Back January 7, 2008

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 7, 2008 – Car enthusiasts know that upgrading their vehicles can be almost addictive. Once they start with one item, their enthusiasm for more grows. But taking that first step can be intimidating, leaving consumers wondering where to start without jumping into a complete overhaul. For those consumers who want to improve the sound of their system, but don’t want to purchase separate amplifiers, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. is offering a new Head Unit Power Pack expansion module. The KTP-445 packs big power in a small space, providing an easy power upgrade for improved sound quality.

Winner of a CES Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award in the In-Vehicle Audio category, the KTP-445 is a unique product that connects to any 2008 Alpine head unit. Its narrow size and slim width allows it to fit behind the head unit in the dash cavity of most vehicles. The KTP-445 connects in-line with the head unit’s power harness, without the need for additional wiring or special tuning. A high/low gain switch allows the Head Unit Power Pack to work with any Alpine head unit with a black wiring harness right out of the box, yet it also has a built-in selectable HP crossover (Off/80/120Hz @ -12dB/Oct) for system expansion.

“If you want great sound but don’t know where to start, it can be daunting. The new KTP-445 Head Unit Power Pack opens the door to new car audio fans with an easy upgrade that achieves an instant increase in power and sound performance,” said Stephen Witt, vice president, marketing and product planning, Alpine Electronics.

The KTP-445 amplifies the head unit power output to a clean 45W x 4 RMS (CEA-2006 rated), significantly increasing power output over the typical 16 to 18W RMS and providing more headroom for music dynamics. The result is a 150 percent power increase compared to the power from the built-in head unit amplifier. The KTP-445 uses an advanced digital design that provides an extremely clean power output with very high efficiency, making the bass tighter and highs clearer.

The amplification module has a new digital switch mode technology based on trickle-down technologies from Alpine’s award-winning PDX amplifiers. The unit’s efficient digital technology keeps cool under the toughest conditions.

Pricing and Availability
The KTP-445 Head Unit Power Pack will be available in March 2008 at authorized Alpine dealers for a $120 SRI.

About Alpine Electronics Alpine Electronics is a global supplier of automotive mobile media solutions including audio, video, satellite-linked navigation and portable device connectivity systems for original equipment and aftermarket applications. Alpine is at the forefront of vehicle entertainment and information system innovation, with many first-to-market technologies such as portable navigation that docks into an in-dash unit, iPod® integration, full-range digital amplification and automated acoustical correction sound systems.

With manufacturing and R&D facilities in Japan, China, Europe and North America, and more than 1,600 global patents, Alpine’s premium sound systems and user-friendly navigation products combine the latest in advanced technology with an enhanced user experience.

Alpine is a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world’s premier manufacturers of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronics equipment. Visit to learn more about Alpine products or to find an authorized retailer.

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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