ALPINEâ€™S ADVANCED MOBILE MULTIMEDIA STATIONS OFFER ALL-IN-ONE SOURCE AND NAVIGATION CONTROL AT FINGERTIPS
Back January 7, 2008
TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 7, 2008 â€“ With myriad choices for information and entertainment in the car, easy connection and intuitive access to all these sources is an important consideration for the modern-day driver. Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the industry-leading manufacturer of automotive mobile media solutions, offers three innovative in-dash audio/video Mobile Multimedia Stationsâ„¢ â€“ the IVA-W505, IVA-D106 and IVA-W205 â€“ that provide an easy-to-use interface with touch-screen command over digital media sources, portable or fixed navigation systems, and BluetoothÂ® connectivity.
â€Alpineâ€™s Mobile Multimedia Stations are more than just handsome source units, they serve as the control center for a full audio/video plus navigation system,â€ said Stephen Witt, vice president, marketing and product planning, Alpine Electronics. â€Our goal is to give consumers the benefits of an integrated fixed system, with the flexibility to use their portable navigation system in multiple vehicles.â€
For the audiophile, all three Mobile Multimedia Stations have a high-resolution 24-bit DAC so audio enthusiasts can enjoy crisp, crystal-clear sound detail from their music. Each receiver boasts full processor control and multi-channel playback capabilities with Dolby DigitalÂ®, Dolby Pro-LogicÂ® II and DTSÂ® support, when connected to the appropriate system-building components. To conveniently upgrade sound quality and power, the new Alpine PXA-H100 IMPRINTâ„¢ audio processor and KTP-445 Head Unit Power Pack can be added to the new IVA-W505 and IVA-D106 head units. (Upgrades sold separately.) The PXA-H100 automatically tunes and corrects the carâ€™s inherent acoustical problems so that listeners can experience music as the artist intended, while the easy-to-install KTP-445 increases system output to a clean, highly efficient 45W x 4 RMS (at the CEA-2006 Power Rating).
IVA-W505 Double-DIN Mobile Multimedia Station
New for 2008, the double-DIN IVA-W505 is a full-featured DVD/CD/MP3/AAC/WMA/DivX audio/video head unit. Its large, crisp 7-inch WVGA touch-screen monitor enables users to easily access and command all their favorite media sources. The IVA-W505 features an all-new Graphical User Interface (GUI) with two display modes, â€œProfessionalâ€ and â€œStylish,â€ to give consumers a choice of what and how much information is displayed on the monitor.
Built on Alpineâ€™s proprietary Ai-NET BUS platform, the IVA-W505 can connect to and control a multitude of digital media sources and formats, such as XMÂ® or SIRIUSÂ® satellite radio (including XM Mini-Tuner and SIRIUS Plug And Play devices); HD Radioâ„¢ with multicasting; and Bluetooth devices, with voice-activated dialing. (Separate adapters and/or subscriptions required.) MP3/WMA players with MTP protocol and mass storage devices can easily be added via a direct USB connection. The IVA-W505 also has a high quality auxiliary input via the KCE-236B Full Speedâ„¢ to mini-jack cable (sold separately), for additional system building flexibility.
The IVA-W505 is one of two 2008 Alpine head units that feature iTunesÂ® Tagging when the TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner is connected. When users hear a song they like from an HD Radio station that is broadcasting metadata, they simply press a special button on the IVA-W505. Information about these Tagged songs is stored by the TUA-T550HD and transferred to the iPodÂ®. When the iPod is connected to the computer, iTunes automatically presents the songs in a new Tagged playlist so the user has the option to preview, buy and download the songs.
iPod music lovers who use the iPod classic (fifth and sixth generations) or iPod nano (first through third generations) can link to the IVA-W505 via a direct high-speed USB connection, resulting in fast data transfer, quick command response and superior iPod sound. If the iPod displays album art, the art also will be displayed on the IVA-W505â€™s screen. For earlier-generation iPods with a dock connector, the IVA-W505 retains Alpineâ€™s Full Speed Connection for iPod capabilities through the KCE-422i cable.
