Alpine sat nav, iPod in your car, Alpine N333RRS, KCA-420i

For those who have just about had enough of Dension, check out the Alpine head units that support the KCA-420i interface…!

Personally, I’ll be looking for a sat nav unit, such as this one which you will see from the link is only 975 Euros (or roughly ��660 at today’s rates), instead of the massively overpriced ��1500 that this lot quoted me (plus fitting… plus adapters, plus can-bus, definitely, before they have even looked at the car…) with a word of caution regarding my internet ‘find’ about ‘grey imports’, ‘not real Alpine gear’, and the best one… “You’ll pay a hefty amount of import duty on that, son”… followed soon by rumblings and grumblings about how they lost ��43,000 due to eBay and Internet sales. Well, that must have been careless of them.

The German company Caraudio-versand are very nice on the phone, speak English and are keen to do business… Oh, and if you pay the German rate of VAT there is NO IMPORT COST, according to the customs and excise folk, who I rang up to speak to about it all… almost impenetrable website, but excellent advice over the phone.

4 thoughts on “Alpine sat nav, iPod in your car, Alpine N333RRS, KCA-420i

  • 30 April, 2005 at 1:17 pm

    Hey, that ‘find’ looks good Hal, except I can’t imagine looking at that screen whilst motoring along… I imagine it does the voice commands which is probably enough anyway… I suppose it also matters where the head unit is located in the car. If, like mine, it is midway down the centre console, I feel the map would be too far away from the normal view through the windscreen.

    What do you think?

  • 30 April, 2005 at 1:18 pm

    ah… that’s odd… your blog doesn’t show the name even though I added it to the field above the comment box… hmmm… Jonathan

  • 30 April, 2005 at 8:57 pm

    Uh oh – I might have broken the code then!!

    Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  • 30 April, 2005 at 9:09 pm

    To be honest, the thought of looking closely at a screen whilst driving fills me with fear anyway! On a recent drive to Birmingham I was lucky enough to get a hire car with sat nav (Toyota Avensis) which had a crappy little display but the voice commands were excellent – certainly all I needed. With this in mind I chose the Alpine simply because it does the voice bit, but more importantly allows me to connect up my iPod instead of a CD changer.

    So, listening to voice commands, watching all the fun of the road and playing my iPod seems to be ideal.

    I do agree, however, that if your primary concern is the screen then this might not be the kit for you… I quite like the look of those flip up screens that hide in the head unit, but this piece of kit seems adequate for my needs. That said, the display on this is a ‘biolite’ affair – lots more detail than a standard LCD type of screen, but as I say, I doubt I’d be looking too much at it – I’d leave that to the co-pilot, I reckon!

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