-only player it's perfect. No CDs to take up space. I have all of my music on a thumb drive. The screen is very responsive and fast.
There's not much customization as far as the colors or backgrounds on the screen so if you want that look elsewhere.
Bought this radio based on recommendation from sales advisor, glad I did! I wanted Android Auto, hands free bluetooth and ability for Sirius in future. This radio had all that! Excellent price, looks great in car. Only issue i had on installation is connecting to parking brake, tech support helped with that and ask works great now. Kept factory speakers and still sounds amazing. Great unit!
Great Touch Screen
The size makes it very simple to install. Takes about 10 seconds to start up when you start your car. Bypassing the parking brake sensor was a bit of a pain. If you connect to a ground, it will work until you turn the car off then back on. I ended up wiring a switch to a ground, and putting the parking brake wire on the switch. Whenever i start my truck i flip the switch off and then back on, and it works with no issues. I always like volume knobs but the volume buttons work decently fast
Pros: great touch screen, apple carplay works flawlessly, small design, tons of equalizer and crossover features, good price
Cons: 10 second startup, parking brake wire is a bit of a pain, cant customize the home screen, no volume knob
This head unit has it all for a very affordable price. Love all the features. Keep in mind that this unit is not remote ready. Meaning if you don't have steering wheel controls you won't be able to use an external remote with it. Certainly not a deal breaker but something to be aware of. If you have steering wheel controls there's an accessory you can buy that will interface between those and the head unit. Also, you will need a bypass switch for the emergency brake restriction. This is a feature most modern head units have today. I guess it's suppose to ensure you aren't watching videos while driving or something. Anyway, the PAC TR1 works great and is easy to install and you can get it from Sonic. Order and install it with your head unit or it won't work.
The short chassis was a great fit. Has all the features I need which are apple car play and google maps. Very responsive.
Awesome head unit!!
I like that this head unit is adapting with the times. Without the CD player, this unit is very slim and light, and the carplay works well. I was able to connect all my cameras and amp-preout no problem and the remote connection is good!
Not bad, but not great
I had this a short time before I returned it.
The colors are bright and crisp and the touch responsiveness is fantastic. However for being compatible with both Android and Apple, I was sorely disappointed.
I had a Pixel 3XL at the time and getting it to connect and not freeze up on my Android Auto was hit and miss. Some days it would work flawlessly and others not so much. The average connection would take usually 2-4min and usually kick in AFTER I had started driving. This is the main reason I returned the ILX-W650.
The bluetooth connection was fantastic. It would sync almost immediately after I turned on my Frontier. This is what I would usually end up using to stream music as again the Android Auto connection was terrible.
Plenty of settings to tune your music just perfect.
Really nice unit for the money
I replaced a JVC touchscreen unit that I put in my truck about 2 years ago with this Alpine unit. The JVC was very slow to react and I could barely see it during direct sunlight contact. This Alpine unit is 10 times better. Instant response to input and adjustable brightness so you can see during direct sunlight contact. My only complaint is I had to install a bypass so I could access the Bluetooth and Android auto settings in my Toyota Tundra. I only wish I would've known that before I put it all back together. Overall though, this is a great head unit for the money.
This unit has all the features of the high end units. The price is very reasonable and the quality is actually better than some of the high end units
Easy to install and the back up camera feature works great!
Works flawlessly with my iPhone 11 Pro.
Amazing head unit, especially for the price
Absolutely love this head unit and do not miss not having a CD or DVD drive at all. In 2020, there’s really no need for a CD or DVD player as you are most likely streaming everything. Apple CarPlay is fantastic. One of the best parts of this radio is the ability to adjust your speakers for a completely flat response in your car through the parametric equalizer. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to move on to time aligning your speakers. This is no gimmick and produces amazing results when done correctly. Bass is much sharper, vocals become crystal clear, and the imaging and sound staging will really bring the sound to life. The only way to get better than this is to get full DSP where you have full control of parametric EQ’ing and time alignment for each individual speaker, provided you are supplying each with its own channel of amplification. This is what’s known as running fully active. That is a very expensive option to pursue.
Decent low end head unit , really lacks alot of the bells and whistles . Good unit for someone who doesn't care about SQ and adjustability
Happy to buy this radio for a great price. East installation for my suv.
The unit is very nice and easy to program. I would definitely recommend this unit. It is a very nice unit at a reasonable price.
Alpine iLX-W650 "could have been great"
Alpine really made a great looking unit, nice low profile, good quality materials but it lacks a lot of key features, also I know its full touch screen but would like to see a return of units with a physical volume knob, digital buttons are responsive but if you have an older vehicle (like I do) with no steering controls, it can be frustrating to adjust while driving.
No folder options with audio stored on USB (can't scan or select folder just skip to next track, every thing is combined as one big album)
Android auto is a joke (3 Android phones 2xSony 1xNokia none can be detected)
Slow response on touch screen to skip tracks when using Bluetooth
Not really a con but wish it had visualizations when playing from USB
Center of screen has "frost" spot on cold mornings
Size (Low Profile easy to install)
Best crossover I have used in a while
3 sets of pre outs
Built in amp is powerful for stock speakers
I can recommend this unit to people with steering controls (note you would have to purchase an interface from PAC etc.) and an ios device cause it doesn't seem to like Android. Overall I am a bit disappointed but it is a pretty decent unit, could be a bit cheaper.
Great Receiver !
Never installed it, and sold it.
I never should have sold it.
I got it for the price it came out as, which was way lower than now.
It was well built, had a short chassis, had tons of features, and had a fantastic looking screen.
All the features you would want too.
I especially liked that it had HD radio and 4v preamp outputs as well.
Only two things I didn't like .....
The watts were low in concideration to others.
It had everything except navigation which I could of used my phone to link to.
I am a Transporter traveling all across America I need a system that would was somewhat compact but with enough kick without the over kill, the adjustable is awesome, it's as though u were in a studio, being able to separate or keep amp and stereo together is awesome.
I had this professionally installed 25 minutes from my house. Twice during my drive back the receiver just cut off. Completely!!! Then took the 15 long seconds to cut back on. The CarPlay doesn’t work if the car is already on and I plug my phone in. I literally have to cut my car off. Plug the phone into the usb and then cut the car back on. That’s the only way CarPlay will activate. BS! And on top of that yes I cannot access settings. I guess it’s the parking brake fiasco. I’ve tried every variation of off and on on the PB and nothing. I’m so frustrated with this product I wish I could yank it out and send it right back!
Great price great item
Great item and great quality very sleek very responsive and very clear..
Alpine did not disappoint
I have not had an Alpine unit for 20 years. this one was easy to install and sounds terrific. I'm glad I gave them another try
Very nice Alpine head unit!!
After getting this Alpine head unit installed in my daughter's Hummer H3 I have nothing but positive things to say. Love the compact size and the quality of the sound it delivers. The unit itself is very easy to operate and has a lot of nice features.
This headunit is certainly great quality especially for this price range. There is no lag when clicking on buttons or switching screens, and it boots up pretty quick. You can also adjust several different sound settings which may be a little overkill for most people but is definitely a nice feature. Android Auto and Apple Carplay work like a charm.
I called Sonic Eletronix and spoke with a gentleman who was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. I told him what I was looking for and he knew exactly what I needed. He set me up with the steering wheel control module and everything else I needed specifically for my car.
Overall I would highly recommend this unit.
ILX-W650 - One of the Best Double Din!
This is my third ILX650. One in a previous vehicle and another in a current car. Latest will go in son's car for Christmas. Very shallow chassis so much more room for install. Fast response and intuitive menu system make daily use a pleasure. Who uses CD's any more?!
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