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ALPINE DELIVERS UNMATCHED, FLEXIBLE SYSTEM SOLUTIONS

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2006 - Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two vehicles need to have the exact same audio/video system. Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the leading manufacturer of high-performance mobile electronics, offers consumers the ultimate system-building flexibility with their new AV Plus value proposition. With Alpine's AV Plus approach, consumers can add unrivaled audio and video sources plus the flexibility also to combine a 5.1 multi-channel sound system, fixed navigation or portable navigation. Best of all, users will enjoy easy, integrated control over all sources from one high-performance in-dash audio/video unit.

Our AV Plus value benefit offers consumers the ability to choose what they want to add to their audio video experience, allowing them to create a system to match their own tastes," said Stephen Witt, vice president, Marketing, Alpine Electronics.

The AV Plus experience begins with one of three Alpine in-dash AV head units, which form the "brain" of an AV Plus system.

The new IVA-W200 DVD/CD/MP3/WMA is a 2-DIN AV head unit that has a 6.5-inch display with third-generation PulseTouch™ technology, which gives the user tactile confirmation feedback when the monitor is touched. The IVA-W200 has a sleek, clean look with slim buttons on the bottom frame of the unit.

The high-end IVA-D310 DVD/CD/MP3/WMA AV head unit features a 7-inch motorized monitor and also has third-generation PulseTouch technology.

The new IVA-D100 is a single-DIN DVD/CD/MP3/WMA AV head unit and features a 6.5-inch third-generation PulseTouch monitor and second-generation GlideTouch™, a small horizontal strip located on the lower frame of the monitor that allows source selection via laptop touchpad-like, finger-sensitive technology.

AV Plus Incredible Surround Sound

For the audiophile, the IVA-D310, IVA-D100 and IVA-W200 AV head units play virtually any shiny disc and offer multi-channel music playback with DTS®, Dolby Digital® and Dolby Pro Logic® II support. A complete multi-channel system can be built by adding the MRA-F355 5-channel V-Power theater amplifier (with built-in audio processor), which delivers equal power output of 50 watts per channel; the SBS-05DC 1-DIN center channel speaker; a subwoofer; a mono amplifier to power the subwoofer; and four speakers. Advanced graphical audio processing and visual EQ can be controlled via the PulseTouch touch screen. All three AV head units have a 24-bit DAC for greater resolution and dynamic range for crisper sound detail (versus conventional standard CD players which have a 1-bit DAC).

AV Plus Two Award-Winning Turn-By-Turn Navigation Options

To create a complete AV+N (navigation) system, pair the IVA-D310, IVA-D100 or IVA-W200 with a choice of Alpine's powerful NVE-N872A DVD-based fixed navigation system or the new Blackbird™ (PMD-B100) portable navigation device/digital music player. Both navigation products offer comprehensive mapping coverage of the United States and Canada, are traffic ready, and feature Alpine's exclusive Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Drivers™, which provides easy-to-understand on-screen driving directions, voice guidance and intuitive operational functions. With the NVE-N872A, consumers can interact and input navigation data through the AV head unit using any combination of voice, PulseTouch touch screen and/or remote control commands. The NVE-N872A is also satellite traffic ready for XM or SIRIUS traffic service (separate receiver module and subscription required).

With Blackbird, consumers can choose to use their navigation system in either of two ways: small and portable, and integrated into their AV Plus system. To connect the compact Blackbird to a car's AV+N set-up, the PMD-DOK1 docking station ($TBA, available March 2006) is required. Once docked, the Blackbird's screen turns off and navigation audio and visuals are - more - Alpine Delivers Unmatched, Flexible System Solutions/Page 3 transferred, along with all control functions, to the in-dash AV head unit. Now, drivers can operate their Blackbird on the AV head unit's monitor, with touch screen and/or remote control commands. The dock also allows playback of music stored on the Blackbird through the car's stereo system.

IVA-D310 - DVD/CD/MP3/WMA AV head unit
Availability - Now
Suggested retail index - $1,400
SBS-05DC - 1-DIN center channel speaker
Availability - Now
Suggested retail index - $160
IVA-D100 - 1-DIN DVD/CD/MP3/WMA AV head unit
Availability - Spring
Suggested retail index - $1,200
NVE-N872A - Fixed navigation system
Availability - now
Suggested retail index - $1,700
IVA-W200 - 2-DIN DVD/CD/MP3/WMA AV head unit
Availability - April
Suggested retail index - $1,100
Blackbird (PMD-B100) - Portable navigation device
Availability - Now
Suggested retail index - $750
MRA-F355 - 5-channel V-Power theater amplifier with built-in processor
Availability - June
Suggested retail index - $550
PMD-DOK1 - Blackbird docking station
Availability - March
Suggested retail index - $TBA


About Alpine Electronics

Alpine Electronics is the world's leading automotive consumer electronics system supplier and an ISO certified corporation. Alpine specializes in an integrated platform concept for mobile multimedia with premium components for digital audio/video media playback, digital broadcast reception, and satellite linked navigation. With research and development facilities in Asia, Europe and the U.S., Alpine is the global leader for mobile sound systems and in-vehicle navigation for both after-market and OEM factory installations. Alpine Electronics is a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world's premier manufacturers of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronics equipment. Visit www.alpine-usa.com to learn more about Alpine products or to find an authorized retailer.

   


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