Alpine's New Processor - PXA-H800
Posted 10 January 2011 - 01:28 PM
Just saw this through MEA's facebook page...
Will be interested in hearing more details about this as they are released, and especially interested in real-world test/reviews, though these are unlikely to happen for a few weeks/months (at a guess)
Quick overview (for those too lazy to click the link);
* IMPRINT EQ – Automatic tuning technology. Using the omni-directional microphone in various positions in the vehicle the system analyses the data and automatically corrects any problems and then applies the desired target EQ curve.
* AntEQ – This technology removes any factory supplied equalization, leaving a “flat” response to work from.
* RoadEQ – Automatically correct any road noise issues, in real time.
* User Customisation – The user can customise the sound to their liking via manual or automatic tuning using the optional RUX controller or the computer software. Usually the owner would tune automatically, then make minor tweaks manually.
* MediaXpander PLUS – Improves playback from compressed media device such as iPods and can restore the audio data.
* 6 Channel Inputs – Up to 10 volts, both RCA and speaker are provided.
* Dual Optical Inputs – Ai Net and Ai Net Aux.
* 8 Channel Outputs – Fully active, 4 volts.
* Equalization – 31 bands per channel.
* Parametric Equalizer – 10 bands on front, rear and centre channel.
* Subwoofer Parametric Equalizer – 5 bands.
* X-Over Slopes – Up to 36dB/octave.
* Signal to Noise Ratio – 110dB Digital / 105dB Analog.
* Digital to Analog Conversion – 24 Bit, high performance.
* DSP – Dual 32-bit floating point operation.
Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:04 PM
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Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:11 PM
I suppose I want one that is somewhat future proof though.. this one looks pretty good if I had the spare $
Quick overview (for those too lazy to click the link);
Pricing In the US... The PXA-H800 unit will be available in April for $699, as will the RUX-C800 controller for $249. The DCS-BT1 is available now for $99.
Alpine has addressed the short comings of the previous model PXA-H660 (an updated US version of the PXA-H650, now available in the US for the reduced price of $249). This should see it perform well when up against the JBL and Audison units when it arrives. Next I will take a look at the new Rockford 3Sixty.3 and I can tell you it has some great, unique features. Also I will try to get some further info on the OEM integration unit that Sony had on display at the CES.
Edited by Deadeye, 10 January 2011 - 02:12 PM.
Posted 10 January 2011 - 03:47 PM
Needs to come packaged into a full blown Head Unit OR incorporate multi-channel processing. 2 channel needs to die, especially since 5.1 etc. are coming into the market.
Posted 10 January 2011 - 04:11 PM
In regards to 5.1. Why? Movies in cars is silly. Music in 5.1 is a very small market.
I am a SQ purist and music lover - I have zero interest in movies in the car or soundtracks in 5.1
Posted 10 January 2011 - 04:57 PM
Multi-channel audio reproduction can actually greatly improve sound quality in a car, and overcome some of the shortfalls of the cars acoustic environment, and the natural seating positions in a car.
Posted 10 January 2011 - 05:15 PM
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Posted 10 January 2011 - 05:55 PM
As to the 5.1 bit, Fury hit the nail on the head. 2-channel in a car is a dated, flawed concept. 5.1 properly executed will trump it, and is much MUCH easier to effectively employ for good SQ (and cheaper). It would be nice to see a proper high-end processor employ this at the very least. 2-channel -> 5.1 channel decoders arent even 'new technology'. They have existed for years as polished products.
Posted 10 January 2011 - 06:34 PM
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Posted 10 January 2011 - 08:32 PM
However on specs it doesn't seem to bad, more features for the everyday user than the SQ competitor.
Posted 10 January 2011 - 08:44 PM
Alpine PXA-H800: $699.95 (US)
Alpine RUX-C800: $249.95 (US)
So considering how the dollar is at the moment, you would expect these figure to be close to the mark for our Australian dollar (hopefully)...
Posted 10 January 2011 - 09:27 PM
would have been nice to set itself apart with a couple of more outputs - front 1/2/3 _ centre/sub/surround... oh well.
interested to hear more about the new controller..
"RUX-C800 – In dash controller (DIN size) required for programming and stand alone use of the PXA-H800. Provides control of the processor from the dash and when used in conjunction with a compatible Alpine head unit it can control sources and sound functions."
what other functions can be controlled?
Posted 10 January 2011 - 09:34 PM
they had massive raps for the H660, so i imported one and now they have already made it outdated. i will definitly be keen to update when this comes outs and sell the H660.
Posted 10 January 2011 - 10:58 PM
Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:00 PM
It's nice they've given it a cosmetic boost, making it worth showing off! Not just a 'grey box'.
sounds interesting, though can't say i'm a fan of the looks of the RUX controller
dual optical inputs - check.. just need an alpine with optical outputs.. OOPS!
Two things spring to mind:
1. the RUX probably reflects the new look of future Alpine headunits, to match
2. perhaps one such future HU will have optical output! Surely!
Posted 11 January 2011 - 08:32 AM
Unfortunately, with the dollar the way it is, this will force many to buy overseas - that is inevitable. I know from a warranty and support point of view I would still buy it locally if ~ $200 - $300 price difference.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:53 AM
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:43 PM
I see the LED's on the front with Dolby and DTS :):):)
Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:52 AM
Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:57 AM
wonder if clarion is now going to bring out an updated hx-d2(d3)? or settle for being an entry/mid-level brand.
Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:50 AM
As for 5.1 in cars - seriously 5.1 in home is mostly over rated let alone in a car