They decided again to go with 2v pre-amp outputs. Everything seemed perfect about this except that. Even my 2 year old pioneer headunit has 4v out. I'm a very serious audiophile who spends a lot of time in the car. I have all my albums in a lossless codec. Right now I'm just getting analog signal from the ipod dock, but with the X100 I can go straight digital (gen 5 and up), thats a plus
How badly is my audio going to be compromised by going from 4v to 2v> I also REALLY like Pioneer's Auto EQ and Auto time align feature. My unit has a 13 band EQ that gets autotuned to my interior soundspace. There's Imprint, but you cant get any of that without also purchasing the PXA-H100, which is supposedly $150, and is permanently attached to your headunit, so you're going to need the space for that to.
The X100 only outputs 18w continuous as well, but I don't think this makes much of a difference to those of us who are using external amplifiers already. Although Alpine claims to offer :
Need a power boost? Add the KTP-445 Head Unit Power Pack! It delivers a true 45W x 4 RMS power and is compact enough to install behind the iDA-X100. It plugs right inline with the iDA-X100's wiring harness so you don’t even need additional wires.
If I could get the X100 interface, display, w/ Pioneer's 13 band auto EQ and time alignment already built in. It would be perfect. I was excited about it at first, now the more I find out about it, I'm still going to be searching for the best solution.