Alpine Electronics Expands Entertainment Options for AVN and AV Systems

Back January 5, 2017

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ compatibility are now available for these universal systems

Torrance, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2017) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. debuted three new 8 and 7-inch screen-based systems at the 2017 International CES, taking place Jan. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. All models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ compatibility and can also serve as control hubs for system expansion with external accessories, drive assist cameras and rear seat entertainment products.

“We’re excited to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in these new systems,” said Steve Crawford, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “Alpine is the only manufacturer to offer aftermarket connectivity solutions in a selection of systems ranging from the standard 7-inch to the oversize, vehicle-specific 8 and 9-inch sizes.”

The new lineup consists of three mech-less systems: the 8-inch Alpine Restyle X208U audio/video/navigation (AVN) system, the 7-inch INE-W977HD AVN system and the iLX-207 audio/video (AV) system. The X208U is compatible with vehicle-specific Alpine Restyle dash kits that come with all needed accessories for the plug-and-play installation of the X208U, while the INE-W977HD and iLX-207 are for universal application in vehicles.

Optimized Smart Phone Connectivity
The X208U, INE-W977HD and iLX-207 are optimized for connectivity with an iPhone or Android™ phone. The systems are designated as “Work with Apple CarPlay” models. Apple CarPlay lets iPhone users make and receive calls, access text messages, play music, and get directions in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road. Apple CarPlay is accessed through the capacitive touch screen or “Voice” hard key with Siri voice control and is compatible with iPhone 5 and later, including iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and the latest version of iOS.

The three models are also Android Auto compatible. Android Auto was designed with safety in mind. With a simple and intuitive interface, integrated steering wheel controls, and powerful new voice actions, it’s designed to minimize distraction so drivers can stay focused on the road. The corresponding audio, driving directions and phone calls from either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto are played through the vehicle’s speaker system. 

System Expansion Capabilities
All three models can serve as control hubs for other accessories. When used with the optional KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately), the screen becomes a hub for touch screen control of add-on electrical accessories like a motorized tonneau cover, winch, LED lights, etc. Eight outputs are available to control eight relay-connected accessories. A graphical icon and custom text can be assigned to each accessory for quick identification on the screen. The individual outputs can be configured as Pulsed, Latched or Momentary.

The models are compatible with Alpine’s rear and front camera systems and can be used with the optional KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Controller (sold separately) to manage multiple camera systems. The KCX-C250MC allows up to three camera systems (rear, front, side) to be controlled from the screen for one-touch viewing of the camera images.

DVD or CD entertainment can be added to any of the systems with the optional DVE-5300 add-on DVD player. The KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately) can also be added to retain HDMI capability when the X2008U, INE-W977HD or iLX-207 is connected to the DVE-5300. It uses an HDMI connection for maximum signal quality and a digital optical connection for output to an external processor (processor sold separately).

Audio Features

Audio features on the X208U, INE-W977HD and iLX-207 include:

  • FLAC compatibility (Free Lossless Audio Codec): FLAC files can be played on the new models via USB, providing a truer listening experience.
  • HD Radio™ Technology: The models have a built-in HD Radio receiver for free, crystal clear digital sound from the more than 2,000 AM and FM stations broadcasting with HD Radio Technology.
  • Pandora® internet radio: Pandora control is available from iPhone® and Android smartphones. Users can create new Pandora stations, rate songs with the thumbs up or down rating system, and bookmark songs for later purchase from the touchscreen.
  • SiriusXM: They are SiriusXM-Ready™ and connect to the SiriusXM SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, subscription required). SiriusXM features include: album art; display of channel logos; pause, rewind and replay up to 60 minutes of content while listening to satellite radio; start songs from the beginning when tuned to any favorite music channel using TuneStart™; scan and select songs on favorite music channels with TuneScan™.
  • iPod® and iPhone: The units are “Made for iPod and iPhone” compatible and have USB access to their iTunes library.
  • Alpine TuneIt® App: The units are compatible with the Alpine TuneIt App, a free smartphone app for sound tuning. The app allows for tweaking of sound settings (like Time Correction, Parametric EQ and Crossover) via hand-picked adjustments or from pre-made settings in the database. If the vehicle has Alpine speakers and subwoofers, these items can also be selected for more precise tuning of the audio system. Settings can be shared with and rated by other users.
  • Alpine’s MediaXpander® technology: This technology provides further enhanced sound quality by adding back missing harmonics in compressed media.

