KICKER Marine Audio Teams Up with CPS Distributors at IBEX 2020

STILLWATER, OK (09.22.2020) – As the 2020 IBEX Online becomes “a virtual experience,” beginning September 29, top-quality, KICKER Marine Audio sound waves will still carry over the web. With the show theme, “Better Boats Begin Here,” OEM boat builders engaging KICKER Marine Audio through CPS get a direct line to what is new and trending in marine audio and accessories.

One of the current trends is the advance of Tower Systems on a variety of boats—not just the wake and wave boats that initially made them popular. KICKER has broadened its existing tower system collection with new technology and yet another set of mounting solutions, this time providing bolt pattern and wiring location that matches many factory tower hard-points. The KMFC 9 and 11 feature a horn-loaded, compression-driver system (HLCD), using an advanced KICKER proprietary horn design with titanium-dome drivers.

Both models are now finished in the popular glossy black or white and the grills come with a seven color LED light system which can be upgraded further to 20 colors and 19 lighting modes with the KMLC remote.

Like most KICKER Marine audio components, the KMFC9 and 11 meet or exceed ASTM standards for UV and salt fog exposure. The polypropylene woofer and Santoprene surround are UV-treated and the polyurethane basket is UV resistant.

Both models have four Ohm voice coils and for installation, use 1.4” titanium tweeters, a through-mount wiring system and 316L stainless mounting hardware, making them easy to install and dependable in harshest marine environment. And don’t forget KICKER’s unmistakable mid and high-range sound! MSRP $1,179.95 for the KMFC9 and $1,379.95 for the KMFC11.

These tower systems are only a part of the broad offerings that KICKER Marine Audio brings to the market, ensuring that pure and clear sound is part of the great boating experience. KICKER’s new head units add easy installation and operation for round or square mounting surfaces and offer top-quality performance and reliability. All KICKER Marine Audio products boast excellent customer service, making any customer issues easy to address on the spot.

“We have found IBEX an ideal venue to help our OEM boat builders select the best products for their markets,” says Phil White, KICKER’s Unit Director, Marine Audio Systems, “CPS has excellent relationships in the industry, and they are great long-term partner. Having brought automotive and marine components to the market for almost 50 years, KICKER Marine Audio adds the perfect blend of quality and value to CPS’ offerings.”

KICKER Marine Audio and CPS Distributors can be accessed at IBEX beginning September 29, 2020 at

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New Compustar PRO Remote Starters Feature Big Changes

SEATTLE, WA (09.22.2020) – Firstech is announcing the addition of two new remote kits to its Compustar PRO Series line of remote car starters: the PRO T13 (RFX-P2WT13-SF) and PRO R5 (RFP2WR5-SF). Both remote kits include 2-way, USB rechargeable remotes with super-long range and proximity unlocking capabilities.

The Compustar PRO T13 will be Firstech’s flagship model heading into the 2020 remote start and holiday seasons. The PRO T13 remote will be capable of up to 3 miles of 2-way range for remote start, security, and keyless entry commands. All remote commands are confirmed on the remote’s vibrant, color LCD. The PRO T13 also features a water-resistant case design and USB charging port. On a full charge, the maximum battery life is
45 days.

For convenient vehicle access, the Compustar PRO T13 and R5 remote kits will offer new proximity unlocking capabilities. This feature, which is built into the RF antenna, automatically unlocks and disarms the vehicle when the remote is within 3-6 feet. Proximity unlocking makes getting into the vehicle easier for users carrying shopping bags or equipment into their cars.

Joining the PRO T13 in the Compustar PRO Series lineup will be the PRO R5. The R5 remote is a compact, one button solution that uses LEDs to provide 2-way remote start and keyless entry confirmation. Two special characteristics of the PRO R5 is that it will be USB rechargeable and capable of receiving 2-way alarm alerts.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to release the next-generation of Compustar remotes in time for the 2020/21 remote start season,” shares Jason Kaminski, Firstech’s Managing Director. “Both the T13 and R5 are packed with the best Compustar has to offer, including improved durability, extended battery life, elegant case design, and enhanced user experience – just to name a few.”

