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Alpine Electronics becomes the first aftermarket infotainment manufacturer with SiriusXM-ready tech.
The company is introducing to new Halo floating touchscreen receivers–the iLX-F511 and the iLX-509. These high-resolution audio receivers offer wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. They build in Alpine’s Halo display design that adds a ‘floating-style’ adjustable display that can fit into any vehicle.
In an industry-first for aftermarket receivers, the iLX-F511 and the iLX-509 features SiriusXM 360L, which combines satellite and streaming content delivery for even more choices in entertainment. The aftermarket units require the SXV300 connect vehicle tuner kit, which is sold separately. Both receivers feature high-resolution audio playback with support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming.
Both aftermarket receivers also feature a front and rear camera inputs to add both to the infotainment system. The rearview camera includes a guidance display that overlays guidelines onto the screen when moving the car in reverse. Multiple camera angles can be viewed using the camera selector, which is also sold separately.
On-board tuning features bring out the full potential of music playback with a 5-band graphic EQ or 13-band parametric EQ per channel, for continuous frequency control. The 6-channel time correction ensures that music is staged properly in the front and center of the vehicle. If more power is needed, additional amplifiers can be added using the three sets of true 4V preamp outputs with front, rear, and subwoofer control.
Both models are mech-less and don’t include access to a CD/DVD player. However, an included HDMI input and output allow a DVD player or a smartphone to be connected for video in/out services.
Alpine Electronics says both receivers will begin shipping in February 2022, with the 11-inch model starting at $1,199.99. The 9-inch model will cost $999.95 and will be available at Alpine Authorized retailers and preferred online stores.