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Old 05-10-2007, 08:56 AM
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Alpine HU settings

I just acquired an Alpine CDA-9855 and trying to get it to sound properly, therefore had a question about the settings.

I was playing around with the settings and basically at some point I noticed that volume doesn't get any louder after about 22 up to 35. Then I was playing some more and at one point I had the volume go up properly right up to 35 and it was just like I wanted. I was making so many changes that I don't even know what setting on the deck effects the volume levels like this. Can someone tell me what it could be?
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:15 AM
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Yeah These decks are ridiculous with all the settings. I have the CDA-9853 and I can't seem to figure mine out either. I think I may go to a car audio store and pay the dude $20 or something to come out and "Show me the Ropes"
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Old 05-10-2007, 12:45 PM
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reset to factory defaults and my stereo suddenly came alive. Sound is balanced and defined and powerful, subwoofer finally is shaking the out of my car. I think I played with it too much prior to that.
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Old 05-11-2007, 12:09 AM
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the important part is the crossover settings, it has to be set to match your speaker/amp type of setup.
Then the time alignment. then you can play with eq all you like.

Its a real pain doing all that from the front panel. Get an extra pack of smokes and a pot of coffee, bring your manual and a magnifying glass. Then do it all over again every time you have to disconnect power and it goes back to default.

I set my basic setting on the alpine website, i-personalize. Saved MP3 to CD. That way, every time the car gets serviced or whatever, just pop in the CD, download, and there you're back to normal.
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Originally Posted by Tom.F.1
the important part is the crossover settings, it has to be set to match your speaker/amp type of setup.
Then the time alignment. then you can play with eq all you like.

Its a real pain doing all that from the front panel. Get an extra pack of smokes and a pot of coffee, bring your manual and a magnifying glass. Then do it all over again every time you have to disconnect power and it goes back to default.

I set my basic setting on the alpine website, i-personalize. Saved MP3 to CD. That way, every time the car gets serviced or whatever, just pop in the CD, download, and there you're back to normal.
It's not that bad to setup the crossover and time correction as long as you know the settings and distances in your vehicle. I toyed with it a lot and now know where everything is and which buttons to press. So I know how to do it in maybe 1/3 of a cup of coffee and 1 cigarette

This thing rocks! I love this deck! It's awesome! I am not sure why so many people are saying bad thing about the glidetouch. It's pretty cool actually. I got used to it quickly. Was reading some reviews where someone stated that they couldn't get used to glidetouch after 2 years of ownership.
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Old 05-11-2007, 09:26 AM
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On my old 9813 the MediaXpander jumped up the volume quite a bit. It was supposed to re-incorporate lost settings of MP3 files that are lost during the compression process but in reality I think it was just a hyped up loudness button.
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yup, the MX is a hyped up loudness. But, it has 3 levels settings. Much better when i went down to 1.
The glidetouch was a lot easyer to use in the Store display than it is at 120kmph.
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well I think you shouldn't be playing with your stereo too much while you're on the highway anyway safer that way
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what about the frequency settings on the treble and bass..never really understood those and how to obtimize those

i have a full 4 ch speaker and then sub set up

how should i match all those to work/sound the best
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Originally Posted by g60mike
what about the frequency settings on the treble and bass..never really understood those and how to obtimize those

i have a full 4 ch speaker and then sub set up

how should i match all those to work/sound the best
Use your ears.
It depends on how your speakers and amps work together.
On mine, I've found that setting the treble to 12.5khz at a setting of + 3 sounds the best. But a different car with different amps and speakers could be a totally different story.

For the most part I keep my bass at 0, but some songs I might boost it up to +3 - then depending on the song, I might want it @ 60hz, or 80hz. Personally I rarely like the sound of boosting 100hz or 120hz. The bass also has the cool feature of selecting how wide or narrow of a frequency range to set. My preference typically is narrow - setting 1 or 2.

In the end, it is all about your taste, and how things sound in your set-up. Use your ears.
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