Car audio aftermarket electronics supplier Alpine has announced that it is now shipping its latest model in the Alpine Halo Display lineup, the iLX-F409 Alpine Halo9 Multimedia Receiver ($699.95), which is equipped with a 9-inch, customizable touchscreen display.
The Alpine Halo display platform is known for its oversized, “floating” screen and installation flexibility, meaning it can fit into virtually any vehicle. The tapered edges are outlined in a silver trim, and the unit is also endowed with smartphone integration capability; it fits into any dash that can house a single-DIN receiver.
The launch of the iLX-F409 and also the Alpine iLX-F411 signals a new generation of the Alpine Halo models that are a culmination of all the fan-favorite features, says the company, including customizable home screens, media expandability with HDMI connectivity, and iDatalink Maestro Module compatibility.
Features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling with audio streaming allows access to music, messages, phone calls, and maps on a smartphone via USB. These features are controlled through touch or voice commands with the included external microphone. SiriusXM Radio is available with an optional tuner and paid subscription.
The iLX-F409 is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro Module (sold separately) allowing select OEM features to be retained, and vehicle information displayed on the 9-inch screen.
A reverse RCA camera input is included so the driver can add a separately sold rear-view camera that overlays guidelines onto the screen for ease when moving in reverse. Additional cameras can be added with the separately sold KCX-C2600B Universal Front and Rear Camera Selector
While the iLX-F409 is mech-less (no CD/DVD player), an HDMI input and output is included so the user can connect a CD, DVD player, or a smartphone for an all-digital audio and video connection through a single cable.
The iLX-F409 is available at Alpine authorized retailers and at preferred online stores.
Nancy is a contributing editor for Dealerscope.