The Compustar PRO T13 and PRO R5 will include two 2-way remotes in each kit along with the Drone X1 LTE telematics module for connecting the system to the DroneMobile app. Upon installation, customers can activate a 30-day free Premium trial to DroneMobile for smartphone control, GPS tracking, and family sharing.

Firstech will begin shipping limited quantities of the PRO T13 and R5 in mid-October 2020, with a full release scheduled for early December. These remotes kits will be available exclusively to authorized Compustar Pro retailers.

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GoFast Solutions Appoints Jon Clement as Upstate New York Sales Manager

GoFast Solutions has announced the appointment of Jon Clement as Sales Manager for the Upstate New York Territory for all 12 Volt related Brands. Dave Prinz, CEO of GoFast Solutions stated “Jon is a welcome addition to our team. As we continue to invest and grow as a Company by providing the best solutions to our customers, Jon’s knowledge and over 15 years of experience in the category and the area make him a perfect fit for the Upstate New York market.”

Jon Clement – Sales Manager for the Upstate New York Territory

Jon Clement said “I’m really excited to join the team at GoFast! I’ve resided in Upstate NY my entire life and I am looking forward to using that experience as an opportunity to serve the Dealer Base.

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MECA Car Audio to Present Separate SQL and SPL World Finals Events

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (09.21.2020) – The Mobile Electronics Competition Association, Inc. will be presenting separate League World Finals for 2020. Commish Steve Stern offered “With the volitile and confusing COVID-19 issues and repercussions, it has been extremely difficult to secure venues for events. MECA is concentrating on fulfilling the club’s mission for quality sound-off events, with a renewed emphasis on safety and crowd health and well-being, as we deal with the realities of the pandemic, and government requirements and guidelines.”

TRU Technolgy will be the Sound Quality League (SQL) Title Sponsor for the event outside Nashville, TN at the Cheatham County Fairgrounds, in Ashland City, on the weekend of October 17th and 18th. 60+ vehicles are expected for 7 Sound Quality classes, 4 Install classes, RTA Freq Out, and 2 SQ2 2-seat Sound Quality classes. MECA will also offer it’s Show & Shine car/truck/motorcyle show on Saturday the 17th.

Incriminator Audio, Sundown Audio, and XS Power have pledged support as co-sponsors for the Sound Pressure League (SPL) World Finals to be held at SoundCheck Customs store location in Lafayette, IN on the weekend of October 24/25th. RP Patel, owner at SoundCheck Customs, voluteered to host and help sponsor the event.

“It is great to have a Retail Member with the ability and participation demonstrated by RP and his crew! There will be 18 Sound Pressure classes, 5 Park & Pound classes, and the MECA Kids classes vying for Championship rings, sponsored by SoundCheck. The traditional Qualifying on Saturday, and Top 3 on Sunday for the Ring and 6′ trophy as World Champ, contest proceedings will take place. This event will include the Finals contests for Dueling Demos, Ride The Light, and our Show & Shine competitors” Stern added.

A BBQ is being planned for Saturday for the Members, Competitors and their families and friends, and fans.

Concluding, Stern stated “With a month to go, all pieces of the MECA puzzle are coming together: many State and Regional Finals in September, determining the State Champs in all classes, and then the Big Shows in October to cap of a memorable season.”

The annual Club Awards will be presented at the events, with voting by the Members closing on October 1st.

Info on the events, including sponsorship opportunites, can be obtained at and by contacting the Commissioner at or 615-851-7428.

