updated 06:15 pm EST, Fri January 8, 2010
Alpine outs single-DIN head unit with Bluetooth
At a booth tour of Alpine’s new products at CES, we learned the company has released its first single-DIN car audio receiver with built-in Bluetooth support, the CDE-103BT. The functionality is powered by Parrot and users had to previously rely on a separate $180 accessory to add Bluetooth support to their Alpine head units. A dedicated ‘Phone’ button on the receiver’s faceplate lets users connect to their compatible phones.
The head unit’s LCD display can then show missed calls, dialled calls and received calls, with caller ID for saved numbers. Alpine made sure the head unit is future-proofed by ensuring software upgrades will be delivered over Bluetooth. The front panel of the head unit has a USB port and an auxiliary input connection. Its integrated amp is rated according to CEA-2006 specs at 18W RMS over four channels.
At the same time, Alpine has updated its mechanical drive-less car audio head units with the iDA-X303 and double-DIN iXA-W407 and iXA-W404, meant for digital music sources such as iPods and iPhones with support for Pandora streaming Internet audio. Pioneer has also recently brought Pandora to its AVIC-X920BT, also thanks to a docked iPhone and dedicated app.
Equally new is the INA-W900 all-in-one navigation unit. It has over six million points of interest for the US and Canada integrated into the software and there is a 7-inch touchscreen with a 800x480 resolution, which motorizes out of the way to show a CD and DVD drive. Power is rated at 18Wx4. One notable omission is Bluetooth support, though it can be added with a kit.
The CDE-103BT is now available, priced at $250. The INA-W900 will be out in February, with a suggested price of $1,100.
iDA-X305S with Pandora