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Encyclopedia > Alpine Electronics
Alpine Electronics, Inc.
アルパイン株式会社
Type Public K.K. (TYO: 6816 )
Founded Tokyo, Japan (May 10, 1967)
Headquarters Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Key people Seizo Ishiguro, President & CEO
Industry Consumer electronics
Products Car audio and automotive navigation systems
Employees 9,863 Consolidated
Website Alpine Electronics, Inc.

Alpine Electronics, Inc. (アルパイン株式会社 Arupain Kabushiki-gaisha?) (TYO: 6816 ) is traditionally known as an aftermarket car audio and navigation systems manufacturer, famed for their high quality, high price in-car audio units commonly known as headunits. It is a subsidiary of Japanese electronics manufacturer Alps Electric Co., Ltd. Image File history File links Alpine_logo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Business corporation ) is a type of corporation ) defined under Japanese law. ... The Tokyo Stock Exchange ), or TSE, is one of the largest stock exchange markets in the world by monetary volume located in Tokyo, Japan, second only to the New York Stock Exchange. ... Tokyo (東京; Tōkyō, lit. ... Shinagawa ) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Consumer electronics is a term used to describe the category of electronic equipment intended for everyday use by people, the consumers. ... It has been suggested that In car entertainment be merged into this article or section. ... A taxi in Kyoto, equipped with GPS navigation system An automotive navigation system is a satellite navigation system designed for use in automobiles. ... This article is about work. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... The Tokyo Stock Exchange ), or TSE, is one of the largest stock exchange markets in the world by monetary volume located in Tokyo, Japan, second only to the New York Stock Exchange. ... Aftermarket is an umbrella term for the collective network of vendors who design and sell vehicular components that are intended to replace the stock manufacturers parts. ... It has been suggested that In car entertainment be merged into this article or section. ... An Apline head unit A head unit is a component of a stereo system either in a vehicle or home theater system used to tie together and provide a unified interface system for the various components of a system, ranging from audio players such as a remote-mounted CD changer... This article is about the engineering discipline. ... Alps Electric Co. ...


In 2006 Alpine's turnover came 76% from OEM business, mainly to premium vehicle brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Acura, Volvo, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover. It is a subsidiary of Alps Electric Co. and its registered head office is in Tokyo, Japan. However its main offices, or the real headquarters, are in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ... For other uses, see BMW (disambiguation). ... Acura (アキュラ Akyura) is a luxury brand of Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company. ... Volvo Cars is the luxury car maker using the Volvo Trademark. ... Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury performance cars, whose headquarters are at Gaydon, Warwickshire, England. ... Jaguar Cars Limited is a luxury car manufacturer, originally with headquarters in Browns Lane, Coventry, England but now at Whitley, Coventry. ... Land Rover was the name of one of the first British civilian all-terrain utility vehicles, first produced by Rover in 1947. ... Alps Electric Co. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... This article is about the city in Fukushima. ...


Established in 1967 as Alps-Motorola — a joint venture between Alps Electric and U.S.-based Motorola — it became Alpine Electronics, Inc. in 1978 when Alps bought out Motorola's share of the company. Motorola Inc. ...


Alpine offers a wide range of items, including in-car multimedia, amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers and signal processing equipment. For the British rock band of the same name, see Amplifier (band). ... For the Marty Friedman album, see Loudspeaker (album) An inexpensive low fidelity 3. ... a 12 subwoofer driver A subwoofer refers to either a driver, or a complete loudspeaker dedicated to the reproduction of bass audio frequencies, typically from 150 Hz down to 20 Hz. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Contents

Corporate vision

In 2005, Alpine changed its corporate message from "Discover the Future of Mobile Media" to "Driving Mobile Media Solutions". According to Alpine, this is to reflect the company's "determination to be a Mobile Media Solution Company that creates Visionary Value".


Company logo

The five stripes in the Alpine logo were added in the 1990s. Originally light blue to contrast with the letters which were in dark blue, they were later changed to one colour. The stripes are each said to stand for different aspects of Alpine's philosophy[1] which are:

  • Engineering Excellence
  • Manufacturing Excellence
  • Marketing Excellence
  • Service Excellence
  • Partner Excellence

Notable products and technologies

  • 1981 world's first automotive navigation system
  • 1982 world's first in-car computerized equalizer
  • 1990 7909 CD Tuner
  • 1991 5700 DAT headunit
  • 1993 7980 world's first in-dash [[CD Changer|3-CD Changer/Tuner]
  • 1994 world's first speaker utilising DDDrive Technology
  • 1998 world's smallest CD Auto Changer
  • 2001 world's first swivel in-dash monitor
  • 2004 world's first Dolby Digital EX aftermarket in-car product[2]
  • 2004 world's first company to manufacture a component which can interact with an iPod
  • 2007 introduction of the iDA-x001, the first headunit developed in partnership with Apple to utilise the iPod

Other innovations have included the Alpine F#1 Status systems and V12 AccuClass-D power amplifiers. A taxi in Kyoto, equipped with GPS navigation system An automotive navigation system is a satellite navigation system designed for use in automobiles. ... For information about computer bandwidth management, see Equalization (computing). ... An Apline head unit A head unit is a component of a stereo system either in a vehicle or home theater system used to tie together and provide a unified interface system for the various components of a system, ranging from audio players such as a remote-mounted CD changer... Digital audio tape can also refer to a compact cassette with digital storage. ... A video monitor is similar to a television. ... Description Dolby Digital is the trademark for Dolby Laboratories AC-3 audio coding system. ... iPod is a brand of portable media player designed and marketed by Apple and launched in October 2001. ...


