TORRANCE, CA – Alpine Electronics has introduced three new full-featured CD receivers equipped with an array of features that appeal to car audio enthusiasts and are compatible with Alpine’s new smartphone sound tuning app, TuneIt.
The three new CD receivers are the CDE-HD149BT ($299.95), CDE-HD148BT ($249.95) and the CDE-147BT ($199.95).
“Sound quality has always been a hallmark of Alpine products and the robust features found on these CD receivers will not disappoint,” said Steve Crawford, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “By using the TuneIt app with these receivers, we are giving consumers easy tools to become their own sound tuning experts.”
The three new CD receivers have a variety of features, such as Pandora internet radio control from Android and iPhone smartphones. Users can create new Pandora stations, rate songs with the thumbs up or down rating system and bookmark songs for later purchase. The USB port behind the chassis allows for high-speed USB connections to the iPod, iPhone or USB drives.
The CDE-HD149BT and CDE-HD148BT have built-in HD Radio receivers to access the 2,000+ stations that broadcast digital HD Radio programming. They are also compatible with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, when used with the SXV200 Vehicle Connect tuner (tuner and subscription required, each sold separately).
The App Direct Mode feature allows for basic control of iPhone apps through the Alpine head unit. Applicable metadata information from the app is displayed on the head unit screen.
Advanced BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming allows users to play music stored on a smartphone and benefit from Alpine’s exclusive Digital Sound Processing (DSP) expansion which improves the sound quality of streaming audio. All models come with a separate microphone that can be mounted for the driver’s convenience (such as on the visor), for improved sound quality during phone calls.
TuneIt, Alpine’s a new smartphone app, is exclusively compatible with the CDE-HD149BT, CDE-HD148BT and CDE-147BT. This unique app won a CES 2013 Innovations award in the In-Vehicle Audio category.
TuneIt is an easy-to-use sound tuning app which also 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 TuneIt graphical instructions to adjust sound settings for their specific vehicle, or they can choose from the 3,000 pre-made settings in the database. Settings that can be adjusted include Time Correction, Parametric EQ, Crossover, and Media Xpander. The user can make and save up to 100 different sound settings; which is helpful if the user wants to store various settings to use for specific types of music.
Users can share settings with others, as well as rate settings made by others. The sharing and learning aspect of TuneIt is especially helpful for novices without much sound tuning experience, since it allows those with similar setups to use the same settings for the best results.
The more frequently the user is active within the app, the higher his or her status progresses, from the “Roadie” level all the way up to the advanced level of “Master Golden Ear.” TuneIt’s sound setting activities are all done through a graphical user interface on the smartphone; the phone only needs to be connected via USB when downloading the sound setting into the Alpine receiver.
These Alpine receivers will be available at authorized Alpine retailers in March 2013. You can find a store locator and more information about Alpine’s aftermarket products at www.alpine-usa.com.
SOURCE: Alpine Electronics