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  • Alpine's First Touchscreen iPhone Compatible Car Receiver


    The iXA-W404 is the first touchscreen iPhone compatible car receiver and features a 4.3-inch QVGA touchscreen monitor.

    In addition to the touchscreen navigation the receiver meets both the "Works With iPhone" and "Made For iPod" designations. It also comes with a dedicated USB input which allows for playing iPod/iPhone video files, Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to connect to additional music sources like HD Radio.

    The price has not been released yet.

    Alpine has also released;

    - iDA-X305: 2.2-inch color TFT screen, iPhone/iPod compatibility, USB input, built-in 18W RMS x 4 amplifier, three pairs of pre-outs and a 24-bit DAC. Price: TBD
    - CDE-102 CD Receiver: USB, iPhone/iPod compatibility, built-in 18W RMS x 4 amplifier (at CEA-2006 power ratings), HP crossover and two sets of pre-outs. Price: TBD

    Here is the press release for the iXA-W404

    "The iXA-W404 is Alpine’s first touch-screen digital media receiver. Designed to deliver a fully integrated iPod®/iPhone® experience in the car, the receiver has no CD mechanism. The iXA-W404 meets Apple Inc.’s specifications for the “Made for iPod” and “Works with iPhone” designations, and features a dedicated USB input for optimal iPod/iPhone connection and superior digital sound quality. The USB input also enables connection to USB memory devices. The iXA-W404 can also play iPod/iPhone video files. The 2-DIN iXA-W404 gives users two ways to navigate and access their iPod music via their in-dash head unit: the double-encoder knob and the vibrant 4.3-inch QVGA color touch-screen monitor. The unit’s intuitive user interface and search menu are very similar to the iPhone/iPod Touch interface, so that users can continue the familiar iPod experience in the car. The unit’s ultra-responsive touch-screen lets users quickly browse through their file collection by lightly dragging the on-screen album covers with their finger. The current album is shown in the center of the screen, with the previous two albums/songs and next two album/songs on either side of the current selection. Users can also navigate through files alphabetically via an alphabet bar shown on the right side of the screen. For those who want more from their aftermarket head unit, the iXA-W404 delivers. It is enabled for integrated Bluetooth connectivity so that users can conduct hands-free phone conversations through the car’s sound system. (Separate Bluetooth module required.) The iXA-W404 can also connect to a variety of additional sources, such as HD Radio™ with iTunes® Tagging and multicasting, satellite radio, navigation and more. (Additional products and subscriptions required.) Discerning audio enthusiasts can enjoy custom sound processing with the addition of a separate Alpine IMPRINT Audio Processor. The iXA-W404’s suggested retail index is $TBD."

    This looks awesome! I just hope its not too much $$

    Source: Alpine Releasing iPhone Compatible Touch-Screen Receiver | ZolloTech
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Alpine's First Touchscreen iPhone Compatible Car Receiver started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. CAPcadetJC's Avatar
      CAPcadetJC -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Are you all serious? $400, $800? This will set you back at least $1,200.
      lol, you lose.

      sorry just had to do it lol
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by CAPcadetJC View Post
      lol, you lose.

      sorry just had to do it lol
      I disagree, $550 does not include everything the other people thought it did (Bluetooth, GPS, etc.) By the time you buy all the accessories you are going to drop at least $1,200.

      Quote Originally Posted by rdwalsh View Post
      Thats not a bad price at all, I paid nearly 500 for my deck, does all that but GPS, and no touch screen just touch pad, and works perfect for my iPhone. But it also does DVDs as well, with a 3.5" screen. Been great for long road trips with friends. But for 500 I may consider upgrading for the things I dont have.

      Edit: Just note, that if you intend to use the handsfree phone portion of the deck, you have to buy the seperate module, for 180 extra. My current deck came with a mic built right into the deck, some callers get a bit of echo on their end, so if you want to spend the extra cash for this feature, I'd recommend it. GPS functionality need the Module $300, plus docking station (hookup for vehicle) $200. So in the end, 500+180+300+200 = 1180. So buddy was right with 1200 price range.

      I think Ill stick with my current deck.
      Right on!
    1. enjoi4586's Avatar
      enjoi4586 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I disagree, $550 does not include everything the other people thought it did (Bluetooth, GPS, etc.) By the time you buy all the accessories you are going to drop at least $1,200.
      I think you're spot on with that one bro. After looking at that page, I saw quite a bit of "sold separate" tags.
    1. RByers's Avatar
      RByers -
      Just to put my 2 cents in on the price argument: if you really want all the extras such as GPS and Bluetooth than I wouldn't recommend buying this, if your really going to drop over $500 for a radio there are a lot more options out there that include GPS and Bluetooth built in. No it might not have the full integrity with the iPhone/ iPod use but you can get a radio with a bunch more overall features and save yourself over 600 bucks if your really wanting all the extras ( that's another iPhone I should mention ) although if you already have a GPS to hook link with it or don't want and are not worried about a CD player than I would definately give this a second look. Sorry such a long post but I'm really into my car audio/ video and hate for people to buy something and not be satisfied in the end.....oh by the way, the Bluetooth add on can always be found on eBay usually over half off if not more.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      I work at Best buy and I think this isn't worth it imo and it looks like ****. First of all this isn't the first touch screen to be compatible with the iPhone. There is already one with a much bigger screen that has iPhone controls on the touch screen. Why make a touch screen so tiny 4.3 is a joke, and put such big *** buttons on the side? The only thing is that it can't read iPhone videos through USB.