IVA-D106 Single-DIN Mobile Multimedia Station
New for 2008, the IVA-D106 Mobile Multimedia Station is a DVD/CD/MP3/AAC/WMA/DivX single-DIN head unit with a 7-inch motorized flip-up, touch screen QVGA monitor with advanced GUI, which makes operating the carâ€™s entire entertainment system easier than ever. The IVA-D106 features full control over multiple media sources and formats, including XM or SIRIUS satellite
radio; HD Radio with multicasting; Bluetooth devices, with voice-activated dialing; and CD changers. (Separate adapters and/or subscriptions required.) The IVA-D106 also offers fast control and high-quality playback for all iPods with a dock connector, including iPod with video, via the included specialized Full Speed cable. An auxiliary input via the separately-sold KCE-236B Full Speed to mini-jack cable allows additional connectivity options.
IVA-W205 Double-DIN Mobile Multimedia Station
The IVA-W205 is a double-DIN DVD/CD/MP3/WMA audio/video receiver with a 6.5-inch QVGA PulseTouchâ„¢ monitor, which gives the user tactile confirmation feedback when the monitor is touched. The IVA-W205 can also connect to a vast array of digital sources, services and devices. Easily integrate and enjoy full touch screen control over sources such as XM or SIRIUS satellite radio, HD Radio with multicasting and Bluetooth. (Separate adapters, tuner boxes and service subscriptions required.) iPods with a dock connector can be controlled directly from the head unit when used with the included KCE-422i Full Speed cable. The IVA-W205 also features Percentage Search, which takes the iPodâ€™s music library and divides it into six groups that are accessible through preset buttons on the head unit. This unique feature lets users jump to a section of their music library instead of individually scrolling through each file.
Control Centers for Navigation Systems All three Mobile Multimedia Stations can serve as control centers for Alpineâ€™s PMD-B200 Blackbirdâ„¢ portable navigation device or NVE-N872A fixed DVD-based navigation system. The IVA-W505 and IVA-W205 serve as the in-dash docking station for the second-generation PMD-B200 Blackbird portable navigation device (sold separately). The head unitsâ€™ motorized faceplates slide down to a 90-degree angle to reveal the DVD/CD slot and a dedicated slot for the PMD-B200. Once docked inside, all navigation features and user commands are automatically transferred from the PMD-B200 to the head unitsâ€™ larger touch screen display. This audio/video plus navigation (AV+N) set up, dubbed â€œDock â€˜nâ€™ Roll,â€ enables consumers to have both the car-to-car flexibility of a portable navigation device as well as the power and integrated features of an in-dash system.
Docking the PMD-B200 Blackbird into the IVA-W505 or IVA-W205 also allows the Blackbirdâ€™s hands-free calling features to be fully integrated and used through the Mobile Multimedia Station. The IVA-D106 can also be paired with the PMD-B200 Blackbird portable navigation device (additional docking station required, sold separately), with all navigation controls automatically transferred to the head unitâ€™s touch screen and/or remote control.
For those who prefer fixed navigation, the IVA-W505, IVA-W205 and IVA-D106 can be combined with the DVD-based, satellite traffic-linked NVE-N872A fixed system with updated NVD-A802 software. This powerful fixed system offers more than 9 million Points of Interest (POIs) and maps of the U.S., including Hawaii, and Canada. With the NVE-N872A, consumers can input navigation data through the Mobile Multimedia Station using any combination of voice, touch screen and/or remote control commands.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Alpine Mobile Multimedia Stations are available at authorized Alpine dealers. (Note: see attached spec sheet for complete product details, suggested retail indexes and expected shipping dates.)
Alpine Electronics 2008 Mobile Multimedia Stations
IVA-W505 â€“ 2-DIN Mobile Multimedia Station
Availability â€“ April 2008 at authorized Alpine dealers
Suggested retail index â€“ $1,100
IVA-D106 â€“ 1-DIN Mobile Multimedia Station
Availability â€“ March 2008 at authorized Alpine dealers
Suggested retail index â€“ $1,000
IVA-W205 â€“ 2-DIN Mobile Multimedia Station
Availability â€“ Now at authorized Alpine dealers
Suggested retail index â€“ $1,000
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, iPodÂ® 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, Alpineâ€™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 worldâ€™s premier manufacturers of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronics equipment. Visit www.alpine-usa.com 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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