Alpine INE-W967HD

Nav Re­ceiver Re­view

Pasmag (Canada) - - Test Report -

The Alpine INE-W967HD Au­dio/Video/ Nav­i­ga­tion re­ceiver is loaded with a bunch of cool ca­pa­bil­i­ties that you may not have even dreamed about. Not your typ­i­cal AV/Nav piece, this unit is built on a space saving sin­gle-DIN chas­sis, but fixed with a full-size seven-inch TFT touch­screen. Cou­ple that with stan­dard HD Ra­dio, built-in Pan­dora con­trol, plus an amaz­ing ar­ray of ex­pan­sion ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and you have the cor­ner­stone of a bril­liantly con­ceived head unit.

The INE-W967HD is a mech­less nav­i­ga­tion re­ceiver with un­par­al­leled in­stal­la­tion flex­i­bil­ity. Be­cause there is no built-in disc drive, the chas­sis is small and will fit in any open­ing that will take a dou­ble-DIN face­plate. It al­lows you to use your por­ta­ble me­dia player or thumb­drive, but if you still want to play CDs and DVDs there is an op­tional disc player avail­able (DVE-5300). The nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem will get you where you're go­ing via full 3D maps and voice guid­ance with text to speech func­tion­al­ity. This al­lows the INE-W967HD to speak street names, free­way num­bers and exit names as you drive. The unit comes pre-loaded with HERE map data of the U.S. and Canada, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Vir­gin Is­lands. With seven mil­lion POIs in­cluded, you'll have no prob­lem find­ing your fa­vorite gas sta­tion or cof­fee house. Of course full Blue­tooth com­mu­ni­ca­tion and au­dio stream­ing are also part of the pack­age, bring­ing all of the con­ve­nience and safety that be­ing hands-free pro­vides. Other con­ve­nient fea­tures can be ac­cessed via the Alpine Con­nect app, which al­lows Yelp and iHeart Ra­dio con­tent to be con­trolled from the INE-W967HD when used with the free app on an iPhone or An­droid smart­phone. For ex­am­ple, you find a restau­rant on Yelp, then have the ad­dress sent di­rectly to the INEW967HD so the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem can route you there.

Thanks to Alpine's op­tional KAC-001 Ex­ter­nal Ac­ces­sory Con­troller, you can ac­tu­ally use the face­plate of the Alpine re­ceiver to con­trol after­mar­ket ac­ces­sories like a winch, aux­il­iary light­ing, air sus­pen­sion, or pretty much any other re­lay-con­trolled ac­ces­sory. A graph­i­cal icon and name can be as­signed to each ac­ces­sory for quick iden­ti­fi­ca­tion on the screen. A sim­ple press of the touch­screen al­lows each ac­ces­sory to be con­trolled as a pulsed, latched or mo­men­tary out­put, depend­ing on how the ac­ces­sory is con­fig­ured. Say good­bye to that two-foot long row of tog­gle switches mounted un­der your dash; now you can con­trol it all right from the touch­screen. How's that for a lit­tle James Bond ac­tion?

If you need to keep tabs on what's go­ing on around your ve­hi­cle or trailer, the INE-W967HD

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