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Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver Android Features

I've been a camera nut all my life, so it makes sense I'd end up being a video producer. Of course, it has been a roundabout journey for me, as I started at Crutchfield in 2007 writing about car audio gear. Over the years I've learned about all the electronic items we sell, and it is my job to make sure we are making videos that you will find useful, whether you're shopping for something specific or trying to install some new gear yourself. My job is a lot of fun because I get to play around with all the cool stuff you see on our website while I'm making videos about it. Getting hands-on with the gear helps me see what I should show you about a product, though the flip side is my personal wish list is a mile long...

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We’ve long recommended Alpine receivers to anyone looking for great sound and solid performance. Now, with their ICS-X7HD digital media receiver, Alpine has given you smartphone junkies and digital-media aficionados a receiver that speaks your language. Not only will it connect to your iPhone® or Android™ phone to take advantage of apps you’ve loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth® that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly. To top it off, its built-in HD Radio™ tuner allows you to enjoy vastly-improved sound quality from participating local AM and FM stations.

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Video Transcript

Zak: I'm at the Alpine booth at CES 2013 with Steve. And Steve, tell us about the ICS-X7HD as it applies to Android.

Steve: Well yeah, if you're an Android user, and specifically a Samsung Galaxy S3 user, Samsung's about to launch an app that you're really going to be excited about. It's called MirrorLink — and actually their app is called the Drive Link app — and what it does is it allows you to mirror some of the functions from your phone directly onto your in-dash screen. Now this is great because this app is optimized for vehicle use, so it's really designed with big icons and big buttons so you can really see it and operate it easily while you drive.

And as you can see, we've got three different applications. We've got music, we've got phone, and we've got location. Now really, the biggest benefit here is the location option because now I take the great turn-by-turn live updated navigation that's in my Samsung phone, and I'm mirroring it directly on to my screen so now I can see exactly the same navigation that I'm looking at on my phone, but now it's in the dash, it's on a bigger screen, and it's easier to operate. And that's really the benefit. So now I've got an AV unit that's coming in at a relatively low cost that I can add a navigation system to with my phone that already exists.

Zak: Sounds great. Thanks Steve.

  • Mark Hurt

    Posted on 7/18/2015

    The alpine ics-x7hd receiver has two wires that need to be attached to the foot brake and e brake. Since it doesn't have a dvd player, can I bypass thes two wires? If so how do I do that? If not, where exactly on my 2003 Lincoln town car do make the two connections and how?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/20/2015

    Mark, Alas, no. Because the receiver will play video, those wires must be connected, period. For safety and legal reasons, the ICS-X7HD features a video lock-out feature to prevent the driver from watching video while the vehicle is in motion. This also pertains to the receiver's System & Audio Setup Menus.
    If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help connecting your receiver properly. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

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