Sony Car Audio Provides Dealer Boot Camp for Top Retailers

TEMPE, AZ (10.08.2019) – Sony has announced its 2019 Dealer Boot Camp for 25 retailers in North America that have made a significant effort in sales and through long-term support of the brand. This all-expenses-paid trip is designed to reward these retailers with valuable training and insight to help them grow their business.

The training will take place October 21st and 22nd at the world-renowned Mobile Solutions training facility in Tempe, AZ and will feature Bryan Schmitt training them over a two-day period on numerous fabrication and technical installation techniques. Sony’s National Trainer Kris Bulla will train on new products and technology and advise on several installation techniques involving Sony products.

“Sony has long been focused on the independent specialist retailer, and this is a way for our team to give back to the specialists that truly support Sony and our efforts,” said Anthony Tozzi, Distribution Sales Manager. “Bryan’s classes are events that most in the industry would dream of attending, and this is a great way to give something back to them that will not only be an exciting time, but also something that will give them knowledge and skill that can be used immediately in their stores.”

Reach out to Anthony Tozzi at Anthony.Tozzi@actionlink.com for more information about Sony, or Bryan Schmitt at BryanS@mobilesolutions-usa.com to find out more about available trainings and products at Mobile Solutions.

Power Acoustik Now Shipping New Razor Series DSP Amplifiers

MONTEBELLO, CA (10.08.2019) – Power Acoustik is now shipping its new Razor series DSP Amplifiers. A 4 channel RZ4-2000DSPB and 5 channel RZ5-2000DSPB amplifiers with Built-In Bluetooth Module for DSP control via smartphone app (Android & iPhone).

“The ability to customize your sound system to the individual environment of your vehicle has been a highly technical and complex affair when using programmable DSP solutions in the past,” said Paul Goldberg, vice-president, sales & marketing for Epsilon Electronics Inc. “ Our new Razor series DSP amplifiers eliminate the complexity by utilizing a built-in Bluetooth module in conjunction with an easy to use smartphone app to accomplish the customization of the listening experience.”

Power Acoustik RZ4-2000DSPB

For those who want the most out of their car audio system, this 4 Channel DSP amplifier is unique with its compatible control from traditional PC ports and the Built-In Bluetooth module. Allowing for complete control from your smartphone app, available on both Android and iPhone devices.

MSRP. $194.99

Digital Signal Processing Options:

Integrated 100dB Dynamic Range, -80dB THD+N ADC
Integrated 104dB Dynamic Range, -90dB THD+N DAC
User-Friendly Sigma Studio™ User Interface w/ Response Display
30V MAX 4-ch High Level & 4V MAX RCA Input Voltage
2ch. RCA output for Subwoofer Amplifier Integration
Optional High-Level Input from Hands-Free Bluetooth Module
Optional Independent Input or Channel Mixing/Summing
Up to -60dB Independent Channel Level Cut
Up to 20ms Independent Channel Delay, 0.05ms Increments
Independent Channel 00/1800 Phase Control
Independent Channel High, Low or Bandpass Crossover
Independent Channel 6dB-48dB/Octave Crossover Slope
Variable Frequency Crossover Setting, 20Hz-20kHz
10-Band Graphic Equalizer for Each Channel

Power Acoustik RZ5-2000DSPB

For those who want the most out of their car audio system, this 5 Channel DSP amplifier is unique with its compatible control from traditional PC ports and the Built-In Bluetooth module. Allowing for complete control from your smartphone app, available on both Android and iPhone devices.

MSRP. $234.99

Digital Signal Processing Options:

Integrated 100dB Dynamic Range, -80dB THD+N ADC
Integrated 104dB Dynamic Range, -90dB THD+N DAC
User-Friendly SigmaStudio™ User Interface w/ Response Display
30V MAX 4-ch High Level & 4V MAX RCA Input Voltage
2ch. RCA output for Subwoofer Amplifier Integration
Optional High-Level Input from Hands-Free Bluetooth Module
Optional Independent Input or Channel Mixing/Summing
Up to -60dB Independent Channel Level Cut
Up to 20ms Independent Channel Delay, 0.05ms Increments
Independent Channel 00/1800 Phase Control
Independent Channel High, Low or Bandpass Crossover
Independent Channel 6dB-48dB/Octave Crossover Slope
Variable Frequency Crossover Setting, 20Hz-20kHz
10-Band Graphic Equalizer for Each Channel
20dB Boost/Cut for Each Band
Variable Independent Band Q Adjustment, 0.4-9.6
Independent Subwoofer Control
Bass Knob Included

Visit www.poweracoustik.com for more.

