Photo 2/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 01 | Alpine’s resident tech expert Phil Bowen got right to work assessing the damage caused by thieves when they stole the first Alpine system out of our resident Ford F-150. Thieves suck!
Photo 3/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 02 | The Alpine iLX-F309 Halo9 unit boasts a full 9-inch touchscreen display, which can be moved up/down, in/out, and even tilted to accommodate different dashboard styles.
Photo 4/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 03 | From the side, the Alpine Halo9’s universal design can be seen. A single-DIN–style chassis ensures the unit can be installed in anything with a single- or double-DIN radio opening. For example, just about every truck on the road!
Photo 5/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 04 | Connections for multiple media sources can be seen on the rear, along with a cooling fan to ensure reliable operation in even the tightest dash spaces.
Photo 6/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 05 | Alpine’s X-A90V 5-Channel X-Series digital amplifier provides 900 watts of clean, continuous power for the whole system, while keeping the chassis size small for easy installation.
Photo 7/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 06 | The iDatalink Maestro K150 dash kit for the ’13-to-’14 Ford F-150 seamlessly integrates an aftermarket radio like the Alpine Halo9, and the OEM features are retained by the kit when installed with the Maestro RR interface module (sold separately).
Photo 8/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 07 | The original Alpine digital amp was able to easily fit under the rear passenger seat in the truck, with plenty of room for ventilation. The updated version has another 150 watts of power and will fit in the same location.
Photo 9/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 08 | All wires were run under the carpet to the amplifier location under the rear seat. Note the heavy 4-gauge power and ground wires that are critical when installing a powerful amp like this.
Photo 10/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 09 | Phil tied the speaker leads to the proprietary plugs Alpine uses to connect the speakers to the amp.
Photo 11/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 10 | All the wiring was terminated with the plugs Alpine supplied with the amp and snapped into place.
Photo 12/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 11 | When completed, the wiring looked neat and clean like this. A hole to route the wiring was cut under the amp so it can’t be seen.
Photo 13/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 12 | The two Alpine Type S 10-inch subwoofers and the custom-sealed enclosure provide the low frequencies and were carried over from the last install. This box was designed by Alpine’s own Steve Brown to down-fire under the rear seat for max output.
Photo 14/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 13 | Phil spliced the Alpine power harness to the universal harness included in the K150 dash kit using crimp connectors.
Photo 15/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 14 | With the wiring complete, Phil plugged everything in to test the system before reassembling the vehicle. This is an important step and potentially a huge time-saver.
Photo 16/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 15 | The Alpine Halo9 chassis was mounted into the vehicle first, and the screen was bolted on the front of the faceplate. Note the thick steel used for this connector to ensure long-term rattle-free operation.
Photo 17/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 16 | Phil plugged in the appropriate connections, including this plug that matches the F-150’s OEM radio harness. If the truck ever needed to go back to stock, it would be no problem.
Photo 18/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 17 | Then Phil installed the dash kit trim bezel around the chassis of the Alpine unit. Note that while it appears stock, the heater and A/C control unit is actually part of the kit. It is necessary to replace it when replacing the radio in certain F-150 models (like this one).
Photo 19/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 18 | With the truck buttoned up, Phil checked the functionality of the new Alpine Halo9 system.
Photo 20/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 19 | The K150 kit incorporates some innovative features, like this pocket with USB, HDMI, and 3.5mm inputs for easy media connection to that huge 9-inch screen.
Photo 21/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 20 | CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard on the Alpine Halo9, allowing most-used functions like navigation, phone, music, and messages to be driven by the smartphone and controlled by the Alpine unit.
Photo 22/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 21 | With an iPhone connected, functions like navigation become instantly available and controllable via touch or voice.
Photo 23/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 22 | Multiple audio sources like Bluetooth, HDMI, and CarPlay allow connectivity across a wide range of devices.
Photo 24/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 23 | Phil spent some time tuning the system using Alpine’s built-in sound-processing functions, and the result was a system that rocks!
Photo 25/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 24 | The voice button allows hands-free control of the system, which is important in places like California, which have steep fines for in-car cell phone use.
Photo 26/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 25 | Alpine’s Steve Brown dials in the amp gains and crossover points to get the most out of the system. Tuning is an often-missed step that can really maximize the sound and output of a quality setup like this.
Photo 27/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 26 | Now that the sound is right, Phil installs the beauty covers to finish the amplifier install.
Photo 28/28 | Alpine Electronics New Halo9 27 | The installation is complete, so Phil wastes no time testing it with a rap classic! The Alpine Halo9 display not only upgrades the look of the F-150’s dash but vastly improves the connectivity as well. If you have an older vehicle you plan on keeping, maybe it’s time to upgrade the dashboard to 2018 status! All that was left to do now was hit the road while bumpin’ “Boyz in the Hood!”