Ovation Manufacturer Representatives at SEMA 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.25.2019) – The Ovation Manufacturer Representative firm worked a set plan at the 2019 SEMA Show. An attention grabbing Instagram post on November 3rd showcased the firm’s brands exhibiting at SEMA… MTX Audio, PowerBass, Escort, Scosche and Waylens. Ovation firm team members Clay Nelson, Rick Nissenson and Ken Nelson were on site. All spent booth time with each vendor to see the latest products, meet with dealers from their territory and networked across the massive LVCC venue.

Clay Nelson is the firm Principal in Central California. Nissenson handles Southern California while Ken Nelson covers Northern California. All were in Vegas for the entire SEMA Show 2019 run from November 5th through the 8th.

The PowerBass booth in the North Hall was busy with Powersports and new OE Direct Fit Speakers products highlighted.
New introductions from Escort Radar and Cobra were featured in the booth at SEMA.

Nissenson stated “The SEMA Show was very busy from the opening bell. SEMA attendees are all car people as opposed to CES. The SEMA Show is definitely growing in importance for members of the 12volt industry.”

Rick Nissenson (L), Ovation Reps, and Rich Amaro are pictured with the new NEXS1 in the Scosche booth.

At the SEMA Show the new PowerBass XL-1250 SoundBar and new OE Direct Fit Speakers for Chevy and Nissan were booth highlights. The Escort brand’s ESCORT LIVE app, which works with the company’s full line of radar detectors, drew attention in the booth. In addition, the new Cobra Road Scout combination of radar detector and dash cam attracted serious attention. Scosche added to their line with the new NEXS1 dash cam and the M8RIX touchscreen power management system for UTV off road and marine. MTX featured a large number of sponsored vehicles inside and outside the North Hall. New JACKHAMMER amplifiers and new RZR audio systems added to MTX’s presence at SEMA 2019. In the Waylens booth the 360 4G model showed all why that model is doing so well in the marketplace.

Booths of brands Ovation represents were prominent on the North Hall floor at SEMA 2019.
The Waylens Secure 360 is enjoying success across the marketplace.

“The dealer turnout at the show was strong from the San Diego area and Northern California. Ovation represents the AudioControl line in NorCal and they had a very busy booth throughout the show plus after hour trainings and activities. The vibe throughout the SEMA Show was terrific. There will be plenty for dealers to share on their social media outreach to get followers into their stores to experience the latest in 12volt and aftermarket products” Nissenson concluded.

AudioControl showcased their latest products in a busy North Hall Booth throughout SEMA’s 4-Day run.

Visit ovation-reps.com and sema.org for more.

KICKER Adds Noise-Canceling Headphones to Personal Audio Mix

STILLWATER, OK (11.25.2019) – KICKER has announced the shipping and availability of CushNC Over-Ear Headphones, KICKER’s first with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). The CushNC, which streams audio via wireless Bluetooth, will be available November 25 at select Authorized KICKER retailers, both in-store and online.

With KICKER’s signature bass response and astounding clarity from 40mm drivers, incredible on-ear comfort and 20-hour battery life, the ultra-comfortable CushNC Headphones allow the listener to immerse themselves in the music. Users can press the ANC button to eliminate annoying sounds like voices, the hum of air conditioning or office lights, or even the engine noise of an airplane. CushNC achieves a -25dB reduction in ambient noise with ANC activated.

In addition, a built-in microphone allows for hands-free calling, and compatibility with Siri and Google assistants let the listener access all of the features their phone has to offer. Users enjoy the 20 hours of Bluetooth listening with the extended battery life, and the CushNC operates with the included, 50-inch detachable cable where wired listening is required. CushNC charges fully with a USB cable in 2-1/2 hours.

Visit kicker.com for more.

CRUX Premieres NEW Portable Charger and Dual Wireless Charging Pad

CHATSWORTH, CA (11.25.2019) – CRUX has released its brand new portable charger and dual wireless charging pad, CRISC-070.

