When I first got a car the first thing I did of course was put in a serious system, but back then it wasn’t about fidelity, it was about how many woofers you could fit in the trunk. Yeah I was one of those kids… I know my way around car audio quite well, but I have been out of it for so long I’m not to hip to the new technologies. The other day I decided to fill the hole where my last head unit was previously jacked. Apparently someone wanted it more than I did, but it gave me an excuse for a new toy.
So I dropped by Tweeter for some amazing going out of business sales to shop. As I was checking them out I was warned by one of the sales people that this particular head unit did not have a CD player in it- as if this was to deter the possibility of me returning it. I was excited to hear that such a thing existed. The head unit was basically just an in dash MP3 player. Alpine dubs this as a “Digital Media Receiver”. This idea is appealing to me because, one I don’t use CDs and two it’s a big part of the player that is likely the first to break due to having moving parts.
I have only had it for a few weeks, but so far is had been pretty good to me. It sounds great though the Polk speakers in the factory locations and browsing the USB drive is really easy even while driving. It supports standard MSC flash drives, WMV DRM, and the iPod. No Zune support but I’m told by the third party accessories manager at Microsoft that it is indeed coming. The reason that Zune support is taking so long is that manufactures have a 3 year product cycle on head units. So we may see them as soon as the next generation. That should be soon, since this X100 is a year or two old. I do give it the abi endorsement and at under $270 it’s a deal.