|Item Weight||7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.5 x 10 x 9 inches|
|Item model number||INE-S920HD|
|Manufacturer Part Number||INE-S920HD|
Alpine INE-S920HD - Alpine In-Dash 6.1" GPS Navigation Receiver with Bluetooth
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Top Customer Reviews
Alpine visual user interface looked dated when it came out. When Pioneer, Kenwood, etc were pumping out sexy user interfaces with sexy splashes and visuals, alpine was still in the 90's. However, the INE line is totally revamped, and you would never think that this would be the next evolution after the INA-W910, which was their flagship until recently. It is way beyond that. Atleast 2-3 generations ahead in terms of visual user interface. Slick, smooth, high resolution, icons look fantastic, nav screen looks amazing.
Alpine has always had some of the fastest start up times, and continues. I like Kenwood product, but man do their units take forever. Not the biggest deal, but if you have a backup camera you like to you, I bet lag on the top end DNX line from Kenwood would frustrate to no end. Most importantly, I hate lag time to input, i.e. physical or virtual button pressing. I hate pressing buttons only for the head unit to respond 2-3 seconds later. That's bullshit considering how much processing is in most people's pockets in the form of their cell phones. So you'll be glad to know the INE-S920HD responds very quickly, and only ever lags slightly when entering letters in searches where it is working in the background to reduce the options of letters to input as your entering say a street name. Basically, noticeably much more processing than the INA-W910 generation.
Basically supports what everyone uses. Vid/audio through USB memory stick, iPod, iPhone, CD, Pandora, bluetooth media, HD and satellite radio ready. The only additional component you would need that doesn't come with it from the list I just made is the iPod that requires a cable. The previous gen INA-W910 came with the iPod cable, but not the USB cable. Says a lot about how ubiquitous USB media has become. You can tag stuff on Pandora, to make it easy to buy/download off iTunes.
Classic super clean, full, tactile sound. Lots of processing like other high end Alpine. Crossovers, parametric EQ, time correction, phasing, etc.
Bluetooth hands free:
Comes with a separate mic, with a long cord. Works very well even in my convertible with the top down. Better than even some high end Plantronics bluetooth head sets (I could hear callers, they couldn't hear me).
Comes with a GPS antenna. Very quick to fix position, newest maps and POIs since it's a brand new unit, and a tonne of features like the typical calculating fuel used, warning you if you're speeding beyond a certain percentage, or speed, but also has all kinds of warning systems, i.e. you can load up a bunch of known speed camera locations, and it can warn you with audio, or just visual or both, etc. Fast to reroute, reads out names of streets, many voices to choose from, can have just a warning "bung" and no voice, while it brings up the next manouvre, or no noise at all.
The small button panel is detachable . . . like a throw back to old days of detachable faceplates for security.
Alpine made some pretty mediocre (some strong points, but some serious weak ones too) stuff for a while throughout the IVA generation. But they definitely went above and beyond with this generation, and prices are reasonable as well.
I had this unit professionally installed, as it was relatively complicated. I also upgrades speakers and Amps at the same time. I’ve had this system since Feb, so this is 7-month update.
Next after you install this, you need to update the software to the newest version (1.210-released in mar2013). It updates Bluetooth compatibility to iPhone5
The unit totally boots up in under 12 seconds. Music is playing w/in 3.
My immediate impression is how many listening options this unit provides. Terrestrial and satellite radio, HD stations. Bluetooth streaming, Pandora, iPod. Memory sticks, DVDs. Overwhelming choices. One thing that stands out w/ this unit is the sound quality. Music just comes alive w/ alot of sound shaping options to help you prefect the soundstage, and your listening preferences, but if you're a total novice. You can get good sound by pressing the defaults, or using the setup guide when you press the favorites button.
The navigation works well, its not as intuitive as a Garmin, but it always gets me to the places I enter. Again, I had to update the map to the newest version, as the preloaded map didn't even have my housing development on it (new map updates cost $ 50-100).
I like the overall simplicity of the system, and the fact that it will stream any music source off my iphone via bluetooth
As other reviewers have commented- the interface is slower than your cell phone. Its faster than many other aftermarket HU, but button pressing responses are a sec or two. Next, the look of the interface needs some updating. There is a lot of unused landscape on certain screens, with buttons much too small (phone dial/hangup for instance, are half a postage stamp size).
The Favorites section is not well thought out, and needs utility. An example. If you store a phone number in favorites and hit it- you’d hope it would directly call. It doesn't, it brings you to the phone screen- then you have to hit dial. You also limited to what you can store as a favorite. I hoped I could immediately link to my EQ section, as I like to change EQ setting based on music type. You cant.
The navigation frequently requires 2 or 3 deep menus to perform tasks. Also I found that once I turned off “economy mode” that my GPS made better decisions about routes, and frequently took me on routes that I normally would have taken -that were the most direct. With Economy mode on, it would try to get me to whatever highway was closest, regardless if it was more direct.
The volume knob. I notice that turning the volume up 15 doesn't really increase the volume all that much but from 17-34- wow its gets loud. Also pressing the knob once mutes the volume about 10 clicks. So it's a mild mute.
Overall, this is a real solid unit. Its not a cell phone, but it does what it needs to do - play music and provide numerous listening options. Compared to my OEM equipment this sounds better, and so far it’s been worth the upgrade. I’m hoping there will be a few more updates from Alpine, but, I’m not holding my breathe.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clean outputs .the navigation leaves a little bit to be desired, but does get the job done