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ALPINE ADDS TWO NEW CD HEAD UNITS FOR 2009

Back January 8, 2009

New CDA-105 and CDE-102 Receivers Join Line Up

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 8, 2009 – The industry-leading manufacturer of automotive mobile media solutions, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., presents four high-performance CD receivers this year that deliver high-quality music playback and multiple options for digital connectivity, including seamless iPod® and Bluetooth® integration. The line up includes two new 2009 model head units, the CDA-105 and CDE-102, which join the CDA-9887 and CDA-9886.

All four CD head units offered in 2009 are optimized for iPod use, answering the wildly popular demand for a fully integrated iPod experience in the car. Enhanced features sure to delight the iPod enthusiast include full iPod access and control from the head unit, on-screen display of song information and the Percentage Search function, which takes the iPod music library and divides it evenly into six groups for quick, easy file navigation.

“Alpine’s 2009 CD head units are really in-dash connectivity hubs that give consumers the flexibility to build great sound systems that fit their needs,” said Stephen Witt, vice president, marketing, Alpine Electronics. “Every unit in the line up delivers the best sound quality for CDs, iPod or MP3 playback, and these models match many in-vehicle lifestyles and budgets.”

As “Made for iPod” and “Works with iPhone” devices, the new CDA-105 and CDE-102 feature full iPod and iPhone® support. The CDA-105 also boasts convenient iTunes® Tagging functionality when used with the Alpine TUA-T550HD HD Radio™ Tuner (sold separately). When users hear a song they like on an HD Radio station that’s broadcasting metadata, they can “Tag” the song by pressing and holding the “Enter” button on the head unit. Information about these Tagged songs is transferred to the iPod. 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 from iTunes, if desired. Consumers can also add Bluetooth hands-free calling to any of the four Alpine CD head units by adding on the Alpine KCE-400BT Bluetooth Interface Module (sold separately, additional cables may be required). The KCE-400BT is Powered by Parrot and lets consumers conduct hands-free phone conversations that are played through the vehicle’s sound system, making it safer and much more convenient to make calls while behind the wheel. Users can view and control their phone book and call information on the head unit’s display. All four head units can also support cellular or portable devices that stream music over Bluetooth wireless technology.

The KTP-445 Head Unit Power Pack (available April 2009) can be added to any of these head units, providing higher power output and more dynamic response. The KTP-445 fits behind the head unit in the dash of most vehicles. It amplifies the head unit’s power output, resulting in a 150 percent power increase over the head unit’s built-in power. The KTP-445’s advanced digital design provides a clean power output with very high efficiency, making the bass tighter and the highs clearer.

CDA-105
The new CDA-105 is a full-featured CD/MP3/WMA/AAC receiver that’s ideal for those who want to build a custom sound system that’s fully optimized for iPod and iPhone use, but still want to play CDs. The CDA-105 uses a digital USB connection for high-speed iPod/iPhone file access and data transmission (Alpine KCU-440i cable required). It has full iPod search capabilities, including search by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Podcasts, Audiobooks and Composers. USB thumb drives and hard drives can also be connected to this USB input.

Built on Alpine’s proprietary Ai-NET platform, the CDA-105 can connect to a wide variety of digital entertainment options for a robust, custom audio system. Available sources include HD Radio with iTunes Tagging and multicasting and satellite radio. (Separate tuners, adapters and subscriptions required.) The built-in “Phone” button on the head unit offers easy one-touch access to a paired Bluetooth phone for hands-free phone calls. (Alpine KCE-400BT Bluetooth Interface Module required, sold separately.) Discerning audio enthusiasts can also enjoy better sound, faster, with the addition of the Alpine PXA-H100 IMPRINT™ Audio Processor (sold separately).

The CDA-105 boasts a multi-bit DAC for premium sound quality even when using iPod as a source, as well as a built-in 18W RMS x 4 amplifier (at CEA-2006 Power Ratings), HP crossover and three sets of pre-outs. It also has a two-line dot matrix LCD display.

CDE-102
The new CDE-102 CD head unit features a front panel USB port for memory sticks and portable hard drives, as well as a front panel auxiliary mini-jack input. It is ideal for consumers looking for an integrated solution for music playback from a memory stick, portable hard drive or portable music player. “Made for iPod” and “Works with iPhone” connectivity, as well as Bluetooth hands-free calling with a convenient “Phone” button on the head unit, allows for easy integration of these must-have portables into the vehicle’s sound system. (Separate cables and modules required.) With a built-in 18W RMS x 4 amplifier (at CEA-2006 Power Ratings), HP crossover and two sets of pre-outs, the CDE-102 offers flexible opportunities to build a complete Alpine sound system.

CDA-9886
In addition to the two 2009 CD head unit models, Alpine continues to offer the CDA-9886. The CDA-9886 is a high-performance CD-R/-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA head unit that can connect to various digital media sources and formats, including iPod, Bluetooth hands-free calling, HD Radio, satellite radio and USB mass storage devices for a truly integrated in-car digital experience. (Separate cables, tuners, adapters and subscriptions required.)

The CDA-9886’s three pairs of 4V pre-amp outputs make it easy to build a fully amplified system. The unit also features a built-in 18W x 4 RMS amplifier (at CEA-2006 Power Ratings), HP crossover, blue illumination and backlit buttons. Using Alpine’s own BioLite® display, the CDA-9886 displays animated icons for each source that is connected to the unit, along with two lines of text.

