Alpine Electronics puts its weight behind SiriusXM satellite radio in the car with its announcement of a new line of single-DIN CD receivers that will bear the new SiriusXM-Ready badge, marking their compatibility with the car audio supplier's new SVX100 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit. For the first time, Alpine is offering a bundled SiriusXM tuner and CD receiver package, giving customers a turn-key option for getting satellite radio content through their cars' speakers.
The star of the show is the SXV100 SiriusXM tuner, which provides access to a number of advanced satellite radio features in addition to the standard 180-plus channels received through its magnetic rooftop antenna. For example, users are now able to pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of satellite radio content from the tuner's internal cache. There's also support for iTunes Tagging to save the info of a playing song for later purchase in the iTunes store--a feature that debuted on HD Radio tuners. Additionally, a selection of notification functions--SongAlert, ArtistAlert, and GameAlert--inform the user when a favorite song, artist, or professional or college sport team is playing on any SiriusXM channel.
The SXV100 tuner is compatible with Alpine's new CDE-123 CD receiver, which features front and rear USB ports, an iPod interface cable, an auxiliary input, and an internal amplifier that outputs 18 continuous watts through each of its four channels. The CDE-123 CD receiver and SVX100 satellite tuner can be purchased separately for $199.95 and $69.99, respectively. Those looking to save a few bucks off of the combined $269.94 cost can have the SXV100 bundled with the CDE-122 CD receiver--which is mostly identical to the CDE-123, but with the omission of the rear USB port and iPod cable--as part of the new Alpine CDE-124SXM package for $229.95.