Alpine Intros Unique Radio/Amp

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Alpine-iLX-W650 car radio

Alpine announced a new mechless car radio that brackets to a small plug and play Power Pack amplifier and still has a mounting depth shallower than most double DIN radios, it said.

The radio/amp combo packs more power into a double DIN-sized opening than just about any radio, said Alpine.

The new iLX-W650 CD-less AV Receiver has a 7-inch capacitive screen and a mounting depth less than 2 inches deep, instead of the standard 7 inch depth.   It’s companion KTA-450 Power Pack amplifier has a 50 watt by 4 power rating but Alpine says it performs at 100 watts by 4, due to use of its Dynamic Peak Power technology that sends in power in bursts to keep up with peak demands of the music.

The amp can work with other radios but it’s sized to fit directly behind the iLX-W650 with a plug and play connection.   It has a one-sided terminal layout for easy installation and comes with a bracket that connects to the back of the iLX-W650 which allows the products to bolt together.

The two products won a CES 2019 Innovations award in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category.

The iLX-W650 offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, AM/FM tuner, and Bluetooth.  It has a new interface that lets you “blindly” swipe up or down for volume and side to side to change radio stations. You don’t need to touch an exact location on the screen so drivers can keep their eyes on the road. Shipping is expected this month at $650 suggested price.  The KTA-450 is due in April at $230 suggested price.


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