Listed below are compatible models:

SMARTPHONE COMPATIBILITY

Apple
iPhone 8
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone X
iPhone Xs
iPhone Xs Max
iPhone XR

Samsung
Galaxy S8
Galaxy S8+
Galaxy S9
Galaxy S9+
Galaxy S10
Galaxy S10+
Note 5-9 Series

Other Devices
Any other Qi-enabled and Quick Charging devices

Key Features:
Comes with both, CRISC-070A & CRISC-070B.
Includes Type-C Cord & QC 3.0 Fast Charge Adapter
Qi Fast Charging & Universal Compatibility
Charges Power Bank and Qi-Enabled Devices
Can Charge an additional Qi-Enabled Device along with Power Bank

Visit cruxinterfacing.com for more.

dBDRA Wrapped Successful Competition at OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car

Competitors are pictured with their trophies and dB DRA staff as the Optima event at Calder Park in Melbourne concluded.

SOUTHFIELD, MI (11.22.2019) – OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car took place at Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne Australia during the weekend of November 16-17, 2019. The event was a multi-segment competition and car show event and dB Drag Racing was the official Sound and Vision partner. Competitors had a chance to compete in 2 events over the course of the 2-day show with this being the last 2 events leading up to the Australian Championship taking place the following weekend just outside of Sydney.

dB DRA staff members pictured as the Optima Street Car Search began. (LtoR) Ray Choy, Grant Stapleton, Samuel McWaters and Wayne Harris.

The event was judged by a team of North American and Australian judges (Wayne Harris, USA /  Ray Choy, Canada / Grant Stapleton, Victoria / Samuel McWaters, South Australia). Huge thanks goes out to the crew at Optima, the dB Drag competitors and the judging staff.

Saturday’s 1X Winners

dB Drag Racing
Street Stock 1K – Paul Khodeir
Pro Stock NL – Billy Arnold
Pro Stock Trunk 5K – Fedee Fattal
Pro Stock Wall 5K – Richard Snell
Extreme NL – Samuel McWaters

Bass Race
Bass Race 119.9 down – Chris Petrie
Bass Race 120.0-129.9db – Billy Arnold
Bass Race 130.0-139.9db – Fedee Fattal

Psychlone
Psychlone – No Wall – Rod Baldock
Psychlone –Wall – Steven Perisanidis

Top Dog
Fedee Fattal

Sunday’s 3X Winners

dB Drag Racing
Street Stock 1K – Sam Casabene
Pro Stock NL – Paul Khodeir
Pro Stock Trunk 5K – Fedee Fattal
Pro Stock Wall 5K – Zac Trigg
Super Street 1-2 – Ethan Heppi Walker
Super Street NW – Daniel Kennedy
Super Street X – Jamie Deluca
Extreme NL – Samuel McWaters

Bass Race
Bass Race 120.0-129.9db – Billy Arnold
Bass Race 130.0-139.9db – Fedee Fattal

Psychlone
Psychlone – No Wall – Rod Baldock
Psychlone –Wall – Jamie Deluca

Top Dog
Billy Arnold

A few comments from competitors that attended event.

Billy Arnold… Top Dog

Billy Arnold

“A great weekend of dB Drags, Bass Race, Tog Dog and Psychlone. Well worth the 1800km round trip, to attend and compete at this show. Awesome organizers and event staff provided the perfect location, along with Calder Park putting out some great weather for the weekend. This was surely an ‘ultimate’ dB Drag Racing event to coincide with Optima’s Search for Australia’s ultimate car. The competition was fierce in many classes, with competitors having a great time and sportsmanship of all who attended was spectacular and fun was had by all. Personally I will be there again next year, further recommending anyone that didn’t attend to go next year. This is a must see event to mark on your calendars.”

Tony Sljuka

“Had an absolute blast I’m glad I registered, it had been more than 2 decades since my last dB Drag event and super glad I came. Was awesome chatting with everyone including the interstate guys and getting demos in a few cars and at the end of the day walked out with a 2nd place medal. It inspired me to get my other dB Drag car out which is in the build for 2020 season. Thanks again guys hope to see you in the lanes.”

