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 iLX-702D 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 digitally-broadcast radio stations and can be searched by name. Where available, DAB+ offers noise-free 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.
More info: Alpine Electronics Australia