Alpine CES 2015 – New head units, amps, subs & more

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Alpine CES 2015 – Additional Direct Fit solutions for Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Ram, Ford F-150 and GM truck and SUV models.

Alpine’s direct fit line of solutions has expanded with several new vehicle specific models and vehicle specific dash kits for their X008 and X009 models.  Among the new models includes:

  • X009-FD2 for select Ford F-150 models 2013 and up with the 4.2” MyFord Touch radio.
  • X009-GM2 for upper dash style GM Truck and SUV models 2007-2013
  • X009-RAM for 2013 and up Dodge Ram (without 8.4″ factory UConnect radios)
  • X009-WRA for 2012 and up Jeep Wrangler
  • KTX-ESD8 Dash kit for select 2007 – 2014 Cadillac Escalade

All models were on display at Alpine’s booth during CES 2015.

Alpine X009-FD2 at CES 2015

Alpine X009-FD2 at CES 2015

The X009-FD2, like other direct fit solutions from Alpine will ship with iDatalink Maestro integration and offer consumers the option to retain Sync or eliminate the feature and re-map Sync controls for Siri voice activation.

Alpine X009-FD2 Heat AC integration

Alpine X009-FD2 Heat AC integration

This model also includes impressive climate control integration.  Alpine Electronics is proudly fabricating and tooling all of their own dash kits and the quality, fit and finish in some many applications is superior to OEM quality and finish.

Alpine X009-FD2 Close up

Alpine X009-FD2 Close up

On their impressive new X009-GM2 kit, I noticed the texture and finish was actually smoother and of higher quality than the rest of the OEM dash. This kit is designed for the more popular 2007-2013 GM vehicles with upper dash style stereo that GM offers. This is a rather large kit requiring quite a bit of re-working of the factory dash. Alpine has fabricated a kit that includes quality materials which replaces existing heat/AC vents and power ports.

Alpine X009-GM2 at CES 2015

Alpine X009-GM2 at CES 2015

The model shown in this photo is an unfinished prototype. There are two outlets are on the driver side. In the photo, one is open. In the finished product, there will be a USB/AUX port. Alpine’s kit will come complete with everything a consumer would need to install the X009-GM2 in his or her vehicle. These are truly direct fit kits and now come backed with a 3 year warranty.

Alpine X009-RAM at CES 2015

Alpine X009-RAM at CES 2015

Alpine has also added a new model for Dodge Ram vehicles, the X009-RAM which will fit 2013 and up Dodge Ram models (without the 8.4” Uconnect touch screen). The X009-RAM is expected to begin shipping this month.

One of the more exciting additions to the X009 line up is their new 2012 and up Jeep Wrangler X009-WRA (Maybe it’s just more exciting to me because I own a 2013 Jeep Wrangler – I’m totally thinking it needs a new demo head unit).

Alpine X009-WRA for Jeep Wrangler at CES 2015

Alpine X009-WRA for Jeep Wrangler at CES 2015

I had a hard time believing Alpine was able to squeeze a 9” touch screen into that OEM Jeep head unit opening, but leave it to Alpine to fabricate a custom fit dash kit that accomplishes this beautifully. This kit replaces the entire bezel that surrounds the stereo and heat vents and will fit both the two door and 4 door model.

Alpine is looking at an expected ship date on the X009-WRA of March 2015. They are currently working on iDatalink Maestro integration harnesses so this will be more of a plug and play installation allowing retention of OEM steering wheel controls, USB port, Aux port and even displaying vehicle information on the Alpine screen.

Other additions in the direct fit line include a new installation dash kit to house the Alpine X008-U in Cadillac Escalade 2007 -2014.  The KTX-ESD8 will allow Escalade owners to easily install the oversized 8″ Navigation system nice and flush into their dash without modification or custom installation.

Alpine KTX-ESD8 Cadillac Dash Kit

Alpine KTX-ESD8 Cadillac Dash Kit

Direct Fit Sound Systems for 2007 – 2013 GM Trucks

Staying along the same lines of their direct fit head unit solutions, Alpine is introducing a new total audio upgrade solution that is vehicle specific. One of the first kits they will be offering is for GM trucks.

New Alpine GM Truck Audio Uprade Package PSS-21GM

New Alpine GM Truck Audio Uprade Package PSS-21GM

The PSS-21GM is designed for 2007 – 2013 GM trucks and includes a set of GM specific 6.5” component speakers and 6.5” coaxial speakers complete with OEM style tweeter pods and GM speaker mounting brackets.