Video and Navigation Features
The three models each have an HDMI input for video entertainment through connectivity to HDMI-enabled devices (HDMI cable sold separately). Each system also has an HDMI output, allowing for full digital audio/video output to a rear seat entertainment system (sold separately). The dual zone video control allows the driver to use a source in the dash while the rear seat passengers enjoy a separate video in the back.

The X208U and INE-W977HD come with onboard navigation systems with free lifetime HERE® traffic RDS service, pre-loaded maps of the United States and Canada and more than seven million Points of Interest (POIs). Major landmarks, buildings and terrain details are depicted in 3D. Driving directions are delivered through text-to-speech announcements and the highway services list displays the services at each exit (gas, ATM, etc.).

Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Features
Alpine’s advanced Bluetooth® wireless technology features include secure simple pairing (SSP); multipoint technology which allows for pairing and connecting of two different Bluetooth devices at the same time; phone battery, cellular signal level and received message indicators; as well as call waiting.

iDatalink® Maestro® Compatibility
The X208U, INE-W977HD and iLX-207 retain various factory features through compatibility with the iDatalink Maestro module (sold separately). The retained features and customized vehicle information will vary by vehicle model, examples include: OnStar® from GM, SYNC® from Ford, SiriusXM, factory amplified system, rear seat entertainment system, rear view camera and steering wheel controls. Customized vehicle information (diagnostic data, gauge screen, parking assist screen, etc.) may also be viewable.

Customizable Settings
The X208U and INE-W977HD have smartphone connectivity powered by Airbiquity® for iPhone and Android based smartphones, featuring a portfolio of useful and popular infotainment content. The companion Alpine Connect smartphone app provides simple content selection and user personalization and integrates it into the Alpine system’s user and navigation interfaces. Current Alpine Connect content includes: iHeartRadio® for streaming live radio stations from across the country, custom music stations, 24/7 news, on-demand podcasts, and the best in sports, talk and comedy programming; Yelp® for finding local places to eat, drink, and shop; and Glympse® for sharing locations with friends and family; and Spotify® for streaming music and playlists. Additional content will be added to Alpine Connect in 2017.

The “My Favorites” feature lets users customize a quick-access screen with shortcuts to their most-used features. Shortcuts can be created from audio sources, navigation commands and phone settings. If the chosen radio station broadcasts metadata, the metadata is fed into the radio station icon so the user can see the current song before choosing the radio station.

The X208U, INE-W977HD, iLX-207, and system expansion products are available at authorized Alpine retailers, visit www.alpine-usa.com for a store locator.

X208U Mech-less 8-inch Restyle Dash System

  • 8-inch anti-glare capacitive touch screen
  • Designed for use with Alpine Restyle dash kit solutions
  • Works with Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto™ compatible
  • Audio, video, navigation and Bluetooth® feature set
  • Touch screen control of truck accessories via KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately)
  • 4-way swipe action graphical interface control
  • Touch screen control of multiple camera systems via KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HD Radio Tuner built-in
  • Made for iPod and iPhone
  • SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • Pandora control from iPhone and Android smartphones
  • FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB
  • Alpine TuneIt App integration
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • Free lifetime HERE® Traffic RDS
  • Alpine Connect infotainment service and companion smartphone app featuring in-dash content from iHeartRadio®, Yelp®, Glympse®, and Spotify®
  • My Favorites feature provides custom shortcuts to favorite audio sources, places and phone numbers
  • HDMI input via KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HDMI output for digital connection to rear seat entertainment system
  • Independent dual zone video control for separate front and rear video sources
  • Available May, SRI: $2,000

Alpine Restyle Dash Kit Solutions for the X208U 8-inch AVN system

The following dash kits are available now at authorized Alpine retailers:

  • RAM trucks, 2013-Up (KTX-RPU8); SRI: $400
  • Chevrolet Silverado, 2014-Up (KTX-GM8K2); SRI: $500
  • GM Trucks and SUVs, Various 2007-2014 models in Black (KTX-GM8-O); SRI: $400
  • Bracket kit for the following Ford trucks and SUVs: 2005-Up Super Duty, 2004-2008 F-150, 2007-2013 Navigator, 2007-2013 Expedition, 2006-2010 Explorer (KTX-FDB8); SRI: $40
  • Universal Trim Bezel (KTX-UTB8); SRI: $30

INE-W977HD Mech-less 7-inch Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) System

