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Alpine Electronics Introduces New 8-Inch and 7-inch Audio/Video/Navigation Systems

Back January 7, 2014

Matching dash kit program offers complete installation solutions and factory-finish look

Torrance, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2014) – New Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) systems from Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. debuted today at the 2014 International CES, taking place Jan. 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The AVN systems are available in four screen sizes.

Two years ago, Alpine introduced the largest aftermarket AVN system available in North America, the INE-Z928HD. The matching Perfect F.I.T. (Factory Integration Technology) dash kit solutions offered professional, factory-finish dash trims to complement the 8-inch monitor. This year, the company is introducing the X008U, which is the second generation of the 8-inch AVN system. The X008U is compatible with the existing Perfect F.I.T. dash kits plus new truck and SUV dash kits being introduced this year.

“Alpine’s 8-inch AVN system and Perfect F.I.T. solutions truly changed the industry. We delivered a large screen format to consumers who were unable to get one as a factory option,” said Steve Crawford, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “The X008U continues this premium experience by delivering a screen size that is well-suited for large vehicles. When the X008U is used especially with the new truck and SUV dash kits, these drivers will get a truly integrated solution that fully matches their vehicle.”

The X008U joins a robust lineup of AVN systems available in various screen sizes. The truly unique X009-GM is a new 9-inch AVN system designed for GM trucks and SUVs. Alpine also introduces the INE-W957HD, which has all the same features as the X008U but with a 7-inch screen. Rounding out the lineup is the INE-W940 with a 6.1-inch screen, which is currently available.

Perfect F.I.T.™ Dash Kit Solutions
Perfect F.I.T. dash kit solutions provide the X008U’s 8-inch screen with a seamless fit into the vehicle’s dash. Eighteen dash kits are currently available and four new kits for truck and SUV models will arrive in 2014. Each kit is designed to cosmetically match the shape, color and texture of the vehicle’s interior. The Perfect F.I.T. kits come with all necessary accessories for the plug-and-play installation of the X008U including an Alpine/vehicle-specific harness, antenna adapter (if necessary), Alpine-specific steering wheel interface, and BUS adapter (if necessary).

iDatalink® Compatibility
The X008U and INE-W957HD retains many of the factory vehicle controls through the iDatalink® Maestro module (sold separately). Users can choose customized vehicle information (diagnostic data, gauge screen, parking assist screen, etc.) to be viewed on the screen. Examples of factory features that can be retained through the X008U and INE-W957HD include: OnStar™ from GM, SYNC from Ford, factory amplified system, rear seat entertainment system, rear view camera, SiriusXM, and steering wheel controls (retained features and customized vehicle information vary by vehicle model).

TuneIt® 2.0 Sound Tuning and Sharing App
The X008U and INE-W957HD are compatible with Alpine’s exclusive TuneIt® 2.0 smartphone app. TuneIt® debuted in 2013 and is an easy-to-use sound tuning app which offers Facebook notifications. Users download the free app onto their iPhone® or Android™ smartphone and create a user profile with information about themselves, their vehicle, and their Alpine sound system. They can follow the simple instructions to adjust sound settings (like Time Correction, Parametric EQ and Crossover) for their specific vehicle, or choose from the pre-made settings in the database. Users can share settings and rate settings made by others. The sound setting activities are done through a graphical user interface on the smartphone. The phone only needs to be connected when downloading the sound setting into the AVN system; this connection can be done through USB for iPhone® or through Bluetooth® wireless technology with a compatible Android™ smartphone.

Now in its second generation, new features added to TuneIt® 2.0 include increased vehicle choices for easier profile set-up, an expanded database of Alpine speakers and subwoofers for more precise sound system tuning and Bass Engine SQ tuning. Bass Engine SQ tuning is a new feature that changes bass sound characteristics by automatically adjusting different combinations of EQ, Sub Level and Crossover settings through the choice of five bass profiles (Standard, Punch, Rich, Mid Bass, Low Bass).

Users are notified of incoming activity on their Facebook wall through a pop-up message on the X009 screen, showing the name and photo of the sender. If the user chooses to accept the notification, TuneIt® 2.0 will play the message back via text-to-speech and the user can “Like” the message through the press of a button. When the vehicle is parked, the user can view posted photos and messages or play back messages via text-to-speech.