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KENWOOD Ships Revolutionary 10.1” ULTIMATE Display Floating Panel Receivers

LONG BEACH, CA (09.21.2020) – KENWOOD USA is now shipping three 10.1” ULTIMATE display floating panel receivers:  KENWOOD eXcelon Reference DNR1007XR Digital Multimedia Receiver with Built-in Garmin Navigation ($1,599.95 MAP), KENWOOD eXcelon Reference DMX1057XR Digital Multimedia Receiver ($1,199.95 MAP), and the KENWOOD DMX1037S Digital Multimedia Receiver ($1,199.95 MAP).

These flagship receivers come equipped with an abundance of new (and many exclusive) technologies! A “Bonded Optical Display” is adopted to further enhance their high definition 1280 x 720 (720P) capacitive touch panels, providing vivid colors and high contrast. Optical Clear Adhesive is added between the touch screen and the LCD to eliminate the air layer and suppress light reflection and glare. This revolutionary feature enhances the contrast and brightness, maintaining the very best of display visibility in various vehicle environments.

The floating panel design consists of a 3-way adjustable display: 2 positions Forward/Backward (fixed by screws), 4 positions Up/Down (fixed by screws), and user adjustable tilt by hand of -10° to +45°. The newly designed home screen is now comprised of a Source Control and Driving Widget. The Driving Widget allows selection of a clock, compass, or equalizer setting, etc., while the background allows selection of album art, audio visualizer, or photo. Photos and wallpaper can easily be customized over a connected phone’s Bluetooth connection, thanks to the addition of the KENWOOD Portal App. 

The KENWOOD eXcelon Reference receivers exclusively deliver the best in sound quality and performance, incorporating tuned audiophile grade components, an X-cover anti-resonance chassis design, 3 sets of 5 volt pre-outs, a Parametric EQ, 3-way crossover, LDAC to stream Hi-Res Audio via Bluetooth with select Android phones, and a 2 year warranty. The DNR1007XR also adds an SD card source input and industry-leading Garmin navigation built-in, now including 3 years of FREE map updates and 5 years of FREE traffic and weather information with the KENWOOD Traffic Powered by INRIX App.

Driver safety and vehicle integration have been further enhanced on all 3 receivers, thanks to the Automotive Data Solutions iDatalink Maestro RR2. In addition to providing the seamless factory integration experience you have become accustomed to with the RR, these models feature expanded support when connected to the RR2, including an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Widget, Customizable Accessory Controls, and compatibility with not only K40, but also with specific ESCORT radar detector systems (sold separately). The ADAS driving widget will display OEM lane departure and front/rear collision avoidance alerts (available features vary by vehicle), while the Customizable Accessory Controls give users the ability to add up to three 12 volt triggered accessories, eliminating the need for physical ON/OFF switches. JVCKENWOOD corporation is currently the only company offering the ADAS widget and accessory controls with the RR2.

To further complement vehicle integration and add-on accessory options, the receivers have 4 camera inputs, enabling connection of a variety of camera configurations, including on-screen touch control with the CMOS-320, the ability to mirror the front and 3rd camera image, as well as a connection for the DRV-N520 touchscreen-controlled integrated dashboard camera. They also feature compatibility with KENWOOD’s HD Camera, the CMOS-740HD, which displays the front and/or rear camera image in high definition 1280 x 720 (720P) and utilizes high dynamic range (HDR) technology to overcome the negative effects of dark or very bright conditions, making it one of the best and safest vehicle camera options.  

All three receivers are compatible with Apple CarPlay wirelessly and wired, and Android Auto wirelessly and wired. Phone display options include screen mirroring with touch control over a wireless connection for compatible Android devices, as well as an HDMI input. Other notable features include Built-in HD Radio, SiriusXM Ready, and Hi-Res Audio support over a USB connection.

Slated as “Bigger is Better,” as is the trend with OEM receivers, there is an increasing request for larger aftermarket in-dash receivers. By increasing the display size to 10.1”, these receivers have over 2x the actual viewing area of a typical 7” display. “In a world where the race to zero seems to be never ending, we couldn’t be happier then to bring the ultimate trio of receivers to the most demanding of users, providing our dealers with truly the best in sound quality and performance,” said Mike Roberts, VP of Sales and Marketing for KENWOOD. “By further enhancing the integration and installation options available with these receivers, our dealers can offer their customers a truly revolutionary in-vehicle experience”.




