Pioneer AppRadio 4 vs Alpine iLX-007

I’m pretty psyched about both of these two new models from Pioneer and Alpine.  It’s about time Pioneer ramped up their audio section in their AppRadio.  It’s nice to see they’ve finally included higher fidelity features into the new AppRadio 4 such as three 4 volt RCA preouts and a 13 band EQ.  I never understood the logic, “Well if they want apps on their radio, they obviously don’t care about system expansion or sound quality.”  The additional sound quality features and user friendly interface are a welcome change to the AppRadio series.

Pioneer App Radio 4 model SPH-DA120
Pioneer App Radio 4 model SPH-DA120

I can’t wait to test out the new iLX-007.  I think the last really exciting thing Alpine did was figure out a way to interface Pandora radio into their car stereos (Side note – the digital output on their INE-W957HD is pretty cool too, but not a lot of people take advantage of that feature or even know it exists).  Check out Alpine’s new CarPlay deck, looks pretty slick, right?

Alpine iLX-007 installed in dash
Alpine iLX-007 installed in dash

I’m writing this post now, because I anticipate both Pioneer’s AppRadio 4 and Alpine’s iLX-007 will become hot sellers during the upcoming holiday season.  Consumers are going want to know, which is the better CarPlay deck?  The AppRadio 4 of the iLX-007?

I decided to put together a feature comparison chart to best compare these two models.  This way, I’ll be ready to explain the pro’s and con’s of each when the busy shopping season arrives (Might sound silly, but seriously – the holiday season is right around the corner).

Compare the features and benefits of the Pioneer AppRadio 4 vs the Alpine iLX-007

Pioneer AppRadio 4
Alpine iLX-007
Pioneer AppRadio 4 SPH-DA120
Pioneer AppRadio 4 SPH-DA120
Alpine iLX-007 installed in dash
Alpine iLX-007 installed in dash
Screen Size6.2"7"
Customizable5 Display Colors, 112-Key Colors, 13-Background, Splash ScreenN/A
Audio Section
RCA Preouts3 pre outs (4V)3 preouts (2V)
EQ13 BandBasic 2 band, unless using Alpine Tune It App then 9 band EQ
CrossoverYes - HPF & LPF
Adjustable from 50 Hz- 200 Hz
Slope adjustment -6 dB/oct to -18 dB/oct.
Using Alpine Tune It App - HPF & LPF
Adjustable from 20 - 200 Hz
Slope adjustment 0 to -12 dB/oct.
Time AlignmentYesYes - through Alpine Tune It App only
Source & Expansion Options
BluetoothYesPhone Connection Required via USB to Lightning
USBDual Rear USB Ports1 Rear USB Port
Rear Aux inYesYes
Satellite RadioNo - N/ANo - N/A
HDMI inputYesNo
CD/DVDNo - MechlessNo - Mechless
AM/FM TunerYesYes
Reverse Camera InputYesYes
Phone App Integration
CarPlay CompatibleYes - iPhone 5 & upYes - iPhone 5 & up
AppRadio Mode for iPhone 4/4sYes - Requires CD-IU201SNo
AppRadio Mode for iPhone 5 & upYes - Requires CD-IH202, Apple Lightning to Digital AV Adapter & Apple Lightning to USB CableNo
AppRadio Mode for AndroidYes - Requires CD-AH200, compatible with select Android Devices.No

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