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InCar Entertainment  - - CONTENTS - Alpine INE-W957A mul­ti­me­dia head unit Price: $1999 Con­tact: Alpine Elec­tron­ics Aus­tralia on 1300 765 760 Link: www.alpine.com.au

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Alpine has re­cently launched the flag­ship ‘7-incher’ mul­ti­me­dia head unit in the INE-W957A priced at $1999 (the company’s 8-inch ul­tra-big X008AU tops out the head unit range at $2499).

The INE-W957A ‘Ad­vanced Navi Sta­tion’, as Alpine refers to it, fea­tures a whole stream of tech­nolo­gies crammed into its 2-DIN 7-inch screen size.

For starters Mir­rorLink is on-board to mimic, or mir­ror, your phone’s icon sys­tem on its bright LED-back-lit WVGA touch screen. The unit is ca­pa­ble of play­ing back CD/DVD discs in their orig­i­nal, record­able and re-writable for­mats, iPod/iPhone video and mu­sic, DivX video and WMA/MP3/AAC from USB de­vices, plus there’s a HDMI in­put for con­nec­tion of smart­phones and other de­vices for fur­ther video play­back ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The pre­mium nav­i­ga­tion pack­age fea­tures SUNA live traf­fic, 3D land­marks, text-to-speech di­rec­tions, 4WD off-road nav­i­ga­tion, cam­era alerts, an en­hanced POI data base and much more.

Alpine fea­tures its clever 50/50 quick look nav­i­ga­tion that splits the screen while other func­tions are be­ing utilised (see be­low).

Blue­tooth is of course also on board and is avail­able for hands-free phone use as well as for mu­sic stream­ing from a com­pat­i­ble de­vice. Son­ics are pro­vided via an in-built 50 watts 4-chan­nel am­pli­fier and a 24-Bit DAC while Alpine pro­vides a 9-band para­met­ric EQ, three 4-volts pre-outs, sub­woofer con­trol func­tions, AM/FM ra­dio tuner and a whole lot more.

The INE-W957A is avail­able via es­tab­lished Alpine deal­ers around the coun­try.

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