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Jackie Cooper Electronics Adds to Oklahoman Reader’s Choice Awards Collection

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (09.21.2020) – Top Car Stereo Store and Top Tinting Store were 2020 Oklahoman Readers Choice Awards Jackie Cooper Electronics added to their collection of awards from the local daily Oklahoma City newspaper. Over 300,000 votes were cast by Oklahoman readers during the 2020 newspaper’s Reader’s Choice campaign. These awards celebrate and recognize the very best our community has to offer is a theme of the Reader’s Choice Awards campaign.

Donnie Chaffin gives a big thumbs up in this image with Jill Splitt and Tristan Osborn by a collection of the Oklahoman Reader’s Choice Awards in the showroom.

“Every day we all work very hard to deliver the very best customer experience. Receiving these 2 awards this year lets us know we are delivering on our goal of providing our customers with a solid experience” Donnie Chaffin, who heads activities of the 53-year old firm, related to 12volt News.

Commercial window tinting is a growing area of business for the company.

Jackie Cooper Electronics offers a wide selection of 12volt audio, remote start, convenience, safety products, cellular, marine and tinting in the company’s state of the art showroom and installation facility in Northwest Oklahoma City. In addition the company has a separate division that offers residential and commercial window tinting services. Mobile installation teams provide tinting for large commercial and school projects.

Social media posts feature attention-grabbing vehicles in front of the store.

To drive visibility in the marketplace Jackie Cooper Electronics, underJill Splitt’s guidance, is very active on social media platforms.

A collection of Oklahoman Reader’s Choice Awards presented to Jackie Cooper Electronics.

Jackie Cooper Electronics has garnered over a dozen Oklahoman Reader’s Choice Awards.

Congratulations to the Jackie Cooper Electronics Team.

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American Radio Orlando Wins SiriusXM Prize on 12volt Spin-To-Win Spin 94

SHREVEPORT LA (09.19.20)  WTF…Win This Friday. American Radio Orlando won A SiriusXM Prize on Friday, September 18th.

The 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel was created to bring an element of fun to the 12volt industry. Ten months ago we celebrated the first anniversary of the weekly 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

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On Friday morning, September 18th, the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel rolled for the 94th time and the Wheel landed on the SiriusXM space. The American Radio Orlando slip was drawn from the jar. We placed a call to the Orlando area retailer and Jeremy Bemberg was excited to hear the news. A SiriusXM SXV300 Tuner would be headed that way.
Spinning out a new winner each Friday, a 12volt retailer can win a cool prize and top brands receive visibility across the marketplace.

12volt brands with a space on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel include Kicker, NavAtlas, SiriusXM, Cadence, PowerBass, CRUX, DS18, SoundStream, AIS, Precision Power, JBL, Power Acoustik, Farenheit and Inkling Designs. 12volt News $100. cash awards have spaces on the 12volt Spin-To-Wheel for a winning 12volt retailer.

