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Let's not kid ourselves, getting to the track in style and with some solid tunes playing, is almost a necessity when it comes to starting your track day off on a good note. Just about every rider out at any local track on any given day arrives to the track in a truck. But not all of those trucks have worthy stereo systems in them. We recently got to take a look at Alpine Electronics' latest offering for in-car stereo systems, and what they showed us was impressive.
The new nine-inch X009-FD1 audio/navigation/video system is a worthy investment for anyone looking to update their car system with something that can do just about anything. Currently, the X009-FD1 system isn't available for every truck in a fully bolt-in unit; however, Alpine is planning on rolling it out throughout the coming months. A few of the key features on the system are a state-of-the-art navigation system, which can do just about anything, leading you to exactly where you want to go; an audio system that is compatible with iPhones and iPads, and can also receive digital radio and XM radio; and a video system that can be wired into the stock back-up camera, yet provide numerous angles. Simply put, this system can do just about anything, and provides a larger screen to make everything easier.
Below is more information on the system, directly from Alpine Electronics…
Custom Designed External Keys
The X009-FD1 is compatible with select 2009-2014 Ford F-150 models XL, STX, XLT, FX2, FX4 and SVT Raptor (it is not compatible with trucks that have the 4.2-inch screen with the MyFord® feature, the 8-inch touch screen with the MyFord Touch® feature, or the OEM navigation radio). The X009-FD1 consists of the 9-inch AVN system and custom designed key panel with back-lit buttons. Additional versions of the X009 AVN system packaged with an external key set for other Ford F-150 models will be introduced in 2015.
Included iDatalink® Maestro Module
Using the X009-FD1 allows many of the truck's factory vehicle controls to be retained via the included iDatalink Maestro module and Ford F-150 specific T-harness. Retained factory features include voice-activated SYNC® media player, voice-activated SYNC® Bluetooth® wireless technology, steering wheel controls, and premium audio amplifiers. Examples of vehicle functions that are accessible through the Maestro module include tire pressure display, battery voltage display, door status and user selectable gauges (retained features and customized vehicle information vary by vehicle model).
The X009-FD1 can access various audio sources for a wide range of entertainment choices. It has a built-in HD Radio™ receiver for free digital FM/AM programming. The X009-FD1 is "Made for iPod and iPhone" compatible and connects to these devices through the rear USB access. Pandora® control is offered from iPhone® or from Android™ smartphones and audio streaming of music from smartphones is also available. The X009-FD1 is SiriusXM Ready and works with the aftermarket SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, subscription required).
Video, Navigation and Phone Features
The X009-FD1 has a full WVGA high-resolution display for detailed picture quality. The Independent Dual Zone feature lets drivers use a source in the dash while the back seat passengers watch a separate video on the rear seat screen (optional screen sold separately). The HDMI input allows for video playback from smartphones or other HDMI-equipped devices.
Navigation features include pre-loaded maps of the United States and Canada, 3D depiction of major landmarks, buildings and terrain details, and free lifetime traffic service. Hands-free calls can be made through the built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology. Additional features include secure simple pairing (SSP) for easy phone pairing, call waiting and icons for phone battery level and cellular signal level.
Customizable Sound Tuning and User Settings
The X009-FD1 is compatible with TuneIt 2.0, Alpine's smartphone app for customizable in-vehicle sound tuning. The user can also be notified of incoming activity on his or her Facebook wall through a pop-up message that displays the sender's name and photo on the X009-FD1. If the user chooses to accept the notification, TuneIt 2.0 plays the message back via text-to-speech and the user can "Like" the message through the press of a button. The user can view posted photos and messages on the screen when the truck is parked.
The "My Favorites" feature lets users customize quick-access screens with up to 80 shortcuts to their most used features. Two separate users can each design up to 10 Favorites page profiles of eight shortcuts per page, such as audio sources, navigation commands and phone settings. If a front or rear view camera is installed in the vehicle, the camera views can be also manually selected from the My Favorites screen.
Pricing and Availability
The X009-FD1 has an SRI of $3,000 and is available now at authorized Alpine retailers. Other X009 models already available are the X009-GM (for select GM trucks and SUVs, SRI $3,000) and the X009U (for custom installations, SRI $2,700). Visit www.alpine-usa.com for a store locator.