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Alpine debuts eX-10 Advanced iPod Controller with Bluetooth

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2007
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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Alpine Electronics has introduced its eX-10 Advanced iPod Controller with Bluetooth. First appearing in our 2008 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide, the eX-10 is a dash-top solution for iPod playback and Bluetooth connectivity that works with the vehicle’s factory system. It consists of a no-installation display unit that sits on top of the dash, a remote control and a power module that plugs into the vehicle’s cigarette lighter. Sound from the eX-10, which offers full iPod control, a 2.4-inch display, album art support, and A2DP and AVRCP support for Bluetooth stereo audio devices, is output via the built-in FM transmitter, or through the unit’s line output jack. The eX-10 can also control a Bluetooth-enabled phone or device, allowing for a hands-free conversation to be played through the car’s speakers.

“The demand for iPod and Bluetooth in the car is skyrocketing, and consumers previously have not been able to integrate these technologies into their existing sound systems through one product. With Alpine’s new eX-10, consumers can easily add both iPod music playback and Bluetooth hands-free operation for cell phones into their vehicles with one simple, add-on solution,” said Stephen Witt, vice president of marketing, Alpine Electronics. The Alpine eX10 Advanced iPod Controller with Bluetooth will be available in late November and will sell for $200.

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1

Everyone is so close for me…but this doesn’t quite hit it either.  Harman Kardon almost had it…but they fell short also. 

What I need:
- iPod Integration (like Drive & Play)..which I have
- GPS (like Nuvi series from Garmin)...which I have
- Bluetooth integration (like the above product)...which I’d like

No one product can do this right now.  That I’ve seen anyway.  A super-sweet wish list item (for me) to up the ante would be built-in radar/laser detector (it’s on your dash already!).  But I know this is unrealistic.

The three items I mentioned though are very doable…I’m not sure why they’re not there yet…

Tom

Posted by Tom on November 14, 2007 at 8:15 AM (PDT)

2

The TomTom Go 720 has bluetooth and can take iPod input.

Posted by Spencer on November 14, 2007 at 8:36 AM (PDT)

3

The TomTom Go 720 is also $500…

Posted by Tom on November 14, 2007 at 9:06 AM (PDT)

4

If you want all that and $500 is too much for you than be prepared to wait at least another year or two.

Posted by Alex on November 14, 2007 at 6:43 PM (PDT)

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Tom:  I’ll assume you don’t have the D+P2 ... but in any case and FYI, HK has a bluetooth module (and satellite radio module) coming for the D+P2.  Their original estimated time for introduction of these modules was this past summer ... which in HarmanKardon speak means December/January.  HK also has a nifty looking GPS unit on their site to check out.

Posted by ipodder06 on November 15, 2007 at 9:16 PM (PDT)

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review?

Posted by ~ruindpzzle in san diego, CA on December 12, 2007 at 9:28 AM (PDT)

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