Past winners of the 12volt Spin-To-Win include…Stereo & Video Center-Tyler TX, The Outlaw Garage-Franklin TN, Exotic Sounds-West Palm Beach FL, Endless Possibilities-Aurora IL., Go Auto Sound in Union City NJ, Al&Ed’s South Bay CA, No Limitz Car Audio in Upland CA, Neil’s Specialty-Eureka CA, Sturgess Customs-Lexington SC, Audio By Art-San Antonio TX, SMS Car Audio in Marreo LA and Sweet Wheelz in Mississauga Ontario Canada, Cartronics in Biscayne FL, The CarAudio Shop in St Louis MO, Exotic Sounds in West Palm Beach FL, High North Customs in Grand Prairie Alberta Canada and AMS Audio in Bakersfield CA, Team QRT in Abbeyville LA and California Sound in Fontana CA and Jackie Cooper Electronics, Oklahoma City OK, MARS Audio-Orlando FL, All American Audio in Nutley NJ, Proline Car Stereo in Brooklyn NY, Custom Shop Miami, Tunes and Tint in Lakeland FL, Mobile Concepts Inc in Mokena IL, Seismic Auto Sound in Concord CA, Brooklyn Car Audio in Brooklyn NY, Audio Solutions in Florence MS, Enhanced Customs in Largo FL, Rayco Auto Clinic, Audio Design in San Jose CA, Go Bass Mode in Florida, Avenue Sound in Freeport NY, Audio Plus in Riverview FL, Stereo Zone in Whittier CA, In-Phase Car Audio in Omaha NE, AutoLife Group, N&H Electronics, SK Customs, Land & Sea, The Audio One, NC Custom Shop,Tint World Orlando, Ricky Smith’s Audio, VIP Custom Woks, Mobile Audio Concepts, Audio Lad, Sound Sensations, Dave’s Stereo, Stereo Design, Badlands Customs, Custom Audio-Erie PA, Voltz Autosports-Bridgeport CT, Infinity Sound and Security-Kissimmee, Autosport Plus-Canton OH, Stereo City Pros in Carmichael CA, Devine Concepts in Naples FL, The Sound Shop in Indian Trail NC, Extreme Performance Audio in Fresno CA, Audio Depot in Arlington TX, Audio Security in Houston TX, Earmark Car Audio and Marine in Lewisville TX, Audio Jam in Bear DE, Stereo City Ontario, Ontario CA, Audio By Art, San Antonio TX, Code Zero Customs in Tulsa OK, Ken’s Car Tunes in Mobile AL, Soundz Plus in Naperville IL, Markland Designs in Lithonia GA, Electronics Plus in Salinas CA, Xtreme Autosports in Santa Clarita CA, Superior Audio Sounds in San Angelo TX and Model Electronics in Ramsey NJ, Texas Dreamz Customs in Spring TX, Wired Electronics in Linden NJ and Intense Car Audio in OKC, OK, Underground Auto in Sarasota FL, Car Toys Tulsa in Tulsa OK,  Real Audio in Erie PA, Go Autosound in Union NJ, DFM Stereo in Ukiah CA, Impact Tint and Audio in Tyler TX, Mobile Sound Systems in Arlington TX, Redline Audio and Performance In Spindale NC, Car Audio Land in San Diego CA, Audio X Custom Car Audio in Florence AL and River Oaks Car Stereo in Houston TX. Congratulations to all.

WTF… Where’s the Fun. On the next spin of the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Friday, September 25th.

Want to enter for future spins? It’s easy-when making an Instagram post for your store include the hashtag #12voltspin to make sure your company has a slip in the jar. There are over 1100 #12voltspin posts on Instagram.  

With 18 chances to WIN, the 12Volt Spin-To-Win Wheel is ready to bring a smile to a lucky weekly winner’s face with one of the cool prizes on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

GoFast Solutions Announces the 2020 Virtual Winter Summit Sep. 22 – 25, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, CT (09.18.2020) – GoFast Solutions has announced the official dates for the GoFast Solutions Virtual Winter Summit being held via online training webinars from Sep. 22-25, 2020. Featuring Keynote Speaker Chris Cook from the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) and webinars from Remote Start Brands: Compustar, Artic Start, NuStart, Fortin, Audiovox, Crimestopper and Omega. Remote Start related products from Metra and iDatalink.

New this year are Lighting Brands Race Sport, Putco, Heise, XK Glow, Battery Manufacturer XS Power and Safety and Heated Seat supplier Rostra. This year’s Winter Summit is sure to get Dealers prepared, informed and excited for the Winter Selling Season. Dave Prinz, CEO of GoFast stated” It is for everyone’s safety that this year’s summit is a digital event. That being said, last year’s event was named Starter Summit, but with the growth we have seen across the entire 12 Volt category, that has inspired us to expand the summit to cover all aspects of the 12v seasonal winter needs.

