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Alpine has in­tro­duced its first pre­mium AV head unit equipped with both Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto. The new iLX-702D pro­vides dash-dis­played smart­phone apps such as nav­i­ga­tion, phone calls, mes­sages and a near-in­fi­nite choice of mu­sic, all com­manded with Siri and voice con­trol.

With its smart­phone-like user in­ter­face, the iLX-702D al­lows you to play DAB+ dig­i­tal ra­dio when within range of th­ese ur­ban broad­casts, plus USB video and mu­sic, iPod or iPhone sources, HDMI-con­nected de­vices and even 192kHz/24-bit high-res­o­lu­tion FLAC mu­sic.

Ap­ple CarPlay en­ables the dis­play of iPhone func­tions via the Alpine unit’s 7.0-inch (17.8cm) touch­screen dis­play which ob­vi­ously in­clude Ap­ple Maps. An­droid Auto pro­vides Google Maps, var­i­ous apps and voice con­trol. The iLX702D in­cludes a pre­ci­sion GPS an­tenna which en­sures ac­cu­rate nav­i­ga­tion when us­ing ei­ther Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto. Voice con­trol en­ables you to set your des­ti­na­tion and start driv­ing via spo­ken com­mands. Built-in Blue­tooth en­ables wire­less con­nec­tion of a mo­bile phone for the con­ve­nience and safety of hands-free phone and au­dio stream­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally, you can use voice con­trol through ei­ther the built-in mi­cro­phone or an ex­ter­nal mic.

DAB+ pro­vides ac­cess to the dig­i­tally­broad­cast ra­dio sta­tions and can be searched by name. Where avail­able, DAB+ of­fers noise­free sound and po­ten­tially im­proved re­cep­tion.

The Alpine iLX-702D also pro­vides both HDMI and USB con­nec­tiv­ity, and there’s the op­tion to add a re­vers­ing camera via its RCA in­put or di­rect camera ports. CAN-UART databus sup­port pro­vides con­nec­tion to a ve­hi­cle-spe­cific in­ter­face for dis­plays of cli­mate in­for­ma­tion, park as­sist and steer­ing wheel con­trols. Cus­tomi­sa­tion of the open­ing screen lets you set your own open­ing dis­play such as a car make or model logo.

In the au­dio de­part­ment there’s a 4 x 50W power am­pli­fier, nine-band para­met­ric equaliser/cross­over, six-chan­nel dig­i­tal time cor­rec­tion and ad­vanced sound pro­cess­ing fea­tures such as Bass En­gine SQ and Me­dia Xpan­der HD.

Alpine iLX-702D Pre­mium AV Head Unit Con­tact: Alpine Elec­tron­ics Aus­tralia Price $999 Link:

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