The Most Unusual Subwoofer at CES 2015

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Alpine Direct Fit subwoofer

The subwoofer shown above that looks like a giant fan, is offered by Alpine as part of a new truck-specific audio system.

It uses the external air duct for the truck to move air around.

Alpine is expanding truck specific products beyond in-dash radios and into full speaker/amp system, the first of which will ship this spring for GM trucks at a price to be announced.

The “Direct Fit” subwoofer works in model year 2007-2013 GM trucks, and fits behind the rear seats.

Other speakers in the system include four 6.5 inch speakers and two tweeter pods, which are joined by a 5-channel MRV-V500 amplifier.

The subwoofer is only available as part of a package but the 6.5 inch speakers may be sold separately.

Alpine also continues to expand its series of 9-inch radios specific to certain trucks with 5 new models for this year, bringing the total line to 8 units.

New for 2015 are decks for the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Tundra and the Dodge Ram, as well as new versions of kits for the Ford F150 (for 2013-2014 models with a 4.2 inch screen) and Chevy full-sized trucks from 2007 to 2013.

These join earlier models for different trim models of the Ford F150 and Chevy trucks, plus a universal version.

The company says its 9-inch radios, the largest in the industry, now cover more than 8 million vehicles.

Alpine also showed its first truck-specific backup camera, that fits in the tailgate handle of GM trucks.

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  1. I approve of any aftermarket product that makes it easier for customers to keep the stock look and function of the vehicle. I’m not an Alpine dealer, but at least I could point a customer that way, as it is good for the industry.

  2. I have had the pleasure of listening to this subwoofer in the Alpine demo truck at CES. for what it is, not bad at all. Perfect for the older demographic that does not want/need a ton of bass. The only negative I have found so far is it can not handle deep bass that is found it todays rap music. Great use of space in a tight place.

  3. I’m interested in how it sounds. That is an extremely tight space behind that seat. Wonder if they are going to intro something like they had in the demo trucks they had going around this year.

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