Memphis Audio Dealer Council Meeting and Celebration

MEMPHIS, TN (10.07.2019) – Memphis Audio played host to four of the premier dealers in the nation at the 2019 Memphis Audio Dealer Council meeting in Memphis Tennessee. The invitees were Audio Unlimited – Mobile, AL, Audio One – Virginia Beach, VA, Horizon Audio – Canton, OH, and Elite Audio Spartanburg, SC. These lucky winners qualified by winning the Memphis 2nd half golden ticket scratcher contest.

The winners were treated to an exclusive dinner at the third-generation owner of Memphis Audio, Arthur Fulmer’s home. The group had an opportunity to let loose, talk business and have a little fun with the Memphis team and enjoy Memphis’s world-famous BBQ. “Welcoming dealers into my home is something I’ve wanted to do for years. These are the people who keep our industry going and I couldn’t have been happier to host such a wonderful group of business owners and get to know them on a more personal level and how we as a manufacturer can help them succeed,” said Fulmer.

Left to Right: Tom Smith – Audio Unlimited, Nate McConohay – Horizon Audio, Joe Zelano – Elite Audio, Aaron Joseph- Horizon Audio, Jim Aiken & Dave Curtis – Audio one, Arthur Fulmer – Owner of Memphis Audio, Nick Lomonaco – President of Memphis Audio, Ellis Mathis – Regional Sales Manager Memphis Audio

The next day the group was welcomed at the corporate headquarters in downtown Memphis where they all had an opportunity to learn the inner workings of Memphis Audio. Nick LoMonaco, president of Memphis Audio lead the discussion which touched on a number of topics ranging from internet MAP pricing enforcement, product development, marketing support and more. LoMonaco took questions and feedback from the group. The real fun began when the council was provided with a confidential sneak peek at some of the amazing new products scheduled to be exhibited live at SEMA 2019 along with several projects currently in development.

“Having the opportunity to sit down with these guys and pick their brains about our industry provided us all with a wealth of insight and information. They are all so passionate about our business and the products that Memphis develops. They didn’t pull any punches and told us what they need for success in this industry, it was one of most productive Q&A sessions I’ve ever been a part of,” Said Nick LoMonaco.

After talking shop had commenced the crew let loose a little a Sun Studios for a tour of some of the history behind the amazing music scene and culture that is ingrained in the city of Memphis. After the history lesson the group was treated to dinner, drinks, and more drinks until it was time to head back to their home towns.

“This contest was designed to give us the opportunity to get to know some of our most crucial business partners on a more personal level along with receiving feedback about how we can position Memphis Audio for success in the future. I feel like we really did achieve everything we set out to do and more. I’m confident that myself and the rest of the Memphis team is walking away from this event with a great deal of knowledge along with a great group of new friends who we are also proud Memphis dealers,” said LoMonaco.

Visit memphiscaraudio.com for more.

BOSS Audio Brings New Look and New Products to the 2019 SEMA Show

OXNARD, CA (10.07.2019) – BOSS Audio Systems will feature a host of new and recently launched car/truck, marine, powersports, and motorcycle products during the 2019 SEMA Show, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth N11769.

“Boss Audio recently announced that we are taking the brand in new and exciting directions with a modern look while redefining great value, great performance, and what a great customer experience should be in today’s marketplace,” said Doug Kern, BOSS Audio Systems VP of Sales. “For more than 30 years, we have been a leader in the car and truck audio market category. And now with the immense popularity of the marine and powersports categories now represented at the annual SEMA SHOW and with their significant short and long term potential, we are designing even more quality market-specific products that more people can enjoy at great price points alongside our increased options for the car and truck categories. SEMA 2019 is the ideal venue to present the new BOSS Audio for all of these categories.”

Sam Rabbani, CEO and founder of BOSS Audio Systems, explained, “We’ve taken the initiative to modernize our branding and product offerings across multiple markets while at the same time strengthening our already market-leading approach to customer service. We are focusing on ‘Plug and Play’ and easier DIY installable products with added features, all at usually half the price points of our competitors that offer products with the same feature sets.”

From amplifiers, speakers, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto head units, to marine head units, subs, and speakers, to powersports and motorcycle speakers and accessories, BOSS Audio will be showing its most recent and acclaimed lines in Las Vegas. “During the past few months we have launched new and exciting products that have already garnered great reviews and been part of featured nationally-featured installations, and we can’t wait to present them at SEMA 2019,” added Kern.

Visit www.bossaudio.com for more.

Rockford Fosgate Announces New M0 Line of Marine Speakers

TEMPE, AZ (10.07.2019) – Rockford Fosgate has announced the debut of the M0 Element Ready full range 6.5-inch speakers built to withstand water, salt, dust, and UV. The M0-65 (white) and M0-65B (black) speakers will begin shipping later this year at an MSRP of $119.99. Click to view marine speakers.

