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Alpine Ships Pandora-Controlling CD Receivers

Torrance, Calif. – Alpine has rolled
out its 2012 line of single-DIN CD receivers, which are priced from an expected
everyday $179 to $299.

They include the company’s first
head units to use Bluetooth to wirelessly control a Pandora Internet radio app
running on a BlackBerry or Android smartphone.

The five-SKU lineup also includes
the company’s first heads with USB 2.0 technology. USB 2.0 is available in all 2012
USB-equipped head units, enabling head-unit navigation of music stored on
USB-connected Android phones by song, artist, album, playlist, genre and

The company also expanded its
selection of HD Radios, incorporating the technology in three of the single-DIN
units and in three other head units, up from last year’s one.

Four of the single-DIN CD
receivers offer full Pandora Internet radio control, either through a Pandora
app running on a USB-connected iPhone or on Bluetooth-connected Android and
BlackBerry phones.

The CD receiver lineup also
includes the company’s first head units with Bluetooth’s secure simple pairing
(SSP) to simplify pairing with newer smartphones, display a phone’s battery
level, display cellular signal level and received-message icons, and support
call waiting.

The four receivers that feature
Bluetooth also feature a sound maximizer to improve the sound quality of
incoming calls and a separate microphone.

The line starts with the $179
CDE-134HD with HD Radio, iTunes tagging, iPod/iPhone USB, USB mass-storage mode
with MP3 support, front aux-in jack, high-and low-pass filters with subwoofer
phase and level controls, 4×18-watt amp and three-band parametric EQ,

The $189 CDE-135BT lacks HD Radio
but adds the following key features: Bluetooth-enabled control of Pandora on a
BlackBerry or Android phone, Bluetooth stereo, and ability to be controlled
from factory steering-wheel controls with an optional interface.

The $199 CDE-136BT adds three
preouts but lacks HD Radio. The $219 CDE-HD137BT adds HD Radio to the CDE-136BT’s
key feature set.

At $299, the CDE-HD138BT adds the
following features to the $219 model’s key features: a port for the universal
SiriusXM SXV200 tuner, MediaXpander Pro DSP to improve compressed sound quality,
USB mass-storage mode that supports theMP3/WMA/AAC codecs, three 4-volt preouts
and five-band parametric EQ.