Remote Starters is just the beginning, but as you can see from our confirmed presenters, the training sessions are going above and beyond this year.”

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Mid-State Distributing Promotes Sean Davis to Operations Manager – Chicago Branch

DES MOINES, IA (9.18.2020) – “We are extremely excited to promote Sean Davis to the next level in his career by promoting him to Operations Manager at the Mid-State Chicago Branch. He has over 25 years in the 12-Volt Industry and will be an extreme asset as we continue to grow the Mid-State Distributing Chicago Branch (formally AM Distributors).” – Tom Kolar, Vice President of Sales and Marketing – 12-Volt Division.

Sean has been around cars his whole life; his father owned an automotive repair shop. He found his passion in installing car audio in his own cars as a teenager and to this day, he loves working on cars – whether it is automotive repairs, adding sound systems or remote start. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends at his “Happy Place”, Vero Beach, Florida.

Sean has experience in all aspects of the business, from installation to sales, store management and more recently, distribution inventory management. He will play a significant role in developing the core of the branch by creating a cohesive team and continue to grow our dealer and vendor base with his positive attitude. Sean will be focused on improving performance within the branch by making the branch more efficient in all areas (Sales Team, Warehouse & Delivery) and strategizing ways Mid-State Distributing can grow the business from the inside out.

Sean Davis

“Through the years, I’ve been privileged to receive additional training from various manufacturers which enhanced my installation skills. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with many people who are still in the industry today!” – Sean Davis, Operations Manager – Chicago, Illinois.

For more information about the Mid-State Distributing Chicago Branch, contact Sean at or 888-345-1300 x 246.

For inquiries regarding Mid-State Distributing-12-Volt Division, contact Tom Kolar at or 800-798-5965 x 661 at the Omaha Branch.

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Massive Releases New SUMMOXL 6.5 & 8 Inch Subwoofers

Massive Audio, of SoCal USA, a leader in the 12 Volt Audio industry for 21 years, is happy to announce the release of the new SUMMO64XL and SUMMO84XL Subwoofers for 2020.  

Chuck Kenney, Massive Audio National Sales Manager, pictured in the Company’s Commerce CA warehouse with a wall of orders pulled to ship on Thursday, September 17th. 

The Massive Audio SUMMO64XL is a powerful 6.5-inch Subwoofer that produces high SPL while allowing you to save as much space possible in your vehicle. High quality materials like its Kevlar fiber non pressed paper cone stitched to an EROM foam surround are utilized and bolted to a durable cast basket and 48oz double stacked high energy magnet. The SUMMO84XL weighs in with a 90oz magnet assembly and 2 inch 4-Layer High Temp Voice Coil.

Both SUMMO Subwoofers may be small in stature but will definitely impress even hard-core audio SPL enthusiasts. As with all SUMMOXL Series subwoofers, we deign them all to play so low and with such a deep center of force that the competition cannot help but to bow out gracefully. 

Let there be no doubt that with Massive Audio you will be the “King of the Ring.”


  • Die Cast Basket with Black Textured Finish
  • Kevlar Fiber Enhanced Non-Pressed Paper Cone with Textured Paint Finish
  • EROM Foam Surround with Red Stitching
  • 1.5” & 2.0″ 4-Layer Hi-Temp Voice Coil 
  • Fiberglass Woven Dust Cap
  • Double Stacked 48oz & 90oz High Energy Magnets 
  • Enhanced Cooling T-yoke Design with Black Anodized Finish
  • Customized Rubber Gasket and Magnet Boot
  • 16 Gauge Pure Oxygen Silver Tined Power Cables with Direct Lead Connection 
  • Triple Black Poly Cotton Spiders with Mirror Image Layout

For B2B sales inquiries our national sales manager Chuck Kenny can be reached at: 214-587-7603 

For general information, contact Massive Audio at 323-262-2262 or visit our Website: