Alpine Electronics’ new Halo9 updates the Truckin F-150
Some of you may remember a few months ago when we wrote in our editorial about how our flagship Truckin vehicle, the ’13 Ford F-150, was broken into and the Alpine was stolen. Well, part of it anyway, rendering it useless to the thieves but just as expensive for us. The door and handle were repaired at LGE-CTS, but we still had the head unit to contend with. Luckily for us, Alpine is in the process of releasing one of the most innovative head units in recent memory—one that just about stole the show at CES recently, the Halo9. The Halo9 features a singleDIN chassis with an adjustable, floating, 9-inch screen and all the bells and whistles, including Apple CarPlay. There are two reasons why the Halo9 will soon be a game changer. The first is because the price is considerably lower than any of the 9-inch head units previously on the market. The second is that since you’re dealing with a standard, single-DIN chassis, all it takes is a standard installation kit, making the Halo9 feel at home in just about any truck made in the last half-century!
Since all the cables and wiring for the components, subs, and amps were still intact, the process was as simple as installing the kit and wiring up the new plug for the Halo9. We also installed the new 900-watt Alpine X-A90V 5-Channel X-Series digital amplifier, which provided an additional 75 watts to each 10-inch subwoofer, giving us a little more bump to go with our new Halo. Follow along as we knock the truck out in about half a day and check out the Alpine website to see what you can do in your truck’s cab.
The Alpine iLX-F309 Halo9 unit boasts a full 9-inch touchscreen display, which can be moved up/down, in/ out, and even tilted to accommodate different dashboard styles.
1. Alpine’s resident tech expert Phil Bowen got right to work assessing the damage caused by thieves when they stole the first Alpine system out of our Ford F-150. Thieves suck!