Alpine is out today at CES with its next-gen multimedia receivers for automobiles. The new 11 and 9-inch Halo Floating Touchscreen Receivers include support for wired and wireless CarPlay/Android Auto as well as compatibility with Lossless hi-res audio.
Alpine introduced the new Halo receivers in a press release this morning with the wireless CarPlay/Android Auto and hi-res audio support being the headlining features on the new 11 and 9-inch models that have 1280 x 720 resolution displays.
In 2018, the Alpine Halo display created a new benchmark for premium dash system technology with a groundbreaking, “floating-style,” adjustable display and versatile 1-DIN chassis that can fit into virtually any vehicle. The displays added features to make the drive easy and exciting. Today, we are proud to introduce the next-generation dash technology, including both audio and visual High-Resolution specs, that take the Alpine Halo display to new heights.
For hi-res audio support, the new Halo receivers work with FLAC and APE codecs in addition to the traditional MP3/WMA/AAC formats. They also support H.264/MPEG-4 AVC/MP4/MOV/FLV/MKV video via USB.
The new Halo Floating Touchscreen Receivers use a standard 1-DIN chassis and include an adjustable height, depth, and angle mounting bracket to offer compatibility with a wide variety of vehicles for aftermarket installation.
Both of the new Halo CarPlay receivers are set to launch in February priced at $1,199.95 for the 11-inch and $999.95 for the 9-inch model.
Alpine Halo Floating Touchscreen Receiver specs:
- 11-inch (iLX-F511) and 9-inch (iLX-F509) WXGA High Resolution Display (1280x720px)
- Tapered display housing and silver trim for a clean, modernized fit and finish
- Floating style display with adjustable height, depth, and angle mounting bracket
- Standard 1-DIN chassis designed to fit aftermarket ISO DIN dash kits for various vehicle applications
- Hi-Res Audio Playback
- Works with Apple CarPlay® (wireless and wired)
- The Google Assistant is available on Android Auto™ (wireless and wired)
- Bluetooth® built-in for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- SiriusXM-Ready®/ SiriusXM NGS-Ready® (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately; SiriusXM subscription required)
- Built-in HD Radio®
- HDMI Input and Output
- Aux Input
- Dual USB Input
- iDatalink® Maestro Connectivity
- DVR-C320R Alpine Dash Camera Compatible (camera sold separately)
- Media Xpander®
- Navigation Compatible with the KTX-NS01 Navigation Module (sold separately)
- MP3/WMA/AAC/FLAC/APE music playback via USB
- H.264/MPEG-4 AVC/MP4/MOV/FLV/MKV video playback via USB
- JPG/PNG/BMP USB photo viewer
- Front/Rear camera inputs with distance guide display
- KCX-C2600B Universal Front and Rear Camera Selector ready
- Steering wheel remote control ready
- External microphone included
- Built-in amplifier (16-watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
- 3 preouts (True 4V)
- 5-band graphic EQ or 13-band parametric EQ (per channel)
- 6-channel time correction
- 24-bit DAC
- High pass crossover/low pass crossover: Front/Rear/Subwoofer
- CTA-2006 compliant
While much of what’s made Alpine’s Halo receivers popular remains the same with this year’s models, the wireless CarPlay/Android Auto upgrade is a very welcome improvement. That’s going to offer a much more seamless experience for both Apple and Android users and could be enough to convince a new wave of customers that spending $1,000+ on a retrofit for their vehicle is worth it.
Add in the new hi-res Lossless support that will woo audiophiles and just a $50 increase on the retail price from the previous models, and these new Halo receivers could be a hit.
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