New Alpine GM Component Speakers SPT-21GM

New Alpine GM Component Speakers SPT-21GM displayed at CES 2015

This system also includes a new 5 channel amplifier, the MRV-V500. This new amplifier provides roughly 50 watts x 4 to the interior speakers and 250 watts x 1 to the subwoofer channel.  This new amp will be offered separate from the GM package as well at a retail price of $350 and is expected to ship in late Spring.

It’s all about the bass

No car audio system is complete without a subwoofer and Alpine has thought of a space saving design and solution for GM truck owners who do not want to sacrifice under seat storage. Their new Direct Fit subwoofer for 2007 – 2013 GM 4 door trucks is designed to fit behind the back of the rear seat and includes a shallow mount 10” driver in a ported enclosure.

New Alpine GM Truck Subwoofer

New Alpine GM Truck Subwoofer on display at CES 2015

This design is very similar to what you might find in a new GM with a factory Bose system. Alpine is providing consumers with a seamless way to enhance their audio system with a solution that is designed specifically for their vehicle. They’re trying to keep the total package cost around $1000 plus installation, but price and availability has yet to be announced.

New Reverse Cameras introduced by Alpine at CES 2015

Focusing in on the safety of their truck customers, Alpine is introducing a new line of OEM style reverse cameras with multi-view option and capability. These new Alpine reverse cameras are OEM fit and finish and even include new lock cylinder and LED accent lighting.

New Alpine GM Reverse Camera at CES 2015 HCE-TG130GM

New Alpine GM Reverse Camera at CES 2015 HCE-TG130GM

The lock is designed to learn your key after you install it and insert your key into the lock for the first time. The new camera has 4 viewing modes: Rear, Ground, Corner and Panorama. It will only work with their AVN units that offer the Alpine Direct Connection Rear Camera Connection.  Don’t own a GM truck? Don’t worry. Alpine has a nice universal camera that also features Rear, Ground, Corner and Panoramic View.

Alpine HCE-C252RD at CES 2015

New Alpine Reverse Camera HCE-C252RD at CES 2015

The HCE-C252RD rear view camera from Alpine is pictured here with optional universal license plate mount KTX-C10LP frame. Like the previous camera, this is also an Alpine Direct Connection style camera and will only work with Alpine models that support this connection.

New Double Din and Single Din head units from Alpine revealed at CES 2015

Alpine is replacing their INE-W940, an entry level double din touch screen navigation with the all new INE-W960. The INE-W960 features a 6.1” touch screen, rear USB port, rear AUX in, SiriusXM capability, Bluetooth for handsfree and audio streaming and 4 Volt preouts.

Alpine INE-W960 revealed at CES 2015

Alpine INE-W960 revealed at CES 2015

The new INE-W960 will be competitively priced at $699. The INE-W957HD will remain as a carryover model since it was only recently introduced mid year. That model adds 7” screen, iDatalink Maestro capability, HDMI input, HD Radio and Digital output.

New Alpine Navigation at CES 2015 the INE-W960

New Alpine Navigation at CES 2015 the INE-W960

Alpine also has a new double din (non AVN) style unit to offer consumers. This year at CES 2015, Alpine introduced the CDE-W265BT. This model features an easy to use layout, large display, large volume knob and quality hard buttons that are logically laid out. The CDE-W265BT features: AM/FM tuner, SiriusXM capability, Bluetooth for handsfree calling and audio streaming, front USB port, front AUX port, multicolor illumination, three 4 volt preouts, 9 band EQ, high pass filter, low pass filter, sublevel control and Pandora control. I think the only thing missing is HD Radio. This model is slated to come in around $260.

Alpine CDE-W265BT CES 2015

Alpine CDE-W265BT CES 2015

Prefer a good old fashioned single din Alpine head unit? Alpine is introducing one new single din head unit this year, the CDE-164BT which will be replacing the CDE-154BT. The CDE-164BT is very similar in features to the CDE-154BT. Single CD, AM/FM tuner, SiriusXM ready, Bluetooth for handsfree calling and audio streaming, USB, AUX in, 9 Band EQ, three 4 volt preouts, high pass filter, low pass filter, sub level control and multicolor illumination.  The CDE-164BT will sell for around $230.

