The leading manufacturer of in-car audio equipment, Alpine has recently produced its latest touch-screen iXA-W404 media station that comes with the latest interface, new features and all the connected luxuries a mobile enthusiast may require.
The 4.3-inch, touch-screen show album art of the song being played, the titles of the succeeding two and the most recent songs played plus a capability of alphabetical song selection just like in the iPod Touch and iPhone.
The latest unit by Alpine has video playback capabilities via an iPhone or any 30-pin iPod. The W404 unit permits the display of three (out of a total of five) widgets built into the unit including a calendar, clock, and photo viewer and can be upgraded with the addition of components from Alpine compatible lineup ranging from GPS, HD Radio, rear-view camera and Bluetooth connectivity.
Besides these, the W404 unit can furthermore control video and rear seat monitors. With a suggested retail price of $550, the Alpine 2DIN iXA-W404 will be available for sale by April this year.
Pricing for add-ons are as follows: HD radio turner, $230; rear-view camera $220; Bluetooth module, $180; a dual 7-inch headrest monitor pack, $750 and navigation system, $350.
Customers could transform the iXA-W404 into touch-screen navigation system by availing of the Alpine NVE-P1 Navigation Drive and PMD-DOK2 Docking Station, each sold separately. Alpine's NVE-P1 provides a number of features like preloaded NAVTEQ map data of the United States and Canada, Bluetooth hands-free functionality and text-to-speech driving instructions.
Drivers would also find helpful the HCE-C105 back-up camera system. Entertainment for the rear passengers comes courtesy of rear-seat entertainment options like the PKG-RSE2 DVD Rear Seat Entertainment Package and the PKG-M780 Dual 7-inch Headrest Monitor Package. Both options can be controlled by the iXA-W404, which also features three pairs of 2V pre-outs and a built-in 18W RMS x 4 amplifier (using CEA-2006 power ratings).
Customers wanting a more defined audio experience could enjoy the cutting-edge Alpine IMPRINT audio processing by availing of the Alpine PXA-H100 IMPRINT Audio Processor.
The PXA-H100 system allows occupants to enjoy better sound from any digital media source by automatically tuning and rectifying the vehicle's inherent acoustical issues. Customers may also augment the iXA-W404 with the KTP-445 Head Unit Power Pack that provides 45 watts of RMS power to each audio channel, thereby enhancing the musical experience inside the vehicle.