Top New In-Dash CD Receivers with iPod control, USB connectivity and advanced Bluetooth features.
The Alpine CDA-9886 offers multiple connectivity features such as fast iPod connectivity and easier file navigation with a Percentage Switch, which divides the iPod library into six groups that can be accessed from the six preset buttons on the receiver. The new CDA-9886 is Bluetooth Ready for hands-free use with a Bluetooth capable phone, and can be used with XM, Sirius and HD Radio tuners. In addition to four 18-watt amplifiers, the receiver has three pairs of 4-volt pre-amp outputs for connection to external amps and a high-pass crossover. The receiver is compatible with Alpine's Imprint Sound Engine processor for advanced sound correction to overcome acoustic challenges in automobiles. Available now: SRP $350. Other models available.
Kenwood's new KDC-MPBT838U has built-in Bluetooth technology for use with a Bluetooth enabled cell phone and has A2DP compatibility for wireless audio streaming between two Bluetooth devices. High-speed USB connectivity allows for easy connection and control of an iPod player via the receiver's Multi-control Wheel on the front panel, and it is Satellite and HD Radio Ready with the addition of optional tuners. The KDC-MPBT838U also features four MOSFET amplifiers each with 50-watts and three 2.5-volt preouts for external amps. It is also a Dual Zone receiver for separate programs in the front and rear seats. The KDC-MPBT838U will be available in April with a suggested price of $280.
The Pioneer FH-P8000BT features enhanced iPod interface with Alphabetical Speed Search, iPod Passenger Control and Link Search to make music searching safer and faster. An iPod or USB memory device can be connected and controlled on the receiver's front panel via the high-speed USB interface. The 8000BT has built-in Bluetooth wireless for hands-free cell phone operation and is HD Radio and Satellite Radio Ready with the addition of optional tuners. The receiver's 50-watt MOSFET amps have three high-voltage pre-outs for external amps and a seven-band graphic equalizer can be used to fine-tune the sound quality. The FH-P8000BT has a suggested retail price of $330 and is one of seven new models from Pioneer.