Alpine Electronics is now shipping the industry’s first car radio to be bundled with a satellite radio tuner.
And the tuner is the new XM model SXV100 that can add TiVo-like recording to the car radio.
When you use the new XM tuner with the Alpine radios, you get a 30 minute buffer to store programming. You can pause, rewind and replay through all the stored programming. You also get iTunes Tagging and other features.
Alpine is also shipping another radio, model CDE-123 that can work with the new XM tuner, but does not come bundled with it. The CDE-123 carries a $199.95 price tag.
The CDE-124SXM has 18 watts RMS by 4 power, front USB port and an aux input so you can connect an iPod or other portable. The CDE-123 adds front and rear USB ports and comes with a cable for an iPod or iPhone. It’s also Bluetooth ready. Both models have a build in equalizer.
The products were first shown in January at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Clarification: We are using the term bundled here literally, as a bundle of two boxes. As our very astute readers point out, Alpine offered a CD radio with a built-in tuner years ago. It was the model Alpine 9820XM.
Source: Alpine Electronics