Audio Features
Audio features available on the X008U and INE-W957HD include:

  • HD Radio™ Technology: The units have a built-in HD Radio receiver for free, crystal clear digital sound from the over 2,000 AM and FM stations broadcasting with HD Radio Technology. Alpine’s MediaXpander™ technology also provides further enhanced sound quality to HD Radio channels by adding back missing harmonics in compressed media.
  • 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 Satellite Radio: The X008U and INE-W957HD are compatible with SiriusXM when used with the SXV200 Vehicle Connect Tuner Kit (sold separately, subscription required). SiriusXM features include: Pause, rewind and replay up to 30 minutes of missed content from any Smart Favorite channel; start songs from the beginning when tuned to any Smart Favorite music channel using the TuneStart™ feature; scan and select songs on Smart Favorite music channels with TuneScan™. Customers purchasing the SXV200 will receive a three-month All Access Package subscription from SiriusXM with access to every satellite radio channel, including all premium content, as well as SiriusXM Internet Radio access outside the vehicle.
  • iPod® and iPhone®: The units are “Made for iPod and iPhone” compatible and have rear USB access.

Video and Navigation Features
The new AVN systems each have a full WVGA high-resolution screen for crisp, detailed picture quality. They have Independent Dual Zone, which lets drivers use a source in the dash while the back seat passengers enjoy a separate video on the rear seat screen (optional screen sold separately). Both the X008U and INE-W957HD have MHL compatible HDMI inputs, allowing for flexible connectivity to a wide variety of mobile devices.

Alpine’s proprietary navigation interface includes pre-loaded maps of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), 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 available at each exit (gas, food, ATMs, etc.) to help drivers make quick decisions while en route. The system comes with a free lifetime traffic monitoring service.

Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Features
The X008U and INE-W957HD use Alpine’s advanced Bluetooth® wireless technology. Ease-of-use features include secure simple pairing (SSP); phone battery, cellular signal level and received message icons; as well as call waiting. Sound quality features include MediaXpander™ technology, improved audio streaming, and enhanced phone call sound quality. All models come with a separate microphone that can be mounted near the driver’s mouth for optimum sound quality and performance.

Enhanced “My Favorites” Customizable Settings
Both AVN systems have the popular “My Favorites” feature, which lets users customize quick-access screens with up to eighty shortcuts to their most-used features. Two separate users can each design as many as ten Favorites page profiles of eight shortcuts per page, Shortcuts can be created from audio sources, navigation commands (favorite places direct search, nearest Point of Interest [POI] search), and phone settings (favorite person direct call). The shortcuts are easily added by pressing the shortcut soft key that appears within all audio and hands-free sources. The Alpine system recognizes each user’s profile (via Bluetooth® wireless technology from his or her smartphone) and automatically loads the user’s system preferences when he or she enters the vehicle.

The 2014 Alpine AVN systems and Perfect F.I.T. dash kit solutions will be available at authorized Alpine retailers, visit www.alpine-usa.com for a store locator.

X008U 8-inch AVN System

  • Designed for Alpine’s Perfect F.I.T.™ dash kit solutions
  • HD Radio™ receiver built-in
  • Works with Pandora® internet radio for iPhone® and Android™
  • Made for iPod® and iPhone®
  • Siri Eyes Free Mode
  • iDatalink® Maestro module compatible (sold separately)
  • SiriusXM Ready (SXV200 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • Free lifetime NAVTEQ Traffic RDS
  • My Favorites customizable profile setting
  • iPersonalize sound field setting feature
  • Direct input for rear or front camera systems
  • Nine-band parametric EQ with time correction and MediaXpander™ Pro
  • 4V pre-amp outputs
  • Built-in 18W x 4 amplifier (at CEA-2006 rating)
  • Rear USB port
  • Steering wheel remote ready
  • Available: May
  • SRI: $2,100.00

