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New Auto Headset Links Theater System, Satellite Radio

5 Aug, 2002 By: Hive News

Auto electronics maker Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. today announced it is shipping its new DVA-7996 DVD-based AM/FM tuner to authorized dealers.

The system combines in-dash DVD video playback with built-in MP3 decoding and support for XM Satellite Radio, CD-R/RW playback and other audio formats in one head unit with a $1,300 suggested price.

"Early demand for the DVA-7996 has been high because it provides supreme digital media flexibility with the premium video playback and sound tuning capability that Alpine is known for," said Stephen Witt, Alpine's VP of Brand Marketing. "For example, the DVA-7996 features independent DVD/CD audio outputs and rear seat audio control, providing rear seat passengers dedicated audio and video feeds, while allowing for independent use of other audio sources up front."

The DVA-7996 features Alpine's new Media Xpander compressed media sound enhancement technology, which restores the original dynamics and impact to compressed digital formats such as XM radio and MP3/WMA audio files. Additionally, the DVA-7996 uses Alpine's Bass Engine Plus technology, allowing for head-unit controlled bass management and complete sound system tuning, including subwoofer level and phase (0 degrees-180 degrees) control, four-channel time correction, three-position crossover and treble and bass center frequency adjustment, all from the dash.

The DVA-7996 features Alpine's Ai-Net system bus technology, allowing for easy connection of Alpine components, such as CD/DVD changers, 5.1 multi-channel sound processors, or a range of in-dash/overhead/headrest monitors to build a rear seat entertainment or mobile theater system that rivals the in-home Surround Sound experience.

The head unit is also VersatileLink ready so consumers can access the audio from their portable MP3 players, video game systems or TV tuners into the head unit for better sound control and playback quality.

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