      right now in my car I have an IDA-X100 and it works great. But if I were going to get a double din touch screen I would want it to be a 6 inches screen at least. This is garbage imo, i'll wait for better models.
    1. ct9amr9's Avatar
      ct9amr9 -
      Good price! I think I am going to wait a year till they come out with a 6.5 or 7inch full touch screen. Good info tho to know what direction Alpine is heading.
    1. Shady6's Avatar
      Shady6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      It's double din? Aren't most cars single din?
      Alot of newer cars are doing away with the din completely it seems. Its usually a bunch of knobs and buttons right in the dash that arent easily removed. My 04 Mazda6 required removing the HVAC controls and everything. PITA. My 09 looks like it be easier and theres already a double din conversion kit.

      I wouldnt be surprised to see alpine in the future release something similiar with a motorized flip out screen for single din tho.
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      I work at Best buy and I think this isn't worth it imo and it looks like ****.
      This sentence alone makes you disreputable to anyone who has spent a while in the car audio business(No offense). I have competed with car audio for several years off and on. All I have to say is Alpine doesn't make crap.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      I'll stick with my Kenwood - DNX5120


      It has everything that deck has, but with a gorgeous 6.1 inch touch screen. It works perfectly with my iPhone, including all videos, music, and podcasts. It's bluetooth pairs instantly with the iPhone. The deck has full Garmin navigation, as well as a built in CD/DVD player. It has the ability to integrate with Sirius/XM and HDradio modules made for it, and they work fantastic, too.

      I am not affiliated at all with Kenwood - but I am a very pleased owner of the deck!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I would love to have one of these, however it is just asking to be stolen for those who have to park outside...

      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      I'll stick with my Kenwood - DNX5120
      It has everything that deck has, but with a gorgeous 6.5 inch touch screen.
      Kenwood's own site says its a 6.1 inch
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      as they say, "size matters." Sorry for the typo... I corrected it!

      As for begging to be stolen, any would-be thieves would have to get through other "deterrents" I have before even touching my stereo. I feel pretty secure with it!
    1. SadPandas's Avatar
      SadPandas -
      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      It's double din? Aren't most cars single din?

      Hafa!
      No, most cars are double din OEM. Most cars when dingle din s are installed look terrible and they usually have to have some lame cubby hole built into the face plate to make up for the empty space... thats why single dins always look kind of hokey. I use the Pioneer Avic D3 in my Audi A4 Avant and the thing worx sexy time with my iphone and my ipod etc.... If this thing came with discless nav and customizable coloring (to make it look more OEM) then i would get it in a heart beat.

      BTW, i just joined this to reply to this thread and saw you were Chamorro!!!! Awesome!
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Not to steal the thread, but the Kenwood has both discless nav and customizable coloring.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by haibane View Post
      This sentence alone makes you disreputable to anyone who has spent a while in the car audio business(No offense). I have competed with car audio for several years off and on. All I have to say is Alpine doesn't make crap.
      Way to read my first sentence and misinterpret it. Where did I say Alpine makes crap? I said this specific model LOOKS. I got an Alpine deck, 4 alpine speakers, alpine type r subwoofer, alpine m500 amp and alpine RCA cables...Why would I have that in my car is I thought alpine is crap?

      There's nothing really special about this deck. As other stated if you want all the options you will have to pay extra and that tiny screen and those giants buttons on the side are not helping at all. Stick with a big touch screen.
    1. dillonsmith9147's Avatar
      dillonsmith9147 -
      ill stick with a cheap chinese set that has a complete touch screen blue tooth, navi, windows and ipod support for 315 compared to 1200
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      Way to read my first sentence and misinterpret it. Where did I say Alpine makes crap? I said this specific model LOOKS. I got an Alpine deck, 4 alpine speakers, alpine type r subwoofer, alpine m500 amp and alpine RCA cables...Why would I have that in my car is I thought alpine is crap?

      There's nothing really special about this deck. As other stated if you want all the options you will have to pay extra and that tiny screen and those giants buttons on the side are not helping at all. Stick with a big touch screen.
      I don't understand this "I said this specific model LOOKS."
      I was merely stating that Alpine always makes quality products. Quality should be a step before features. Cause features without proper functionality aren't really features.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by haibane View Post
      I don't understand this "I said this specific model LOOKS."
      I was merely stating that Alpine always makes quality products. Quality should be a step before features. Cause features without proper functionality aren't really features.
      He said it 'looks' like crap, not crappy made. Jeez, learn how to read. Makes you look dumb, calling him disreputable and all.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      I would get this if the price drops