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Alpine IVA-W505 Mobile Multimedia Station Ships

Double-DIN Head Unit Offers Easy All-In-One Audio, Video and Navigation Control

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the industry-leading manufacturer of automotive mobile media solutions, announced its IVA-W505 Mobile Multimedia Station ($1,100 SRI) is now shipping to authorized Alpine dealers in the U.S. and Canada. The IVA-W505 is a full-featured DVD/CD/MP3/AAC/WMA/DivX audio/video head unit that boasts a new, intuitive graphical interface and touch-screen control over virtually any digital media source in the car, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. The 2-DIN unit also serves as the in-dash docking station for Alpine’s PMD-B200 Blackbird portable navigation device, enabling consumers to enjoy the car-to-car convenience of a portable unit while also gaining the myriad benefits of a fixed navigation system.

“The IVA-W505 is the ultimate navigation and entertainment command center for the vehicle,” said Stephen Witt, vice president, marketing and product planning, Alpine Electronics. “It can serve as a base for an audio/video plus navigation system, and it is one of two Alpine in-dash units that offer the new iTunes Tagging feature.”

Intuitive User Interface and Comprehensive Source Connectivity
The IVA-W505’s 7-inch WVGA touch-screen monitor enables users to easily access and control all their favorite media sources from one place. As an Ai-NET source unit, the IVA-W505 can connect to and control all of today’s most popular digital entertainment sources and communication formats, including satellite radio, HD Radio with multicasting, MP3/WMA players with MTP protocol and mass storage devices, and Bluetooth hands-free calling. (Separate adapters and/or subscriptions required.)

Enhanced iPod Functionality
The IVA-W505 is one of two 2008 Alpine in-dash head units that feature iTunes Tagging in collaboration with HD Radio, which makes it easy for listeners to discover and catalog new music they hear while driving. When the Alpine TUA-T550HD HD Radio Tuner is connected (sold separately), consumers simply press a button on the IVA-W505 when they hear a song they like from an HD Radio station that is broadcasting metadata. Information about these Tagged songs is stored by the TUA-T550HD and 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 can preview, buy and download the Tagged songs.

The IVA-W505 connects to iPod classic, iPod video (fifth generation), iPod nano (first through third generations) or iPod Touch via a direct high-speed USB connection. Earlier-generation iPods with a dock connector can link to the IVA-W505 via Alpine’s KCE-422i Full Speed Connection for iPod cable (sold separately). The IVA-W505 can control and play back video from iPod classic, iPod video (fifth generation), iPod nano (third generation) and iPod Touch.

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Highly Flexible Navigation Options
The IVA-W505 serves as the in-dash docking station for the PMD-B200 Blackbird portable navigation device (sold separately). The IVA-W505’s motorized faceplate slides down to a 90-degree angle to reveal a DVD/CD slot and dedicated Blackbird slot. Once the Blackbird is docked inside, all of its navigation features and user controls are transferred to the IVA-W505’s larger touch screen display, creating a fully integrated audio/video plus navigation (AV+N) in-dash system. Since the Blackbird comes with Bluetooth hands-free calling, the Bluetooth capabilities are also accessible through the IVA-W505 when the Blackbird is docked.

Specifications, Pricing and Availability
The IVA-W505 is available at authorized Alpine dealers at a $1,100 SRI.

Connectivity Features:

  • DVD-R/-RW/CD/MP3/AAC/WMA/DivX playback
  • Built-in dock for PMD-B200 Blackbird™ Portable Navigation Device
  • Direct USB and/or Full Speed Connection™ for iPod with album art display (if available)
  • iPod video control for select iPod models
  • USB MTP support for MP3 players, mass storage drives
  • Satellite Radio Ready (separate hardware and subscriptions required)
  • HD Radio™ Ready with iTunes Tagging and multicasting (TUA-T550HD required)
  • Bluetooth Ready (KCE-300BT or PMD-B200 required)
  • Full speed auxiliary input to mini-jack cable (KCE-236B required)
  • A/V input/output, rear camera input
  • Single-zone rear seat output with independent source control

Control Features:

  • 7-inch WVGA touch screen display
  • Quick Search
  • Steering wheel remote ready
  • Remote control included

Audio Features:

  • 24-bit DAC
  • DVD-Audio 2-channel down-mix
  • DivX, DVD +/-R/RW playback
  • Full processor control
  • DTS, Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro-Logic II support
  • IMPRINT Ready with dual input capability (PXA-H100 audio processor required)
  • Power Pack Ready (KTP-445 amplifier upgrade required)
  • 3 pre-outs (2V), subwoofer level control
  • CEA-2006 Power Ratings: 18W x 4 RMS

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, iPod 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, Alpine’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 world’s premier manufacturers of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronics equipment.

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