Sam Casabene

“My first time being involved in the event that held the DBdrags. A very competitive but friendly event. Everyone was super helpful as it was my first time. Most likely will be back next year to compete with a better setup to beat my PB! See you guys next year!”

Rod Baldock (RFWRX)

Rod Baldock ( RFWRX)

“Had super weekend at the Optima Ultimate Street Car Event Show n Shine & DBDRAGS Audio Vision can’t wait til next event”

Visit dbdragracing.com for more.

Brandmotion Adds New Displays to Lineup

Brandmotion is excited to provide new product displays for retail stores.

The company has recently redesigned all of their Point of Purchase displays to make them easier to set on a counter and grab the attention of your customers. They have a full line of displays that provide both working units like the popular FullVUE Mirror and Rear Camera system to videos of the customer benefits like the Radar Blindspot system.

Metra Electronics Introduces New Dash Kits for Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen

HOLLY HILL, FL (11.22.2019) – Metra Electronics is excited to showcase 13 new vehicle-specific dash kits at the 2019 SEMA Show. These new kits are engineered to fit either standard ISO Single-DIN or Double-DIN radios in addition to several custom engineered kits for specific “L” shaped Double-DIN radio chassis designs. These new plastic TurboKits will be on display with an additional 20 new kits designed specifically for the Pioneer DMH-C5500NEX 8-inch radio that will be announced next week.

Metra’s plastic dash kits are proudly made in the USA with the highest quality ABS plastic using injection molding technology to ensure a superior design and fit. Dash kits will fit select models for Jeep Cherokee, Kia Forte, Mazda 5, Mercedes Sprinter, Nissan Altima and Kicks, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Corolla and Hatchback and the Volkswagen Jetta. Installers can see Metra’s dash kits on display in Metra’s main booth 11639 in the North Hall of the SEMA Show from November 5th – 8th and featured in the 2019 New Product Guide, available for download at MetraOnline.com on the opening day of the show.

Dash Kit Part Numbers, Vehicle Models and Specifications:

95-6554B
Jeep Cherokee 1997-2001
● Permanent dash modifications required
● A new Double-DIN version for an old application
● A complete replacement panel for a factory look

99-7394B
Kia Forte 2019-Up*
● Designed for most Single-DIN radios and a special design for ISO Double-DIN radios with an “L” shaped chassis design with the radio chassis at the bottom of the screen. Specifically Alpine INE-W967HD, INE-W977HD, iLX-107, and iLX-207 (refer to radio manufacturer for current models)
● Special brackets included for Pioneer modular radios DMH-C2550NEX and DMH-C2500NEX (refer to radio manufacturer for current models)
● Painted scratch-resistant matte black

99-7527S
Mazda 5 2006-2007 (with factory NAV)
● Storage pocket included to replace the factory NAV screen
● Designed for Single-DIN radio provision with pocket or Double-DIN radio provision
● Painted silver

95-8731
Mercedes Sprinter 2019-Up* (excluding models with the factory touchscreen radio)
● Designed specifically for Double-DIN installations
● Polished gloss black to match the factory finish

99-8731
Mercedes Sprinter 2019-Up* (excluding models with the factory touchscreen radio)
● Designed for Single-DIN radio provision with pocket
● Polished gloss black to match the factory finish

95-7637
Nissan Altima 2019-Up*
● Designed specifically for an ISO Double-DIN radio with an “L” shaped chassis design with the radio chassis at the bottom of the screen. Specifically Alpine INE-W967HD, INE-W977HD, iLX-107, and iLX-207 (refer to radio manufacturer for current models)
● Special brackets included for Pioneer modular radios DMH-C2550NEX and DMH-C2500NEX (refer to radio manufacturer for current models)
● Painted gloss black with bright silver trim and a textured back plate to match the factory finish

