Alpine is out today at CES with its next-gen multimedia receivers for automobiles. The new 11 and 9-inch Halo Floating Touchscreen Receivers include support for wired and wireless CarPlay/Android Auto as well as compatibility with Lossless hi-res audio.

Update 1/6: Alpine has also announced new weather-resistant receivers for the Jeep Wrangler.

Both of the new Alpine High-Resolution Jeep Receivers are 9-inch models and come with the upgraded wireless CarPlay and support for hi-res Lossless audio. The new i509-WRA-JK works with the 2011-2018 Jeep Wrangler and the i509-WRA-JL is for the new 2018-Up Jeep Wrangler and 2020-Up Jeep® Gladiator.

Check out all the specs below.


Alpine introduced the new Halo receivers in a press release this morning with the wireless CarPlay/Android Auto and hi-res audio support being the headlining features on the new 11 and 9-inch models that have 1280 x 720 resolution displays.

In 2018, the Alpine Halo display created a new benchmark for premium dash system technology with a groundbreaking, “floating-style,” adjustable display and versatile 1-DIN chassis that can fit into virtually any vehicle. The displays added features to make the drive easy and exciting. Today, we are proud to introduce the next-generation dash technology, including both audio and visual High-Resolution specs, that take the Alpine Halo display to new heights.

For hi-res audio support, the new Halo receivers work with FLAC and APE codecs in addition to the traditional MP3/WMA/AAC formats. They also support H.264/MPEG-4 AVC/MP4/MOV/FLV/MKV video via USB.

The new Halo Floating Touchscreen Receivers use a standard 1-DIN chassis and include an adjustable height, depth, and angle mounting bracket to offer compatibility with a wide variety of vehicles for aftermarket installation.

The new Halo CarPlay receivers are set to launch in February priced at $1,199.95 for the 11-inch and $999.95 for the 9-inch model.

Alpine Halo Floating Touchscreen Receiver specs:

  • 11-inch (iLX-F511) and 9-inch (iLX-F509) WXGA High Resolution Display (1280x720px)
  • Tapered display housing and silver trim for a clean, modernized fit and finish
  • Floating style display with adjustable height, depth, and angle mounting bracket
  • Standard 1-DIN chassis designed to fit aftermarket ISO DIN dash kits for various vehicle applications
  • Hi-Res Audio Playback
  • Works with Apple CarPlay® (wireless and wired)
  • The Google Assistant is available on Android Auto™ (wireless and wired)
  • Bluetooth® built-in for hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • SiriusXM-Ready®/ SiriusXM NGS-Ready® (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately; SiriusXM subscription required)
  • Built-in HD Radio®
  • HDMI Input and Output
  • Aux Input
  • Dual USB Input
  • iDatalink® Maestro Connectivity
  • DVR-C320R Alpine Dash Camera Compatible (camera sold separately)
  • Media Xpander®
  • Navigation Compatible with the KTX-NS01 Navigation Module (sold separately)
  • MP3/WMA/AAC/FLAC/APE music playback via USB
  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC/MP4/MOV/FLV/MKV video playback via USB
  • JPG/PNG/BMP USB photo viewer
  • Front/Rear camera inputs with distance guide display
  • KCX-C2600B Universal Front and Rear Camera Selector ready
  • Steering wheel remote control ready
  • External microphone included
  • Built-in amplifier (16-watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • 3 preouts (True 4V)
  • 5-band graphic EQ or 13-band parametric EQ (per channel)
  • 6-channel time correction
  • 24-bit DAC
  • High pass crossover/low pass crossover: Front/Rear/Subwoofer
  • CTA-2006 compliant

Weather-resistant Jeep receiver specs:

  • 9” WXGA High-Resolution Anti-Glare Display (1280x720px)
  • Jeep® -specific trim bezel
  • Plug-and-Play installation
  • Jeep® -specific opening screen and LED color scheme
  • Weather-Resistant (rated IP53 for dust and ingress)
  • Jeep® -specific tuning
  • Hi-Res Audio Playback
  • Works with Apple CarPlay® (wireless and wired)
  • The Google Assistant is available on Android Auto™ (wireless and wired)
  • Bluetooth® built-in for hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • SiriusXM-Ready®/ SiriusXM NGS-Ready® (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately; SiriusXM subscription required)
  • HDMI Input and Output
  • Aux Input
  • Dual USB Input
  • iDatalink® Maestro Connectivity
  • DVR-C320R Alpine Dash Camera Compatible (camera sold separately)
  • Media Xpander®
  • Navigation Compatible with the KTX-NS01 Navigation Module (sold separately)
  • MP3/WMA/AAC/FLAC/APE music playback via USB
  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC/MP4/MOV/FLV/MKV video playback via USB
  • JPG/PNG/BMP USB photo viewer
  • Front/Rear camera input with distance guide display (i509-WRA-JK)
  • Retains factory rear-view camera (i509-WRA-JL)
  • KCX-C2600B Universal Front and Rear Camera Selector ready (i509-WRA-JK)
  • Steering wheel remote control ready
  • External microphone included
  • Built-in amplifier (16-watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • 3 preouts (True 4V)
  • 5-band graphic EQ or 13-band parametric EQ (per channel)
  • 6-channel time correction
  • 24-bit DAC
  • High pass crossover/low pass crossover: Front/Rear/Subwoofer
  • CTA-2006 compliant

Alpine says the new Jeep receivers will launch in February priced at $1,999.95 and $2,199.95.

Alpine i509-WRA-JK

9to5Mac’s take

While much of what’s made Alpine’s Halo receivers popular remains the same with this year’s models, the wireless CarPlay/Android Auto upgrade is a very welcome improvement. That’s going to offer a much more seamless experience for both Apple and Android users and could be enough to convince a new wave of customers that spending $1,000+ on a retrofit for their vehicle is worth it.

Add in the new hi-res Lossless support that will woo audiophiles and just a $50 increase on the retail price from the previous models, and these new Halo receivers could be a hit.

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