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Alpine Unveils Award-Winning FantomFace XL CD/MP3 In-Dash Head Units

FantomFace XL Tuner with 30% Larger-Than-Normal Display Wins CES 2002 Innovations Award

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In a car audio industry first, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the industry-leading manufacturer of high performance mobile electronics, today introduced its new FantomFace(TM) XL CD/MP3 in-dash players, the first DIN chassis head units designed with a 30 percent larger-than-normal faceplate. Alpine's new FantomFace XL head units incorporate several design elements previously only available with its industry-benchmark AlpineF#1Status(TM) products. Underscoring this design achievement, the FantomFace XL CDA-7998 tuner received the 2002 CES Innovations award for design and engineering.

Alpine's new FantomFace XL head unit design is unlike any other on the market today. The FantomFace XL features a motorized faceplate that emerges from the dash to reveal a 30 percent larger-than-standard faceplate that can be angle-adjusted, providing optimum driver visibility and ease of use. Alpine's own Biolite(TM) technology provides the two-line text display with brighter visuals to help punch through sun glare, as well as wider horizontal and vertical viewing angles for easier operation. The CDA-7998 tuner and CDA-7897 receiver also feature a full-size, motorized pop-up volume knob which has the unique ability to automatically depress before the faceplate retracts into the dash when the unit is turned off.

Built to accommodate playback of multiple music formats, the FantomFace XL head units support standard CDs, as well as CD-R/CD-RW discs with MP3 file playback. In addition, they are XM Satellite Radio ready, allowing for plug and play of Alpine's optional XM Radio tuner module. To deliver the premium sound quality Alpine is known for, FantomFace XL head units feature Bass Engine(TM) technology, letting the user customize and control total system sound tuning directly from the head unit. The FantomFace XL head units have independent time delay for every channel, six-position digital crossover, and a five-band digital parametric equalizer, an industry-first.

Offering industry-leading personalization and control, the CDA-7998 features Alpine's new i-Personalize(TM) technology, which will allow owners to go to Alpine's website, plug in specifics of their car's interior, and customize the Bass Engine settings. This information can then be burned to a CD and uploaded to the head unit, guaranteeing the best, most personalized sound tuning possible for the individual's specific vehicle.

The new FantomFace XL head units are also MobileHUB(TM) ready, a feature that, in the future, will allow users to integrate with select Nokia cell phones to receive and display SMS messages and utilize the head unit's alphanumeric keypad for hands-free cellular phone operation.

"Alpine's new FantomFace XL head units set a new standard for design, sound quality and personalization in mobile electronics," said Stephen Witt, Alpine's vice president of Brand Marketing. "With FantomFace XL, Alpine is bringing a new form factor and advanced technology to this market segment and providing enthusiasts with greater control of their in-cabin audio environment."

  • The CDA-7998 FantomFace XL CD/MP3 Tuner/Changer Controller Features:
  • Bass Engine Pro
  • FantomFace XL mechanism
  • XM ready
  • Sound tuned
  • CD Text and MP3 tag information display
  • Pop-up volume knob
  • MP3 changer control
  • 4V Preout with DC-DC converter
  • 3 Preouts
  • i-Personalize
  • Media Xpander(TM)
  • V-Link ready
  • MobileHUB ready
  • Remote control included
  • Availability: April; Suggested Retail Index: $850
  • The CDA-7897 FantomFace XL CD/MP3 Receiver/CD Controller Features:
  • 50WX4 MOSFET amplifier
  • Bass Engine Pro
  • FantomFace XL mechanism
  • XM Ready
  • CD Text and MP3 tag information display
  • Pop-up rotary knob
  • 4V Preout with DC-DC converter
  • 3 Preouts
  • Media Xpander(TM)
  • MobileHUB ready
  • Remote control included
  • Availability: May; Suggest Retail Index: $650

About Alpine Electronics

Alpine Electronics is the world's leading mobile electronics system supplier. Alpine specializes in an integrated platform concept for mobile multimedia with premium components for digital audio/video media playback, digital broadcast reception, security and satellite linked navigation. With research and development facilities in Asia, Europe and the U.S., Alpine is the global leader for in-vehicle navigation systems in Japan, North America and Europe 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. Alpine is the Alps Group's specialized supplier of high quality mobile electronics systems. Visit Alpine at www.alpine.com to learn more about mobile multimedia excellence or www.alpine1.com to find the closest dealer

SOURCE: Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.




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