Leading car stereo suppliers including Alpine and Pioneer are shipping a few 2012 low end car radios early, presumably to benefit from holiday gift giving sales.
An Alpine CDE-133BT just began reaching retailers, several retail web sites show. The CD/radio is Alpine’s first with built-in stereo (A2DP) Bluetooth for audio streaming. The unit, priced at around $160, also works with Alpine’s iPod adapter. You get front panel USB and auxiliary inputs, detachable face and a built-in 18 watt RMS amplifier.
Two Pioneer models are hitting stores soon, say retailers, including one that is on two dealer web sites as the DEH-3400UB at $100. The basic CD/radio has front USB and auxiliary input, 50 watts peak power built-in amp and detachable face.