Alpine Electronics Launches The INA-W910 Audio/Video/Navigation System
Alpine has combined integrated navigation features, comprehensive media playback options, hands-free calling, and Alpine’s renowned sound quality – into one easy-to-use unit. The INA-W910 audio/video/navigation (AVN) system is loaded with today’s highly desired digital sources for entertainment and information. The INA-W910 is ideal for system building and can serve as the base for any size system.
The INA-W910 is a 2-DIN system with a 7-inch WVGA motorized display. Besides being an AM/FM/CD/DVD receiver, it offers the best in digital audio sources. HD Radio® comes built into the INA-W910, a first for an Alpine 2-DIN system. HD Radio’s static-free, all-digital broadcasts can be enjoyed via the INA-W910 without any subscription fees. Users can also listen to HD Radio multicasting, allowing them to access HD2 and HD3 multicast channels above and beyond the main FM HD Radio station. iTunes® Tagging is available, allowing users to tag songs they like for later purchase from the iTunes store.
SiriusXM Satellite Radio service is available on the INA-W910, using the new SXV100 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required). Alpine is the first manufacturer to offer head units that connect to the SXV100, and the INA-W910 is the first 2-DIN system with this compatibility. Similar in size to a deck of cards and with just one cable to connect to the INA-W910, installation of the SXV100 is quick and easy. Channel name, number and category, plus artist and song name, are all visible on the INA-W910’s 7-inch screen. The INA-W910 stores up to 18 SiriusXM station presets and offers SiriusXM features like SiriusXM Replay™ allowing pause, rewind and replay of up to 30 minutes of live SiriusXM content; Song Alert™; Artist Alert™; Game Alert™; and iTunes Tagging.
Pandora® internet radio opens up another set of audio content offerings for the INA-W910. The INA-W910 can control the Pandora app from an iPhone. When listening to Pandora, information such as artist, song, album and station name, plus album art are displayed on the INA-W910. Pandora’s iconic Thumbs Up/Down rating system is easily replicated on the INA-W910 via the dedicated soft keys. New Pandora stations can be created based on a particular song or artist, with a press of the soft key. Play/Pause, Skip Forward, Station Listing, Bookmark, and Info (which toggles between various viewing modes) are other Pandora controls that are available via soft keys. All Pandora actions made via the INA-W910 are saved and applied to the user’s main Pandora account.
The INA-W910 meets the specifications for the “Made for iPod® and iPhone®” compatibility. Song, artist and album information, plus album art can be displayed on the INA-W910 if this information is available on the iPod or iPhone. The INA-W910 features iPod Passenger Mode, which allows back seat passengers to play their iPod or iPhone through the INA-W910’s audio system, using the device’s own controls.
“The INA-W910 brings together the most popular digital entertainment sources – HD Radio, SiriusXM, Pandora, iPod and iPhone — into one easy-to-use unit,”
“The INA-W910 brings together the most popular digital entertainment sources – HD Radio, SiriusXM, Pandora, iPod and iPhone — into one easy-to-use unit,” said Steve Crawford, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine “Combine that with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology and traffic-aided navigation, and you’ve got the best of all worlds.”
The INA-W910 has a robust navigation system with pre-loaded NAVTEQ maps of the U.S. and Canada, more than six million NAVTEQ Premium Points of Interest (POIs) and voice-guided turn-by-turn driving instructions. Lifetime traffic service via NAVTEQ RDS is included. This service does not require a separate module or activation – it’s ready to go right out of the box. Automatic rerouting and traffic incident lists are available in 98 markets in the U.S. and Canada. Increased map detail makes it easy to browse maps without compromising performance. An intuitive menu layout and easily accessible hard buttons at the base make operating the INA-W910 a breeze. Drivers who prefer to have track and artist information on screen while they’re listening to music can simultaneously get route information through the GuideView™ Window, which is a picture-in-picture window that displays the next turn maneuver, a compass, or speed limit of the current street. Drivers can tap the GuideView Window to get a vocal repeat of the driving voice prompt.
Bluetooth Wireless Technology Features
Hands-free calling is available from the INA-W910’s built-in Bluetooth® Wireless Technology module, powered by Parrot. Features such as echo cancellation and mic gain adjustments provide the ability to fine-tune the Bluetooth sound quality, for virtually any vehicle interior. Contacts in the user’s phonebook can be rapidly scrolled through and searched by name. It also remembers the last call volume, has call waiting, and can be configured to announce navigation guidance during a phone call. Users can keep the navigation map on screen and still make a call, and POIs like restaurants can be called just by tapping on the POI icon.
Sound Quality Features
The INA-W910 continues Alpine’s legacy of sound quality. The INA-W910 has a built-in 18W RMS x 4 amplifier (at CEA-2006 power ratings), three 4-volt pre-amp outputs, 7-band EQ, time correction, crossover, and a 24-bit Burr-Brown Digital-to-Analog converter. To tackle the lossy nature of compressed digital music, Alpine’s proprietary MediaXpander™ technology restores richer playback more true to the original recording. For the ultimate sound system upgrade, the INA-W910 also connects digitally to the PXA-H800 IMPRINT audio processor (sold separately). The PXA-H800 provides a wide range of audio tuning features, including automatic acoustic correction, road noise compensation, and other advanced sound field, sound tuning and system building capabilities.
INA-W900BT AVN System With Blueooth
Continuing for 2011 is the INA-W900BT AVN system with Bluetooth wireless technology module. The INA-W900BT includes several of the same features found in the newer INA-W910 including a built-in 18W RMS x 4 amplifier (at CEA-2006 power ratings), 3 pre-amp outputs, 7-inch WVGA motorized display and integrated navigation system. It can play iPod or iPhone music and is compatible with HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (separate modules and subscription required).
Pricing And Availability
The INA-W910 will be available for in May, price is TBA. The INA-W900BT is currently available for regular MAP of $1,149.95 or at a promotional MAP of $999.95 at participating U.S. retailers through March 2011. The PXA-H800 will be available in April for $699.95 MAP. All Alpine products will be available at authorized Alpine dealers. Please visit www.alpine-usa.com to locate a retailer. The SXV100 will be available at retail for $69.99 in March 2011 through SiriusXM’s distribution channel.
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