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.

MB Quart Intros New Formula 6.5″ Component Speakers

LIBERTYVILLE, IL (10.04.2019) – The FSB216 Formula 6.5 inch component speakers feature an aluminum dome Widesphere tweeter for crystal clear highs with a light weight thermal formed poly cone.

FEATURES & BENEFITS INCLUDE:

  • TWEETER DOME MATERIAL – Aluminum dome tweeters deliver great sound with increased reliability.
  • SPEAKER SURROUND – Butyl rubber surrounds provide durability and deeper mid-bass impact.
  • COOLING SYSTEM – Over coil cooling system allows air exchange over the voice coil through the spider
  • SPIDER – Natural fiber allows flexibility while the infused epoxy gives strength during the manufacturing process
  • TINSEL LEADS – Highly conductive while remaining flexible during high-power applications

Rediscover all of your audio through the FSB216 component speakers and embrace F1 levels for perfect mix of tone, deep bass, and rich highs.

Click here to visit the FSB216 product page.

Visit mbquart.com for more.

Nakamichi Appoints Robin McNeal National Sales Manager

LONG BEACH, CA (10.03.2019) – After years of absence, Nakamichi Car Audio returns to the U.S. market through an exclusive agent. Nakamichi Car Audio is currently offered globally by dealers throughout Europe, Central and South America, and Asia & Oceania. The United States remains the one last major market for the company to supply. Long time 12-volt veteran Robin McNeal has been named as the brands National Sales Manager and is tasked with changing that.

McNeal brings with him a long history of executive sales positions with car audio companies including L.A. Sound, PowerBass, Retro Sound and Clarion.

Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager

“The first order of business is to put together a top-notch rep force to set up U.S. distribution,” McNeal noted. “Our goal is to offer the dealer reliable, high quality products and great service without sacrificing margin.”

Nakamichi currently has 7 head units available in the States. “I don’t see a need for 10 single DIN CD receivers,” stated McNeal, “Talking to dealers they prefer a short concise line up.”

The NA3605 is the flag ship multimedia model featuring a 6.8-inch capacitive touch screen with a 1080p wide viewing angle LCD with enhanced smart phone connectivity that supports Apple CarPlay™ and wireless connectivity for Android Auto™ at an MSRP of $469.95.

Nakamichi Car Audio will be on display at the upcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show November 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center booth #11632 (North Hall).

The current Nakamichi Car Audio rep roster includes:

Southern California-2

Sound Sales & Marketing-Jerry Zemming

Northern California-3

Cardoza and Company-Mark Cardoza

Dakotas-7

Arrowhead Marketing-Doug Hoaglund

Southwest-9

Alan Wojtas Associates-Alan Wojtas

Chicagoland-10

Mielenz Sales-Bill Mielenz

Michigan-11

Audex Marketing-Bill Barron

Southeast-13

M.C. Marketing-Michael Colundjia

Mid Atlantic-16

Encore Mid Atlantic-Russ DePillis

New York/No New Jersey-17

Gemini Advantage Marketing-Bruce Orr

New England-19

Impact Sales & Marketing-Ira Gold

More rep announcements coming soon.

For additional information visit www.nakamichicaraudio.com or you may contact Robin McNeal directly at robin@usa-nakamichi.com or (702) 558-4447.

JVC Ships “Alexa Built-In” Single Din Audio Receivers

(10.03.2019) – JVC has just released 9 new single din audio receivers, packed with today’s most asked for features. Most notably is the “Alexa Built-In” feature available on 8 of the 9 receivers. With Alexa, you can ask to play music, hear the news, check the weather, control smart home devices, and more. Simply download the Amazon Alexa companion app from the Apple App Storeor Google Play Store to set up Alexa on your JVC Receiver.

Single Din Audio Receivers:
KD-X270BT Digital Media Receiver- Bluetooth, USB, AUX, Red Key Illumination, 1Pre-out @ 2.5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $89.95

KD-X370BTS Digital Media Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 3Pre-outs @ 4.0V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $109.95

KD-T710BT (Channel Managed) CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, Blue Key Illumination, 1Pre-out @ 2.5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $109.95

KD-TD71BT CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, Blue Key Illumination, 1Pre-out @ 2.5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $109.95

KD-T910BTS (Channel Managed) CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 2 Pre-outs @ 2.5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $119.95

KD-TD91BTS CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 2 Pre-outs @ 2.5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $119.95