Alpine CDE-164BT at CES 2015

Alpine CDE-164BT at CES 2015

Alpine CarPlay CES 2015

I was surprised that Alpine had no new CarPlay models and have no plans at this time to introduce the feature to their X008 and X009 models.  The iLX-007 was recently released in October and there are no additional CarPlay models in the works at this time.  Upon asking about the mystery “Wifi Enabled” feature listed on the iLX-007, I was told this was a feature included by Apple and they’re not exactly sure what Apple plans on doing with it.  The only logical solution we can come up with is Apple eventually wants to allow CarPlay to work wirelessly with the iLX-007, but the details and potential release of that update is all under Apple’s control, not Alpine’s.  I did point out to Alpine that the scrolling ability is quite different on their CarPlay model compared to Pioneer and Kenwood CarPlay models.  Interestingly, Pioneer and Kenwood allow fast flicking style scrolling (exactly like what you can do on your iPhone) whereas the Alpine iLX-007 only allows for one page at a time when scrolling.  No word on if that will ever be changed or updated.

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8 comments for “Alpine CES 2015 – New head units, amps, subs & more

  1. Thomas Scarano
    April 21, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Hello. I own a 2014 xlt and am stuck between the X009-FD2 and the PIO 8100NEX-.
    I was offered the FD2 for 2550 installed. Im huessing the Pio has more bells like Android Auto but this FD2 installs so clean looking… can you rattle some thoughts off:)

    thanks-

    • April 23, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Thomas,
      That’s a tough call. I really like the features of the Pioneer better. I like the layout better, I really like CarPlay and Android Auto ability. I like the brightness of the Pioneer better. But the Alpine is very clean looking and really well integrated. You will get better iDatalink Maestro support with Alpine.

      Pioneer will not have full iDatalink Maestro integration until next year so that may be something to consider. You can buy the iDatalink dash kit and Maestro interface, but you’ll really just have regular steering control integration, no on screen vehicle information like tire pressure monitor, vehicle gauges, etc.

      The Alpine I think will look more like it came with the truck and if you’re towing stuff, it may be helpful to see what’s going on with the vehicle gauges and you can see check engine codes (if your check engine light goes off it will let you know the error code).

  2. Paul
    February 26, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    What are the differences between the Alpine INE-w940 and the new INE-e960? From what I can tell after some searching online there doesn’t appear to be any difference other than the button placement and the the preamp voltage being 4 on the w960 vs 2 on the w940.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    • February 26, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Paul,
      That was my impression too from what I saw at CES, but I know they’ve also added voice control for Siri which I think is well worth going with the INE-W960 vs the older INE-W940.

  3. Chris
    February 7, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    What did you think of the Jeep solution, X009-WRA? I want to have audiophile sound but keep the jeep looking stock to the untrained eye. Prior to seeing this, I was looking that the Kenwood and Alpine GPS units. I was a little concerned about the sluggish Kenwood performance but thought I might deal with it just to get the Garmin navigation. What I didn’t like about either of them was the fit kit that put to two plastic pieces on either side of the head unit to get it to fit the opening. There is nothing sexy about those plastic pieces.

    You also mentioned in another page about using morel speakers. Did you have any problems getting them to fix the 3 hole mounting in the Jeep? Does it require an adapter ring? When i looked at the speaker it appears there are enough holes that 3 of them should line up. There isn’t a dealer in Colorado so I would have to order them in unseen.

    • February 8, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Chris,
      I think the X009-WRA is pretty cool. I would definitely go with it over Kenwood – I can’t stand the pages of menus and sluggish performance. I will most likely be putting it in my own Jeep, largely because it looks clean, the oversized screen is pretty awesome, the integration is cool and I want to sell them to other Jeep people including my Jeep dealership and I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate it than to put one in my own Jeep. I think the Sony I have (XAV-701HD) will sound better, but I’ll deal with it.

      Don’t get me wrong, Alpine is not bad sounding, but they tend to exaggerate the top end frequency range for some reason. It’s like they come with the treble jacked up. The Sony is more balanced off the bat and I think it has a better digital to analog convertor so it has more subtle detail and nuance. For some Jeep people, having the top end frequency range exaggerated might not be a bad thing. It might actually be helpful if you drive around with the top off quite a bit. Once the top comes off, you really kind of lose a lot of detail anyways. I live in Connecticut, so we drive with the top on a good 7 – 8 months out of the year. In a warmer climate with the top off most of the time, the difference may not even be noticeable.

      As far as mounting the Morel speakers goes – we usually mount it to the factory housing making sure to put a rubber gasket between the speaker and the housing. The lip of the Morel speakers is a little bit smaller than the factory speaker so make sure it’s centered when mounting it so you can screw into 4 points on the housing.

  4. January 31, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I hope this unit is a fix for thr damn.mofo. Alphorn/ram put I my truck. Uconnect nav sucks.

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