Alpine manufactures or has manufactured the following equipment (click to expand models list):DVD-Players
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Alpine Electronics, Inc. is traditionally known as an aftermarket car audio and navigation systems manufacturer, famed for their high quality, high price in-car audio units commonly known as headunits. It is a subsidiary of Japanese electronics manufacturer Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
In 2006 Alpine's turnover came 76% from OEM business, mainly to premium vehicle brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Acura, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover. It is a subsidiary of Alps Electric Co. and its registered head office is in Tokyo, Japan. However its main offices, or the real headquarters, are in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
Established in 1967 as Alps-Motorola - joint venture between Alps Electric and U.S.-based Motorola - it became Alpine Electronics, Inc. in 1978 when Alps bought out Motorola's share of the company.
Alpine offers a wide range of items, including in-car multimedia, amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers and signal processing equipment.
In 1984 Alpine acquired the Luxman brand of high-end home stereo equipment from Japanese Lux Corporation, and tried to merge their Alpine home hi-fi brand with the Luxman brand by co-branding the resulting products as Alpine/Luxman. Because of the differences in the way the products were built (Alpine used mainly standard stainless metals and plastics, Luxman used high end exotic metals) and product lines from both brands were branded Alpine/Luxman it created brand confusion in their markets, and nearly destroyed the credibility of the Luxman brand. The company later sold off the Luxman brand in the early 2000s (making Luxman an independent company again) to concentrate fully on the car audio business.
Between 1992 and 1995, Ford Australia offered a premium sound system developed in conjunction with Alpine to their high-end Fairlane and LTD models.
In the 1995 James Bond Film "Goldeneye", the Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond featured an Alpine 7817R CD Tuner which acted as a Communication device and doubled as a colour printer/fax.
For the past few years, Alpine have sponsored a driver from the Andretti Green racing team in the Indy Racing League. After sponsoring Dario Franchitti in 2005 and Marco Andretti in 2006,they are sponsoring Tony Kanaan in 2007.
- 1981 world's first automotive navigation system, created for Honda as the Electro Gyrocator
- 1982 world's first in-car computerized equalizer
- 1983 Alpine introduces their first remote control auto security systems
- 1984 Alpine introduces the Model 9500 Mobile Cellular Telephone
- 1990 7909 CD Tuner
- 1991 5700 DAT headunit
- 1993 7980 world's first in-dash 3-CD Changer/Tuner
- 1994 world's first speaker utilising DDDrive Technology
- 1998 world's smallest CD Auto Changer
- 2001 world's first swivel in-dash monitor
- 2004 world's first Dolby Digital EX aftermarket in-car product
- 2004 Alpine introduced the BioLite display technology in their 2004 receiver lineup
- 2004 world's first company to manufacture a component which can interact with an iPod
- 2005 First full Class D MOST bus amplifer for the Volvo XC90
- 2007 introduction of the iDA-x001, the first headunit developed in partnership with Apple to utilise the iPod
- 2008 introduction of the Imprint sound procesor Technology,which allows individual car audio system tuning
- 2008 introduction of the IVA-W205R Mobile Media Station,which can house a portable Blackbird Navigation device
- 2009 introduction of headunits which have integral bluetooth handsfree capability
Other innovations have included the Alpine F#1 Status systems and V12 AccuClass-D power amplifiers.
At the Alpine Museum in Japan there is a model "7307" radio/tape recorder (circa 1981) shot by an American (using a .45-caliber pistol at a distance of 4Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â feet). The owner, frustrated with the performance of the product, shot the unit and returned it to Alpine. This gesture brought home to Alpine the importance of product quality, and as a result they spent US$25 million on a testing and evaluation centre in Iwaki-city, Japan.