KD-T915BTS (Channel Managed) CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Bluetooth, Front & Rear USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 3 Pre-outs @ 5V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, & K2 Technology. SRP $149.95

Single Din Marine/MotorSports Audio Receivers:
KD-X37BTS (Channel Managed) Marine/MotorSports Digital Media Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Conformal Coated Circuit Board, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 3Pre-outs @ 4.0V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, Marine Remote RM-RK62M Optional Marine Remote Ready, & K2 Technology. SRP $129.95

KD-T91MBS (Channel Managed) Marine/MotorSports CD Receiver- Alexa Built-In, Conformal Coated Circuit Board, Bluetooth, USB (w/iPod Support), AUX, SiriusXM Radio, 2-Zone Variable Color Illumination, 3Pre-outs @ 4.0V, 1.5A USB Charging, 96kHz/24Bit FLAC Support, 13 Band EQ w/Digital Time Alignment, Multi-Language, Marine Remote RM-RK62M Optional Marine Remote Ready, & K2 Technology. SRP $149.95

Visit us.jvc.com/car for more.

Tint World Receives Seventh Franchise Times Top 200+ Ranking

BOCA RATON, FL (10.03.2019) – Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has been named to the Franchise Times Top 200+ list for 2019. This marks the seventh year the company has been named as a top performing U.S.-based franchise brand.

“To receive this type of recognition again is gratifying, but honors like this wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and determination of every member of the Tint World organization,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, president and CEO of Tint World. “Our franchise owners and corporate staff are passionate and driven. They truly live the Tint World culture.”

The Franchise Times Top 200+ list is an annual ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in the United States by global system-wide sales, based on the previous year’s performance. The project is the result of a five-month research and reporting effort each year that results in the most credible and objective franchise ranking available.

“We’ve had significant growth in the last year, and we’re poised to continue that upward climb,” Bonfiglio said. “We currently have 75 different locations in four different countries, with more stores set to open in late 2019. The business model we utilize is proven to be successful, and the same can be said for the support systems we have in place. There couldn’t be a better time to join the Tint World family,” said Bonfiglio.

Visit tintworld.com for more.

Directed in the Midwest “Gears Up” for Remote Start Season

MILWAUKEE, WI / CHICAGO, IL (10.02.2019) – Summer has turned to Fall and Directed is working hard to get in front of technicians, sales people and business owners to prepare them for the coming remote start season. The recent Midwest swing prepared a large number of 12volt retailers for the Remote Start Season.

The Directed “Gear up for the Remote Start Season” in the Midwest got started on Monday, September 23 in Milwaukee at Dave & Buster’s.

Product Specialist Rep (PSR) Justin Gear was traveling hard conducting trainings in Milwaukee WI, Chicago NorthSide, Superstore ABT Electronics and Chicago SouthSide on consecutive nights the 4th week of September. “Long days and late nights…it was a tough week, but this is a critical remote starter market and my home market. So it’s great seeing old friends at the same time” Gear stated.

This Team worked the Directed Midwest swing. Directed’s Bob Hernandez and Justin Gear with Echo Sales members Mike Lewis, Rob Osheaski and Shelby Shimkus (LtoR) pictured at the Chicago SouthSide event.

Bob Hernandez, Regional Sales Manager, Distributor Channel-Northeast & Midwest US, added; “Our PSR’s are our Rock Stars…Gear trained over 250 people over the 4 day trip. Echo Sales did a stellar job working to have strong dealer turnouts at each event. Rob Osheaski, Mike Lewis & Shelby Shimkus, and our distributor partners, worked hard to get the word out and pack the house each night.”

Justin Gear addressing an audience of 12volt retailers In Chicagoland.

Distributor partners included Woofer Electronics, Mid-State Distributing and House of Electronics.

Highlighting the time-saving Directed T-Harness was on the training agenda.

Attendees got a first look at the Directed Smartstart Connect as well as the new DS4WS Bluetooth siren plus an update on the ever growing Directed lineup of OEM Integration Harnesses.

This wide-angle shot shows Justin Gear presenting to the crowd at the Chicago Southside event.

Hernandez added, “We’re not done yet… this week, October 1st and 3rd, we’re in West Virginia and Indianapolis working with our partner Davis Distribution. Then this weekend we are in Kansas City with Pioneer Music Company. Presence Matters… and we’re making our presence known!”

Chicago Northside at the GameStop venue during Justin Gear’s session.

Visit directed.com for more.

