Offers Enhanced iPod, Bluetooth and Navigation Experience
Today’s consumers expect to integrate their favorite digital sources into their vehicle’s system. As a new solution for these consumers, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the industry-leading manufacturer of automotive mobile media solutions, today introduced the iXA-W407. The iXA-W407 is Alpine’s newest 2-DIN Digital Media Station, with optimized iPod/iPhone playback, large 7-inch touch screen and built-in Bluetooth powered by Parrot. Now shipping, the iXA-W407 is also available as a complete Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) package for $1,100, which includes the NVE-M300 GPS Navigation Drive. (See pricing and availability below for more details.)
The new iXA-W407 boasts Alpine’s largest digital media receiver color touch screen with a 7-inch QVGA display. The graphical user interface (GUI) allows users to choose sources and make menu selections via a simple slide-and-touch motion across the screen’s display. The large monitor makes viewing iPod movies and music videos more enjoyable, while big icons for each source and easy-to-read menus help improve ease of use in the vehicle.
The iXA-W407 receiver has an AM/FM tuner and a high-speed USB input for optimal iPod/iPhone connection and pure digital sound from the iPod. Users also can connect USB memory devices and MTP-based MP3 players via the USB input. Any iPod with a 30-PIN dock connector is compatible with the iXA-W407. The unit meets the specifications for the “Made for iPod” and “Works with iPhone” compatibility.
“The iXA-W407 addresses consumers’ demand for a high-performance in-dash system that provides complete support for today’s digital essentials, such as iPod playback and Bluetooth functionality,” said Stephen Witt, vice president, marketing, Alpine Electronics. “With its navigation capabilities and $1,100 price, the iXA-W407 provides a compelling value.”
The iXA-W407’s navigation functions are provided by the Alpine NVE-M300 GPS Navigation Drive. The NVE-M300 is a compact external drive that is installed in a hide-away location, such as behind the dash. Its OnPoint Advanced GPS Positioning simultaneously uses three technologies — satellite-linked GPS data, solid-state gyro sensor technology (to determine the vehicle’s direction) and accelerometer technology (to gauge the vehicle’s speed) — for accurate navigation. Voice-guided directions are played through the car’s sound system, while driving maps and maneuvers are displayed on the iXA-W407’s 7-inch screen.
Additional features of the NVE-M300 include:
- Text-to-speech announcements of turn-by-turn driving instructions and street names
- Assistive mapping visuals that offer essential driving information, such as Highway Junction View (which indicates the correct side to use at a junction split) and One-Way Street Icons for clear notification of one-way streets
- 6 million unique Points of Interest (POIs), which include restaurants, hotels, gas stations, movie theaters and grocery stores
- Preloaded NAVTEQ maps of the United States and Canada, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
- Customizable map and menu color schemes
The iXA-W407 is the first Alpine source unit to have built-in Bluetooth powered by Parrot. This convenient feature provides users with seamless hands-free phone operation, extensive phone compatibility and optimal sound quality played through the vehicle’s sound system. Users can view their phone book and full call information on the iXA-W407’s display, including Caller ID, Missed Calls, Dialed Calls and Received Calls. Audio files stored on a Bluetooth wireless technology-enabled cellular or portable device that supports audio streaming can also be streamed to and controlled from the head unit. Future software to support new phone models and other upgrades can be downloaded and installed via a PC and the wireless Bluetooth connection.
In addition to navigation and Bluetooth, the iXA-W407 can readily connect to and control a variety of digital media sources. The iXA-W407 features three pairs of 2V pre-outs and a built-in 18W RMS x 4 amplifier (at CEA-2006 Power Ratings) for system-building flexibility. Options such as satellite radio and HD Radio with iTunes Tagging, as well as a rear-seat entertainment system and/or DVD changer, can all be easily controlled via the iXA-W407’s large monitor and intuitive slide-and-touch user interface. (Separate products and subscriptions required.) Also available is the HCE-C107D Direct Connect Rear View Camera ($220 SRI, sold separately), which can display what is behind the vehicle onto the iXA-W407’s screen.
Discriminating audio enthusiasts can enjoy Alpine’s advanced IMPRINT audio processing by adding the PXA-H100 IMPRINT Audio Processor ($180 SRI, sold separately). For those who want a power amplifier upgrade, the Alpine KTP-445 Head Unit Power Pack ($140 SRI, sold separately) can be easily added to the iXA-W407. The KTP-445 upgrades the unit’s power output to 45W RMS per channel while improving the system’s sound quality.
Pricing and Availability
Consumers who purchase the iXA-W407 with the NVE-M300 navigation module can take advantage of a special package price of $1,100 for both products. This offer is available at participating authorized Alpine retailers in the U.S.; consumers should contact their local Alpine retailer for details and availability.
The products can also be purchased separately at $800 SRI for the iXA-W407, and $450 SRI for the NVE-M300. Both products are available at authorized Alpine dealers.
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.