99-7637
Nissan Altima 2019-Up*
● Designed for Single-DIN radio provision with pocket
● Painted gloss black with bright silver trim and a textured back plate to match the factory finish


95-7636B
Nissan Kicks 2018-Up*
● Designed specifically for Double-DIN installations
● Painted scratch-resistant matte black to match the factory finish

99-7636B
Nissan Kicks 2018-Up*
● Designed for Single-DIN radio provision with pocket
● Painted scratch-resistant matte black to match the factory finish

95-8911HG
Subaru Ascent 2019-Up*
● Designed for Double-DIN radio provision
● Painted gloss black

99-8911HG
Subaru Ascent 2019-Up*
● Designed for Single-DIN radio provision with pocket
● Painted gloss black

99-8270HG
Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2019-Up* and Toyota Corolla 2020-Up*
● Designed for most Single-DIN radios and a special design for ISO Double-DIN radios with an “L” shaped chassis design with the radio chassis at the bottom of the screen. Specifically Alpine INE-W967HD, INE-W977HD, iLX-107, and iLX-207 (refer to radio manufacturer for current models)
● Special brackets included for Pioneer modular radios DMH-C2550NEX and DMH-C2500NEX (refer to radio manufacturer for current models)
● Painted high gloss black to match the factory finish

99-9014HG
Volkswagen Jetta
● Specifically designed for an ISO Double-DIN radio with an “L” shaped chassis design with the radio chassis at the top of the screen (or the current Pioneer 6.8″ screen and separate chassis)
● Blank plate included for Single-DIN installations
● Painted a color-matched gloss black to match the factory finish

Visit MetraOnline.com for up-to-date vehicle-specific applications.

New SiriusXM Solutions for 2020 Vehicles and New Harley-Davidson Application Re-Released

ENGLEWOOD, CO (11.21.2019) – VAIS Technology has released new satellite radio integrated solutions specifically designed for 2020 vehicle models. This solution allows owners of these 2020 models to add SiriusXM satellite radio to their existing factory stereo, without compromising functionality.

GSR-HM51, Harley Davidson

The new 2020 integration kits provide coverage for 2020 Toyota, Honda, GM, Ford, Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Application guide available on VAIS Technology website. Also, all these models are compatible with the GSR-UV01 (universal unit) which can be flashed using online software. This allows dealers to only stock one unit to do almost all applications.

GSR-UV01, Universal

The re-released Harley Davidson, (GSR-HM51) application now includes a weather-proof enclosure as well as the SXV300 SiriusXM tuner, all in one unit, which now allows multiple source switching between the iPhone and SXM source via the factory radio.

This VAIS solution connects directly to the original factory radio and allows the vehicle owner to listen to satellite radio through the existing factory system. The VAIS integrated solution also allows for full control of satellite radio functions – changing stations, setting presets, steering wheel functions, etc. In the Harley Davidson, all controls are done thru the handlebars and factory buttons.

“Since 2003, VAIS Technology have been developing satellite radio adapters for vehicles that aren’t equipped from the factory with SiriusXM tuners,” Dennis Hopper, Vice President of Sales, says. “While satellite radio is more popular than ever, many new OEM vehicles still don’t come equipped from the factory with satellite tuners. Over the last few years many OEM’s are removing satellite tuners from their base model vehicles. VAIS Tech. develops simple, easy to install integrated solutions that add satellite radio, but preserve factory functions.”

Visit www.vaistech.com for more.

Stinger Releases New Polaris Solutions

CLEARWATER, FL (11.21.2019) Stinger Electronics has announced its radio mounting solutions for select Ranger and RZR models.