INE-W957HD 7-inch AVN System

  • HD Radio™ receiver built-in
  • Works with Pandora® internet radio for iPhone® and Android™
  • Made for iPod® and iPhone®
  • Siri Eyes Free Mode
  • iDatalink® Maestro module compatible (sold separately)
  • SiriusXM Ready (SXV200 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • Free lifetime NAVTEQ Traffic RDS
  • My Favorites customizable profile setting
  • iPersonalize sound field setting feature
  • Direct input for rear or front camera systems
  • Nine-band parametric EQ with time correction and MediaXpander™ Pro
  • 4V pre-amp outputs
  • Built-in 18W x 4 amplifier (at CEA-2006 rating)
  • Rear USB port
  • Available: May
  • SRI: $1,500.00

INE-W940 6.1-inch AVN System

  • Works with Pandora® internet radio for iPhone®, Android™ and BlackBerry®
  • Made for iPod® and iPhone®
  • SiriusXM Ready (SXV200 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • Direct input for camera systems
  • Nine-band parametric EQ with time correction and MediaXpander™ Pro
  • 2V pre-amp outputs
  • Built-in 18W x 4 amplifier (at CEA-2006 rating)
  • Rear USB port
  • Steering wheel remote ready
  • Available: Now
  • SRI: $900.00

Perfect F.I.T.™ Dash Kit Solutions for the X008UU 8-inch AVN system
The following dash kits will be introduced in 2014, pricing and availability TBA:

  • GM Trucks, 2014-Up (KTX-GM8K2)
  • GM Trucks, 2007-2013 (KTX-GM8UP)
  • Dodge Ram, 2008-2012 (KTX-RPU8)
  • Cadillac Escalade, 2007-Up (KTX-ESD8)

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

  • Ford F-150, 2009-Present (KTX-FPU8); SRI: $300.00
  • Ford Mustang, 2011-Present (KTX-MTG8); SRI: $600.00
  • Ford Fusion, 2010-Present (KTX-FUS8); SRI: $300.00
  • Ford Escape, 2013 model (KTX-ECP8); SRI: $300.00
  • GM Trucks and SUVs, Various 2007-2011 models in Beige (KTX-GM8-O); SRI: $400.00
  • GM Trucks and SUVs, Various 2007-2011 models in Silver (KTX-GM8S) or Woodgrain (KTX-GM8W-O); SRI: $500.00
  • Toyota Tundra, 2007-2013 (KTX-TND8); SRI: $200.00
  • Toyota Tacoma, 2012 model (KTX-TCM8-S); SRI: $200.00
  • Toyota Camry, 2012 model (KTX-CMY8-S); SRI: $250.00
  • Toyota Prius, 2009-Present (KTX-PRS8-S); SRI: $200.00
  • Toyota RAV4, 2009-Present (KTS-RV48-S); SRI: $300.00
  • Nissan Altima, 2007-2012 (KTX-ALT48); SRI: $250.00
  • Nissan Altima, 2013-Present (KTX-ALT58); SRI: $300.00
  • Mazda 3, 2011-2013 (KTX-M38); SRI: $250.00
  • Volkswagen Jetta and Passat, 2011-Present (KTX-VW8); SRI: $250.00
  • Kia Optima, 2011-2013 (KTX-OPT8); SRI: $200.00
  • Universal Trim Bezel (KTX-UTB8); SRI: $30.00
  • Bracket kit for the following Ford vehicles: 2005-2013 Super Duty, 2004-2008 F-150, 2007-2013 Navigator, 2007-2011 Edge, 2006-2009 Fusion, 2007-2013 Expedition, 2005-2010
  • Mustang, 2006-2010 Explorer, 2005-2013 Five Hundred, 2004-2013 Freestar (KTX-FDB8); SRI: $40.00

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.

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. iPod®, iPhone®, and Made for iPod® and iPhone® are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. 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. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. AHA is a trademark of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. iDatalink is a trademark of Automotive Data Solutions, Inc. Chevrolet, GMC, Camaro, Silverado, Avalanche, Sierra and Yukon are registered trademark of General Motors Corporation. Ford, Mustang, Fusion, F-150, Super Duty, Navigator, Edge, Explorer, Five Hundred and Freestar are registered trademarks of Ford Motors Corporation. Toyota, Camry, RAV4, Prius, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra are registered trademarks of Toyota Motor Corporation. Volkswagen, Jetta, and Passat are registered trademarks of Volkswagen. Optima is a registered trademark of Kia. Altima is a registered trademark of Nissan. 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 more information about Alpine’s aftermarket products, visit www.alpine-usa.com.

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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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