CDA-9887
The CDA-9887 is a CD-R/-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA receiver and the first aftermarket head unit to fully incorporate Alpine’s IMPRINT sound engine processing, resulting in better sound, faster, in the vehicle. (Alpine KTX-100EQ IMPRINT tuning kit required.) The CDA-9887 is also ready for iPod, Bluetooth hands-free calling, HD Radio and satellite radio. (Separate cables, tuners, adapters and subscriptions required.) It has three pairs of 4V pre-outs and a built-in 18W x 4 RMS amplifier (at CEA-2006 Power Ratings).

Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Alpine head units are available at authorized Alpine dealers. (Note: see attached spec sheet for complete product details, suggested retail indexes and shipping dates.)

Alpine Electronics 2009 CD Head Units

CDA-105 – CD-R/-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA Head Unit
Connectivity Features:
  • Made for iPod” and “Works with iPhone” support
  • USB connection for iPod®/iPhone® and USB storage devices (KCU-440i cable required)
  • Satellite Radio Ready (separate adapters and subscriptions required)
  • HD Radioâ„¢ Ready with iTunes® Tagging and multicasting (TUA-T550HD required)
  • Bluetooth® Ready with streaming audio support (KCE-400BT required)
  • USB MP3/WMA Ready
Audio Features:
  • Multi-bit DAC
  • 3 pre-outs (2V), subwoofer level control
  • Built-in 18W RMS x 4 amplifier (at CEA-2006 Power Ratings)
  • High-pass crossover
  • Bass center frequency control, treble center frequency control
  • IMPRINTâ„¢ Ready (PXA-H100 required)
  • Head Unit Power Pack Ready (KTP-445 required)
Control/Display Features:
  • iPod Percentage Search
  • iPod Back button
  • Phone button for Bluetooth
  • Two-line dot matrix LCD display
  • Steering wheel remote ready
  • Remote control ready
Availability – March
Suggested retail index – $230
CDE-102 – CD Head Unit
Connectivity Features:
  • “Made for iPod” and “Works with iPhone” support
  • Full Speed Connectionâ„¢ for iPod/iPhone (KCE-433iV cable required)
  • Front panel auxiliary input
  • Front panel USB port
  • Bluetooth Ready with streaming audio support (KCE-400BT required)
Audio Features:
  • 1-bit DAC
  • 2 pre-outs (2V)
  • High-pass crossover
  • Built-in 18W x 4 RMS amplifier (at CEA-2006 Power Ratings)
  • MP3/WMA/AAC playback
  • Head Unit Power Pack Ready (KTP-445 required)
Control/Display Features:
  • iPod Percentage Search
  • Quick Search
  • Phone button for Bluetooth
  • One-line LCD display
  • Rotary volume knob

Availability – January
Suggested retail index – $180

CDA-9886 – CD-R/-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA Head Unit
Connectivity Features:
  • Full Speed Connection for iPod (cable included)
  • USB support for mass storage drives (KCE-220UB cable required)
  • Satellite Radio Ready (separate adapters and subscriptions required)
  • HD Radio Ready with multicasting (TUA-T550HD required)
  • Bluetooth Ready with streaming audio support (KCE-400BT and KWE-460E cable required)
  • Full Speed AUX input using KCE-236B Full Speed to mini-jack cable
Audio Features:
  • 24-bit DSP with integrated DAC (8x over-sampling)
  • IMPRINT Ready with dual input capability (PXA-H100 required)
  • Head Unit Power Pack Ready (KTP-445 required)
  • 3 pre-outs (4V), subwoofer level control
  • High-pass crossover (selectable 80/120/160Hz)
  • Bass center frequency control with Q, treble center frequency control
  • Black Out mode
  • Built-in 18W x 4 RMS amplifier (at CEA-2006 Power Ratings)
Control/Display Features:
  • iPod Percentage Search
  • Quick Search
  • BioLite® high-definition display with animated source icons
  • Blue illumination
  • Rotary encoder volume control
  • Spanish language compatible
  • Steering wheel remote ready
  • Remote control included
Availability – January 2008
Suggested retail index – $350
CDA-9887 – CD-R/-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA Head Unit
Connectivity Features:
  • Full Speed Connection for iPod (cable required)
  • Satellite Radio Ready (separate adapters and subscriptions required)
  • HD Radio Ready with multicasting (TUA-T550HD required)
  • Bluetooth Ready with streaming audio support (KCE-400BT and KWE-460E cable required)
  • CD changer ready
Audio Features:
  • 24-bit Burr Brown DAC
  • 3 pre-outs (4V), subwoofer level control
  • Built-in IMPRINT sound processing with Audyssey MultEQ® XT Sound DSP (KTX-H100 IMPRINT Tuning Kit required)
  • MediaXpanderâ„¢
  • 6 channel digital time correction
  • Built-in 2/3-way crossovers (7-band GEQ or 5-band PEQ)
  • Black Out mode
  • Built-in 18W x 4 RMS amplifier (at CEA-2006 Power Ratings)
  • Head Unit Power Pack Ready (KTP-445 required)
Control/Display Features:
  • iPod Percentage Search
  • Quick Search
  • BioLite high-definition display
  • Red, blue, amber or green illuminated buttons
  • Red or blue illuminated presets
  • Spanish language compatible
  • Rotary encoder volume control
  • Steering wheel remote ready
  • Remote control included
Availability – January 2008
Suggested retail index – $450

About Alpine Electronics
Alpine Electronics is an automotive electronics manufacturer that supports drivers in over 60 countries and provides the world’s 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 products that are safe, comfortable and eco-friendly for the automotive environment. For more information about Alpine Electronics, visit www.alpine.com. For more information about Alpine’s aftermarket products, visit www.alpine-usa.com.

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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