Alpine Ingrained in Your DashJanuary 16, 2013 By Jack Cotter
Alpine displayed a variety of new products at 2013 CES with some brand new in-dash receivers and award-winning features like Siri Eyes Free Mode and TuneIt. Alpine also brought the noise with brand new amplifier and subwoofer lines.
AVN solutions in Three Sizes
Alpine is expanding its audio-video-navigation (AVN) lineup by adding the seven-inch INE-W927HD. Also new is the 6.1-inch INE-W940. The full lineup includes 2012 holdovers the eight-inch INE-Z928HD, and the 6.1-inch INE-S920HD. These give Alpine three different screen sizes to offer for installations.
"The addition of the 7-inch INE-W927HD makes us well-suited to offer consumers a range of AVN systems so they can find the one that best fits their needs," said Steve Crawford, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.
"The 8-inch INE-Z928HD continues to be a popular unit, and we are pleased to see how retailers and consumers have embraced this product using our Perfect F.I.T. installation kits as well as custom installs."
The Perfect Fit program is updated with a number of new dash kits that will be made available in 2013, with pricing and release dates not yet available.
Siri Eyes Free Mode
Alpine won a CES Innovations award for its ICS-X7HD in-dash receiver with Siri Eyes Free Mode. Drivers using an Apple device running iOS 6 can direct Siri to control music, calls and apps through the head unit. The ICS-X7HD will be able to use MirrorLink to connect to the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and the company expects to add MirrorLink compatibility with more phones in the coming year. The ICS-X7HD will be available in March for $599.95.
Also winning a CES Innovations award is Alpine's TuneIt app. The iPhone and Android app lets drivers tune audio. A 9-band parametric EQ can be adjusted for center frequency, level, time correction and more. TuneIt will be available in March exclusively on three new CD receivers, the $299.95 CDE-HD149BT, the $249.95 CDE-HD148BT, and the $199.95 CDE-147BT.
Alpine has six new SiriusXM-Ready receivers for 2013. The new CDE-SXM145BT includes new SiriusXM features, Tune Scan and Tune Start. Tune Scan allows the user to scan through songs from his or her personal music channel presents. Tune Start plays songs from the beginning whenever a user tunes to a preset music channel. The CDE-SXM145BT will be available in February for $199.95