ALPINE CDE W296BT Review and Specification
2-DIN CD RECEIVER WITH BLUETOOTH - CDE-W296BT
The CDE-W296BT combines all the cool new features and functions such as Alpine TuneIt App compatibility for iPhone and Android based phones, allowing full sound tuning and sharing via your phone, as well as new Facebook message alerts.
It’s Steering Wheel Remote Control Ready for a perfect install in almost any vehicle. If your car is equipped with a start-stop engine, this Head Unit is even more interesting for you, since it will keep playing when your engine stops at a crossroad.
It also features a 3-way crossover and you can even adjust the button and display illumination colour separately with a stunning 150.000 colour variations.
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Variable Illumination Gives You a World of Colour
With Variable Illumination, you’re no longer limited to a choice of just a few colours. You can actually browse through a range of more than 150,000 colours to select exactly the tone to match or complement your dashboard illumination. Many preset colours are also available. Display and button illumination are independently selectable. You can choose to match your car manufacturers style, e.g. VW red buttons and a blue display.
This unit is equipped with an active crossover. The crossover limits the frequencies delivered to the outputs. Each channel is controlled independently. Thus, each speaker pair can be driven by the frequencies for which they have been optimally designed.
The crossover adjusts the HPF (high pass filter) or LPF (low pass filter) of each band, and also the slope (how fast the filter rolls off the highs or lows). Adjustments should be made according to the reproduction characteristics of the speakers. Depending on the speakers, a passive network may not be necessary. If you are unsure about this point, please consult your authorized Alpine dealer.
Tune Your Sound, Check Your Facebook
Download the Alpine TuneIt App, then connect your iPhone via USB or Android based smartphone via Bluetooth. Now you’re ready to use your phone as a handy interface to achieve exactly the sound you want in your car. If you’re on Facebook, the app will also notify you of new messages on both your phone and the head unit. For more details, see the Alpine TuneIt App description in the Apps product category.
BASS ENGINE SQ
The BASS button next to the central control knob takes you directly to the advanced bass level adjustment function. As you choose one of the six levels, it automatically adjusts frequency cut-off, Q factor and subwoofer level for optimum sound quality and tonal balance.
Built-in Bluetooth® Has Many Advantages
Bluetooth® comes built in, so you can enjoy hands-free phone operation and a wide range of convenient functions for superior in-car phone use. These include the ability to hold and switch incoming calls, phonebook functions like auto updating and easy ABC search, and easier control of music search and playback functions. When an iPhone is connected to the USB port for the first time, the unit will automatically start the inital Bluetooth setup.
Hear the Music You Love, from Many Different Apps!
Alpine takes head unit/iPhone integration a step further with App Direct. Connect your iPhone via USB and App Direct will let you listen to sound from many apps through your system speakers. Select music or talk from Internet Radio, streaming services, whatever your favourite apps are. You get full control from the iPhone’s touch screen and the iPhone stays fully operational.
Full Enjoyment of iPods and iPhones
The CDE-W296BT provides a high speed USB connection to let you enjoy the functions of your iPod or iPhone. Along with superior sound quality and easy operation, you also get quick music search via song, artist, album, and other choices.
Siri Voice Control
Use the voice control key to activate Siri on your iPhone 4S / iPhone 5 / iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to control the music playback and place calls. This works also for Android phones with voice control function