The newly designed M0 speakers feature weatherproofing technology specific for use in marine watercraft and off-road vehicle audio systems. The 100% UV stable frame combined with an encapsulated motor assembly, and marine grade connectors yield a driver that will not discolor or corrode in the harsh marine environment.

Purpose built to play high quality sound in the outdoors, the M0 speakers deliver superb low end and mid-range frequency reproduction via an injection molded mineral filled polypropylene cone body, santoprene surround, and Rockford’s patented VAST (vertical attach surround technique) Technology to increase the effective radiating cone area. By pairing this with an efficient, grill integrated, tweeter the speakers’ sonic signature is rounded out by smooth crystal-clear high frequencies.

Additional specifications include:

  • 50W RMS
  • 4-ohm Voice coil
  • 0.5inch (13mm) LCP Balanced Dome Tweeter
  • Frequency Response 53Hz – 20KHz
  • Klippel Verified, ASTM B117, ASTM G154, IPX6, ISO60068-2-64, and CE Certified
  • 2 Year Warranty

Visit rockfordfosgate.com for more.

The Custom Audio Trip To The Davis Distribution Remote Starter Expo 2019

ERIE, PA (10.04.19) On Tuesday morning, October 1st, the Custom Audio Team left Erie and headed to the Davis Distribution Remote Start Expo at the Mountaineer Casino and Resort in New Cumberland, WV. Social media posts the day before let their followers know the store would be closed so the Team could attend a product training session.

Following the CompuStar session the Custom Audio Team, Sondralee- flanked by Adam and Andrew (R), pictured with very cool swag.

Sondralee Orengia, Custom Audio owner, and Team members Nick Portonova, Adam McDermit and Andrew Wiesen made the day trip. Orengia commented “The trip to New Cumberland was 150 miles each way. On the way down we had a couple hours to talk about store business, plans and what we expected to learn at the Davis Expo.”

The 1 o’clock CompuStar session on Tuesday was very well attended.

The Davis Distribution Remote Start Expo was set up with 3 separate time slots. During each time slot remote starter vendors made their presentations. CompuStar, Directed and VOXX brands were in the house.
Custom Audio is a key CompuStar dealer and attended their 2 hour session.

Sondralee checked out some of the Firstech Drone ‘Your Car, Connected’ products.

“We learned about all of the new products and the lineup for CompuStar. This information will definitely help us with our product mix and direction we need to go with remote starters this season. There are so many options and opportunities for profit” Orengia offered.

Davis Distribution is also a Sony distributor and Andrew Wiesen checked out the new Sony Jeep demo.

Following the CompuStar training session at the Davis Expo the Custom Audio Team stopped at a Top Golf for some Team Building time prior to the 150 mile drive back to Erie.

After leaving the Davis Distribution Remote Start Expo 2019, the Custom Audio Team stopped at a Top Golf for some team building time on the way back to Erie.

“All in all it was a terrific day. We networked with other dealers and spent time with Rusty North and other Davis staff members. The Davis team did such a great job” Orengia concluded.

The Davis Distribution Remote Start Expo 2019, which concluded on Thursday October 3rd, included day long sessions in Blue Bell PA, New Cumberland WA and Indianapolis IN.

Visit customaudio.net and davisdistribution.com for more.

CTA Announces 2019 MECP Technician of the Year Award

ARLINGTON, VA (10.04.2019) – The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced Adam Devine, owner of Devine Concepts in Naples, FL, as the recipient of the Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) Technician of the Year.

A Master Installation Technician for four years, Devine has been certified for almost 18 years. He was selected by the Vehicle Technology Division of CTA and MECP-certified experts in the aftermarket industry for his dedication to excellence and customer satisfaction; his role as a mentor to many in the industry; and constantly striving to further his knowledge on complex elements.

Adam Devine, owner of Devine Concepts in Naples, FL

“We’re excited to announce Adam Devine as the MECP Technician of the Year,” said Jeff Cantrell, MECP Committee Chairman. “The MECP program recognizes professionals who maintain industry best practices and seek continuing education in order to provide clients with outstanding service and installations. Adam has gone to great lengths to maintain and grow his own certification over many years, market the program to his clients, and maintain the highest standards in every installation.”

MECP, owned by CTA, is a certification program for installation technicians and salespeople of mobile electronics and aftermarket automotive equipment. It is the only nationally recognized program that certifies technicians on the installation techniques and capabilities of automobile information technology, entertainment, navigation and safety/security systems.

Devine will receive an expenses-paid trip to CESd 2020 and accept the award on the CTA Stage in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center. CES 2020 will take place Jan. 7-10, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV.

Be at the center of vehicle technology at CES 2020 and see the latest and greatest in self-driving vehicles, concept cars and connected vehicles.

Visit cta.tech, mecp.com, and devine-concepts.com for more.