We live in tablet times, and Alpine’s iLX-F259 multimedia receiver gives the people what they want — a 9″ touchscreen that “floats” over top other dash controls and fits in vehicles that previously couldn’t accommodate a comparable touchscreen receiver. Best of all, an oversized interface means you get big, intuitive controls and plenty of information at a glance, so it’s easier to keep your eyes on the road. Alpine has also made this receiver their most customizable, letting you drag-and-drop audio sources to create up to three home screens that you can swipe between. You can even personalize backgrounds with your own photos. This is your radio, your way, with all of Alpine’s trademark sonic capabilities and the very best smartphone integration.
Works in most dashes
The iLX-F259 comes in two main pieces: a 2″ tall chassis and a 9″ touchscreen. The chassis fits in most single-DIN dash openings, and since there’s no disc player, the mounting depth shouldn’t be an issue for most vehicles. Once you’ve mounted the chassis in your dash opening, you can choose from five available vertical mounting positions for the screen, giving you the flexibility to enjoy the radio without blocking essential dash climate controls. Your vents might be partially blocked, but Alpine designed the radio to function under typical in-vehicle temperatures.
Adjust to your liking
Once you’ve determined the best vertical position for the display, you also have the option of changing the screen viewing angle up to 45 degrees forward or 20 degrees backward. This allows you to accommodate for angled dashes or just to get a better look at your display, depending on its position in your dash. After you’ve chosen the best positions, four screws hold the display safely in place as you interact with it.
All the options
There’s no disc player in the iLX-F259, but it does include several ways to enjoy your media. You can use the rear USB pigtail to attach your smartphone or a thumb drive with your favorite music or video files. Rear-view camera owners will appreciate the included camera input and distance guidance display. A GPS antenna enhances your phone’s navigation functionality.
Use Bluetooth to make or receive hands-free phone calls via your smartphone with the included microphone, or stream music from your phone with ease. You can also use the included microphone to activate voice commands for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
This Alpine supports CarPlay —it integrates your iPhone® into the driving experience with a seamless interface, using voice commands to access iPhone content with minimal distraction. You’ll enjoy easy access to your music library, your phone, messages, navigation, and many third party streaming music apps, too. Learn more at www.apple.com/ios/carplay. As an added bonus, you can access Siri Eyes Free functionality with a touch of the receiver’s mic button, using your voice to place calls, select music, hear notification, add reminders — even compose and listen to text messages.
If you’re an Android fan, you’ll love how Android Auto integrates the Android platform into your driving experience in a non-distracting way. You’ll have voice control access to Google Maps, weather, music, your phone, text messages, plus easy access to many of your favorite apps. Get more info at www.android.com/auto.
Save your favorites
Along the bottom of the iLX-F259’s bezel you’ll find some helpful buttons, including a dedicated microphone button to activate voice controls for CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get a “favorites” button with a star on it, which allows you to save your preferred audio sources, places, contacts, stations, and more so you can pull them up on the screen in a hurry without scrolling through several menus.
Satellite radio compatibility and more
The iLX-F259 comes ready to play with a plethora of entertainment options, including an AM/FM tuner and USB input. You can add SiriusXM programming to the receiver with an optional tuner and your paid subscription.
Lots of audio controls
The iLX-F259’s not only a pretty face, it also boasts plenty of ways to keep your ears happy. You can use its many fingertip-friendly controls to set the 9-band parametric EQ, time correction, Bass Engine SQ, and much more. And it works with lossless FLAC files to give you the full-resolution digital media experience you crave. Pair your smartphone with Alpine’s TuneIt app installed with this stereo to get even deeper with the tweaks, save your favorite settings, and share them with other Alpine users online.