Released January, 2009
The Pros:IPod interface is well rendered, easy to navigate. Sound quality is excellent, drives aftermarket speakers powerfully without needing an extra amp. Lots of options for shaping the sound, easy to use EQ.
The Cons:Takes a bit of time to get all of the settings worked out, setup is a bit time consuming. Extreme latency when using a USB flash drive, takes up to 10 minutes to read all of the files. Movie files will only play from an iPod, won't work with other USB devices.
The Alpine iXA-W404 is an iPod/iPhone-compatible car A/V head unit and Digital Media Station. It comes packaged with a USB cable for connecting an iPhone, an iPod, or even a thumb drive. Once connected, they can be tucked away, as control of music and videos is done through the receiver’s 4.3” QVGA color touch-screen display.
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Plus, this receiver is also Bluetooth Ready (adapter require) and includes a convenient phone button. Note also that this receiver is equipped to add on a plethora of additional media sources: HD Radio, Satellite Radio, DVD Changer, Steering Wheel Remote, etc. Most notable about the Alpine iXA-W404 is its QuickSearch technology, which makes scrolling through playlists, artists, songs, podcasts, audiobooks, genres, and composers a very simple process.
- iPod/iPhone-Compatible A/V Head
- 4.3” QVGA Touch-Screen
- Bluetooth Ready
- Satellite Radio Ready
- QuickSearch Technology
- Sound Control
- Max Power Out: 50W x 4
- FM Tuning Range: 87.7-107.9 MHz
- AM Tuning Range: 530-1710 kHz
- Display: 4.3” LCD
- Chassis Size (W x H x D) in: 7 '' x 3-15/16'' x 5-9/16''
- Weight: 1.6kg
User Reviews (1)
iPod interface is well rendered, easy to navigate
sound quality is excellent, drives aftermarket speakers powerfully without needing an extra amp
lots of options for shaping the sound, easy to use EQ
outputs a clean, strong signal to external amps
takes a bit of time to get all of the settings worked out, setup is a bit time consuming
extreme latency when using a USB flash drive, takes up to 10 minutes to read all of the files
movie files will only play from an iPod, won't work with other USB devices
touchscreen isn't very sensitive, sometimes need to hit a button a few times to get a reaction
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