Rockford Fosgate Expands Line of Digital Media Receivers

TEMPE, AZ (10.02.2019) – The new PMX-1 Digital Media Receiver is fully equipped for easy Bluetooth streaming from Android or Apple Mobile Devices and add-on control either via Rockford’s steering wheel control (PMX-BTUR) or through the RF Connect mobile App coming soon to Apple and Android App stores. 

PMX-BTUR

Rockford Fosgate has announced the addition of the PMX-1 digital media receiver to their highly successful line of Element Ready source units. The PMX-1 is now available to ship at an MSRP of only $219.99.

Whether you want to stream from you smartphone, plug in an AUX or USB device, listen to AM/FM radio, or check the weather, the PMX-1 gives you complete access to various audio playback formats and charges your mobile devices when using the USB input option. Use the built-in 2-ohm stable amplifier to power up to eight 4-ohm speakers or add external amplifiers using the 4 channel pre-amp outputs. Then tune the system by adjusting the selectable crossovers and 7-band graphic equalizer on the PMX-1. You can even fine tune the level for each source input using the variable source gain adjustment feature.

PMX-1

Rockford built the PMX-1 display to be both scratch resistant and optimized for viewing under all lighting conditions. By optically bonding the 9H tempered glass screen to the display and giving the ability to adjust the display brightness and contrast, Rockford ensured that the 2.3-inch Full Dot Matrix LCD display would be highly durable and easy to read even in harsh sunlight.

Additional specifications include:

  • Global AM/FM/WB Tuner
  • HP/LP/AP Crossovers 12/24 dB/Oct slope
  • Rotary Volume and Sub Level Control Buttons
  • 2V 4-channel Pre-amp Outputs
  • 25W x 4 (4 ohms), 50W x 4 (2 ohms)
  • Voltage gauge with Low Voltage Indicator
  • FCC, CE, IPX6, ASTM D4329, ASTM B117, and EN60945 Certified
  • 2-Year Warranty

Visit rockfordfosgate.com for more.

JL Audio’s New DSP Amps Shake Things Up

TAMPA, FL (10.01.2019) – On Tuesday at IBEX, JL Audio will unveil its new line of MVi amplifiers to boat builders around the world. MVi amplifiers are the first high-performance, ultra-efficient marine-grade amplifier to feature a 3-core AKM digital signal processor (DSP).

With unrivaled tuning capabilities, reference-grade audio performance and vast installation flexibility, JL Audio will launch its MVi line with eight model options that suit all boat builders’ and boat owners’ needs.

MVi amplifiers feature an integrated, high-performance triple-core AKM DSP that allow for intelligent optimization of each audio channel’s timing, frequency response, and output level. The benefits of the DSP within each MVi amplifier extends beyond itself by providing analog pre-amp outputs with independent DSP processing to other amplifiers connected to the system. Instead of using traditional control knobs and switches, MVi amplifiers are easily configured from the captain’s seat of a boat using JL Audio’s free TüN software on a compatible computer, tablet or smartphone.

MVi amplifiers can store up to six sound presets, allowing boaters to switch between sound profiles at the push a button using one of the compatible DRC controllers (sold separately). Further boosting the world-class audio performance of MVi amplifiers is the integration of JL Audio’s next-generation NexD amplifier technology. The NexD2 design employs new directFET MOSFET technology, a completely revised layout scheme and direct DSP control of multiple amplifier channels designed to enhance fidelity, reduce noise and deliver outstanding power efficiency.

MVi amplifiers offer powerful networking capabilities as well as robust expandability options. In addition to the complete lineup of DSP-enabled marine amplifiers, JL Audio will introduce several marine-grade peripheral pieces to simplify the MVi installation process, including:

· a Bluetooth communicator (VXi-BTC) to enable wireless communication between the MVi amplifier or network and compatible mobile devices;

· a weather-tight network hub (MVi-HUB) to network up to six MVi amplifiers (one master and five slaves) for full-system DRC control and preset selection

· a push button control with RGB indicator (M-DRC-50) to allow preset selection from the helm

To further boost the wow-factor of these amplifiers, JL Audio was able to pack all of the aforementioned technology into a compact and stylish alloy chassis with weather-tight power, audio input, speaker and JLid network connections.

JL Audio’s complete line of MVi amplifiers include:

Full-range MVi amplifiers

5-channel MVi marine system amplifiers

Monoblock MV Marine Subwoofer Amplifiers

Visit jlaudio.com and ibexshow.com for more.