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 composer.
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, 4x18-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.