Still looking for a little treat to kick off the New Year?
Based on Alpine's game-changing iPod-centric iDA-X001, the 'iDA-X200' (above) and 'iDA-X300' (below) feature the same central 'Self-Return' dial which eliminates endless turning by employing an incremental speed system meaning the more it is turned, the faster it scrolls - before spinning back to its start position. Just like the flagship X001, the pair also forgo a CD slot (though they can be connected to a CD changer in the boot) to provide a large screen and feature a dedicated USB slot for non-Applian MP3 players.
Marking a step up from its forebear however both the X200 and X300 also sport Bluetooth for easily connecting a mobile phone for safe hands-free driving, a 24bit DA converter, 4x 45W high power output, plus FM, MW and LW capable tuners.
In fact, with matching 178 x 50 x 160mm single slot form factors as well Alpine hasn't provided us with any information that separates these two other than colour (if you know, let us know!).
Still with a late January shipping date and prices yet to be announced there's some time still for a little more digging. Someone pass me a shovel...
Update: Nope, they are still identical in my mind, but Alpine has warned us that currently the X200 and X300 only partially support the latest generation iPods (iPod nano 3rd generation, iPod classic and iPod touch) with no mention of the iPhone. So be warned.