At the Alpine Museum in Japan there is a model "7307" radio/tape recorder (circa 1981) shot by an American (using a .45-caliber pistol at a distance of 4 feet). The owner, frustrated with the performance of the product, shot the unit and returned it to Alpine. This gesture brought home to Alpine the importance of product quality, and as a result they spent US$25 million on a testing and evaluation centre in Iwaki-city, Japan. Iwaki (いわき市; -shi) is a city located in Fukushima, Japan. ...


Awards

EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) Awards: EISA means: Extended Industry Standard Architecture European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA Awards). ...

  • 2006–2007 Best Innovation - Mobile - Vehicle Hub Pro VPA-B222R
  • 2005–2006 Best Subwoofer - Mobile - SWX-1042D
  • 2004–2005 Best Mobile Headunit - CDA-9835R

Alpine F#1 Status - Innovations 2001–2002 (USA), Car HiFi Grand Prix (France), Good Design Award (Japan), Annual In Car Awards 2002 (UK), European Car Audio of the Year 2001–2002.


OEM Navigation USA - the JD Power customer Award 2002–2005.


The 1986 Buick Grand National, modified by SpeakerWorks in Orange, California, is believed to be the only vehicle ever to retire undefeated from the pro division of the national sound-off circuit. The black Buick won the Alpine Car Audio Nationals II Pro Unlimited (751 watts and up) division in 1988, and IASCA's Pro unlimited title in 1989, 1990, and 1991 before being retired by its owner, Richard Clark. Its sound system is composed of five model 3545 amplifiers and the model 7909 headunit.


Trivia

  • Between the early 1980s until the end of the 1990s, as well as supplying car audio to Lamborghini, Alpine used their top of the range sports model (Countach, later superseded by Diablo) as a mascot car which featured in every product brochure and trade and public shows. The company's UK office, Alpine UK had a yellow Lamborghini Diablo SV with the registration L666 LAM (referring to the Diablo name) which was often seen at shows and events.
  • In 1984 Alpine acquired the Luxman brand of high-end home stereo equipment from Japanese Lux Corporation, and tried to merge their Alpine home hi-fi brand with the Luxman brand by co-branding the resulting products as Alpine/Luxman. Because of the differences in the way the products were built (Alpine used mainly standard stainless metals and plastics, Luxman used high end exotic metals) and product lines from both brands were branded Alpine/Luxman it created brand confusion in their markets, and nearly destroyed the credibility of the Luxman brand. The company later sold off the Luxman brand in the early 2000s (making Luxman an independent company again) to concentrate fully on the car audio business.
  • The U.S. office, Alpine USA, onward from 2002, commissioned a series of cars, with custom airbrushed and extensively modified bodywork and interior, which is designed to incorporate as many of its products as possible, the cars usually appear in various shows throughout the country. The cars that were used were:
  • In the 1995 James Bond Film "Goldeneye", the Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond featured an Alpine 7817R CD Tuner which acted as a Communication device and doubled as a colour printer/fax.[8]
  • For the past few years, Alpine have sponsored a driver from the Andretti Green racing team in the Indy Racing League. After sponsoring Dario Franchitti in 2005 and Marco Andretti in 2006,[9] they are sponsoring Tony Kanaan in 2007.

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References

  1. ^ http://www.alpine.com/e/corporate/five/images/spic_stripes.gif
  2. ^ http://www.dolby.com/ www.dolby.com
  3. ^ http://www.caraudiomag.com/v_features/0207cae_2002_acura_rsx/
  4. ^ http://www.caraudiomag.com/competition_corner/0309cae_september_2003_alpine_honda_civic/
  5. ^ http://www.crutchfieldadvisor.com/ISEO-rgbtcspd/customcar/scene/20040407/alpine_mini.html,
  6. ^ http://tunertricks.com/blog/index.php?cat=9
  7. ^ http://www.alpine-usa.com/en/fun/P-Lot/Corp-Vehicles/06-Sinster6/
  8. ^ http://www.jamesbondmm.co.uk/vehicles/aston-martin-db5-2.php?id=004
  9. ^ http://www.marcoandretti.com/sponsors.htm

External links

  • Alpine Electronics Global Website
  • Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.
  • Alpine Electronics of Europe, Inc.
  • Alpine Electronics of France, Inc.
  • Alpine Electronics of Japan, Inc.
  • Alpine Electronics of China, Inc.
  • Alpine Electronics of Australia, Inc.
  • Alpine Electronics F#1 Status Special Site
  • Alpine Sound is a special site discussing Partners, Technology & Alpine's commitment to being at the forefront of in-car entertainment development.

 
 

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