  • 7-inch anti-glare capacitive touch screen
  • Audio, video, navigation and Bluetooth® feature set
  • Works with Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto™ compatible
  • Touch screen control of truck accessories via KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately)
  • 4-way swipe action graphical interface control
  • Touch screen control of multiple camera systems via KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (sold separately
  • HD Radio Tuner built-in
  • Made for iPod and iPhone
  • SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • Pandora control from iPhone and Android smartphones
  • FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB
  • Alpine TuneIt App integration
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • Free lifetime HERE® Traffic RDS
  • Alpine Connect infotainment service and companion smartphone app featuring in-dash content from iHeartRadio®, Yelp®, Glympse®, and Spotify®
  • My Favorites feature provides custom shortcuts to favorite audio sources, places and phone numbers
  • HDMI input via KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HDMI output for digital connection to rear seat entertainment system
  • Independent dual zone video control for separate front and rear video sources
  • Available May, SRI: $1,500

iLX-207 Mech-less Audio/Video (AV) system

  • 7-inch anti-glare capacitive touch screen
  • Audio, video and Bluetooth feature set
  • Works with Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto™ compatible
  • Touch screen control of truck accessories via KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately)
  • 4-way swipe action graphical interface control
  • Touch screen control of multiple camera systems via KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (sold separately
  • HD Radio Tuner built-in
  • Made for iPod and iPhone
  • SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • Pandora control from iPhone and Android smartphones
  • FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB
  • Alpine TuneIt App integration
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • Free lifetime HERE® Traffic RDS
  • My Favorites feature provides custom shortcuts to favorite audio sources, places and phone numbers
  • HDMI input via KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HDMI output for digital connection to rear seat entertainment system
  • Independent dual zone video control for separate front and rear video sources
  • Available March, SRI: $900

Additional Models with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are:

X209-WRA 9-inch Alpine Restyle Dash System for 2011-Up Jeep Wrangler

  • Available April, SRI: $4,000

i209-WRA Mech-less 9-inch Alpine Restyle Dash System for 2011-Up Jeep Wrangler

  • Available April, SRI: $2,200

KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module

  • Allows the system to be used as a hub for touch screen control of add-on third-party electronically controlled accessories
  • Eight outputs to control eight relay-connected accessories as Selectable On/Off, Continuous or Pulsed
  • Customizable on screen icons and labels
  • Available now, SRI: $250

KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface

  • Allows up to three camera systems to be controlled from the touch screen
  • Available now, SRI: $200

KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface

  • Adds an HDMI input when used with the DVE-5300 for connection to HDMI-enabled devices
  • Available now, SRI: $200

DVE-5300 Add-On DVD Player for Mech-less Systems

  • Compatible with X208U, INE-W977HD, iLX-207 and optional Alpine rear seat entertainment systems
  • HDMI connection for maximum signal quality
  • Optical output for optional processor control
  • Automotive-grade DVD mechanism for on-the-road reliability
  • Media playback options (DVD Video, DVD+R/RW, DCD-R/RW, DivX, JPEG, MP3)
  • Compatible with optional HDMI switcher (KCX-630HD) to retain HDMI input
  • Available now, SRI: $380

Notice: Product information is based upon current information at the time of press, but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications and delivery dates are subject to change without notice.

TuneIt and MediaXpander are registered trademarks of Alpine Electronics, Inc. iPhone, CarPlay, Works with Apple CarPlay, iPod, iPhone, and Made for iPod and iPhone are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google Inc. PANDORA, the PANDORA logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc., used with permission. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc. and its subsidiaries. “HD Radio” is a trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Alpine Electronics, Inc. is under license. iDatalink is a trademark of Automotive Data Solutions, Inc. Chevrolet and Silverado are registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation. Ford, F-150, Super Duty, Navigator and Expedition and SYNC are registered trademarks of Ford Motors Corporation. Airbiquity is a trademark of Airbiquity Inc. HERE is a registered trademark of HERE Global B.V. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

About Alpine Electronics
Alpine Electronics is an automotive electronics manufacturer that provides consumers and leading auto makers with audio, video, navigation and driver assistance products. The company specializes in system integration solutions with innovative vehicle entertainment and information technologies. Alpine’s R&D and manufacturing facilities in Japan, China, Europe and North America ensure that all products address the real world requirements of drivers in each market. The company is committed to developing safe, comfortable and eco-friendly automotive electronics products.

For information about Alpine’s aftermarket products, visit www.alpine-usa.com and these social media channels: Facebook: facebook.com/AlpineUSA, Instagram: instagram.com/AlpineUSA, Twitter: twitter.com/AlpineUSA

Notice: Product information is based upon current information at the time of writing, but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications and delivery dates are subject to change without notice.

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