Three new dash kits add to Stinger’s Polaris accessory lineup for select Ranger and RZR models, allowing users to integrate their 3-inch gauge-style powersports media players into their powersports adventures. Models include SPXRZRDASH for RZR 2014-2018(and 2019 Classic), SPXRZRDASH2 for RZR 2019-up and SPXRNGDASH for Ranger 2014-2019. OEM grade plastics and fitment mean seamless integration with durability for any situation. Precision engineering and manufacturing means quick and easy installation so you can spend less time in the workshop and more time on the trails. Get up and running in less than 45 minutes with secure mounting on factory dash panels for that OEM look, feel, and durability. Pair with Stinger’s soon to be released SPXM1 multimedia 3” radio and controller for the ultimate off-road entertainment solution.

Stinger is also releasing SPXRZRBAT2 Dual Battery Kit for 2014-2018 Polaris RZR. More RZR owners are outfitting and upgrading their vehicles with power hungry accessories like, lighting, wenches and sound systems. These added accessories are sometimes powered when the vehicle isn’t running and in turn, drain the stock battery. The addition of Stinger Dual Battery Kit, SPXRZRBAT2, allows for a secondary battery and isolation of the two batteries when the vehicle is not running. Allowing all the accessories to be powered from the secondary battery and keeping the primary battery fresh, eliminating the possibility of getting stranded from a dead battery.

Ease of install was also a priority when designing the kit. Everything to complete the install is included from pre-terminated terminals, pre-cut wire, custom brackets and battery terminals. All that is needed is the addition of a Stinger SPX950 High Performance Advanced AGM battery which is sold separately.

Visit stingerelectronics.com and aampglobal.com for more.

Velocity Distributing Appoints Marquis Richardson to Marketing Manager Post

HOUSTON, TX (11.21.2019) – Marquis D. Richardson is on board as the new Marketing Manager at Velocity Distributing, Inc. With a Bachelor of Arts, from the highly respected Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach FL, Marquis learned and taught himself many things in the marketing field including outreach and social marketing to graphic design.

Shawn Simpson (R), Vice President of Sales & Purchasing, welcomes Marquis Richardson as Velocity Distributing’s new Marketing Manager. The two are pictured in the lobby of Velocity’s Houston, TX HQ.

Richardson also owns and operates EMDIAR Graphix which is a company founded and designed solely to create graphics for small businesses and personal branding. Richardson also helps with the branding development for student organizations at different higher education institutions like University of Houston, University of Central Florida and his alma mater Bethune Cookman.

Shawn Simpson, VP of Sales & Purchasing, Velocity Distributing stated “We truly are excited about the newfound relationship with Marquis and Velocity Distributing, Inc.”

Visit velocitydistributing.com for more.

The dB Drag Racing Association Gives Back to the Community with Toys for Tots Competition Series

AUSTIN, TX (11.20.2019) – The dB Drag Racing Association, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps “Toys For Tots” program, is proud to announce the 13th Annual dB Drag Racing Association “Toys for Tots” competition series. As an incentive to retailers that have hosted a dB Drag Racing event during the 2019 season, the dBDRA will waive the listing fee for qualifying 1X events that are scheduled during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The entry fee for the competitors must be a new unwrapped toy, and no other money will be accepted in conjunction with the event. There is no limit on the amount of toys that can be donated, however, the minimum suggested toy should be $20+. The event promoter or retailer must take a photo of the toys collected and submit to the dBDRA. In addition, the toys must be dropped off at a local “Toys for Tots” drop off location before the drop off date in the community.

Image from Nov 16th event at Audio Concepts in Fresno, CA.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys to be distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. According to Wayne Harris, President of the dBDRA. “Our goal is to provide dB Drag Racing competitors and retailers the opportunity to get involved with their local communities by providing shiny new toys to children who otherwise might have gone without.”

To participate in the Toys for Tots competition series, retailers and promoters will need to contact the dB Drag Racing Association. Auto sound manufacturers are also welcome to participate. To learn more about the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program, please visit the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation at: www.toysfortots.org

While the Toys for Tots program is a US based program, many of the international dBDRA affiliates will be offering similar toy drives in their respective countries as well.

To schedule your Toys for Tots dB Drag Racing event, contact: marketing@dbDragRacing.com