New entertainment system from Alpine Electronics capable of showing 6 films back to back with ‘Supervisory Mode’ to control rear seat viewing
Revealed at the Paris Motor Show, the flagship Range Rover now comes with the option of a sophisticated rear entertainment system incorporating a six disc player. Housed in the boot, the integrated Alpine unit allows six DVDs to be watched back to back - enough to keep the most demanding passengers entertained on long journeys. The system also features a ‘Supervisory Mode’ allowing front seat occupants to control the rear seat viewing and functions, giving parents the chance to select and operate discs for younger children and monitor what is being watched at any time.
Unlike most other mobile multimedia systems - where only one source can be selected at any one time - each occupant can view or listen to their own source, be it the radio, CD, TV or DVD.
Mounted in the back of the front headrests, each of the two 6.5" widescreen (16:9 format) displays can be operated independently - allowing one passenger to watch the DVD while another plays on the games console via an individual auxiliary input . The elegant installation also features infrared-controlled wireless headphones, doing away with unsightly wiring.
"It’s the perfect recipe for stress-free motoring", comments Alpine’s UK marketing manager, Nick Bailey. "The front seat occupants can enjoy the radio or a CD, while one rear passenger watches a DVD and another hones her gaming skills." Ensuring the system integrated sympathetically with the Range Rover’s interior was another challenge for Alpine’s engineers who worked closely with Land Rover to ensure seamless integration of the system and its associated components.
"Premium marques require attention to every detail" continues Bailey, "so we analysed every aspect from the luminosity of the screens to the ability to perform off-road - as the system has to be every bit as tough as the Range Rover. We have also worked hard to ensure the installation blends perfectly with the vehicle’s interior and is sympathetic to the Range Rover brand."Published 5 October 2004