JL Audio Relaunches Clarion Marine Brand Into Retail

MIRAMAR, FL (07.02.2020) – Clarion Marine is positioned to make 2020 a breakout year by returning to the retail marine audio channel, under the management of JL Audio, Inc. The company has expanded Clarion Marine’s distributor base and is building a network of specialty retailers.

This follows JL Audio, Inc.’s licensing of the Clarion Marine brand from Clarion Co., Ltd. of Japan, an agreement not affected by the subsequent acquisition of Clarion Co., Ltd. by Faurecia, a global automotive supplier based in France.

Since the licensing agreement went into effect in late 2018, JL Audio hired a dedicated group of product planners, engineers and supply chain experts to form a product development team that could lead Clarion Marine’s return to prominence in the marine audio market. The first wave of new products from this team will debut this summer, with many more products scheduled for delivery in 2021.

“Clarion has a deep history as a pioneering car audio company, and a particularly strong reputation as a marine audio brand. We accepted the challenge to return Clarion Marine to a leadership position with products that are relevant, well-priced and able to deliver a great customer experience,” said Andy Oxenhorn, President of JL Audio, Inc. “It’s very exciting to see the product development team’s hard work come to market. With our disciplined marketing and distribution plan, we expect Clarion Marine to set new records for sales by 2023.”

The Clarion Marine product line is well-focused at key retail price points and will rely on a distribution model that recognizes the value of approved brick and mortar retail outlets. Key distribution partners sharing the company’s vision for the Clarion Marine brand will also play a key role in some markets.

A select group of authorized internet retailers, meeting Clarion Marine’s high standards, will be authorized to sell online.

JL Audio, Inc’s network of sales representatives will manage retail accounts across the United States, guided by the JL Audio, Inc’s sales team. VP of US Retail Sales, Brian Power said, “We have such a great opportunity in front of us, with a great plan for Clarion Marine that complements our well-established JL Audio brand. Our sales team is already hard at work, looking for the best opportunities for success in each market.”

Manville Smith, VP of Marketing for JL Audio, Inc. said, “Our new Clarion Marine tagline, ‘Let’s Hear It.’, anchors our brand message for Clarion Marine. We will focus on communicating in human-centered terms that emphasize the enjoyment our products bring to boaters.” Smith continued, “We will also place an emphasis on Clarion Marine’s longstanding reputation for building products that last in real marine use. We call it ‘Salt and Sun Certified,’ which is a short way of describing the intense testing and certification our products must pass.”

Clarion Marine products have already begun shipping to authorized retailers around the U.S.A.

Visit clarionmarinesystems.com and jlaudio.com for more.

HKI USA Helps Dealers with Special Installation Accessories Offerings

DANIA BEACH, FL (07.02.2020) – HKI SounDigital USA, the US importer and distributor for SounDigital amplifiers and Ground Zero car audio, has announced a new addition to their lineup.

“Amongst shortages of products and installations being on hold due to manufacturing delays, and the world playing catch up, we reached out to our friends in Finland to bring in their amazing line of installation accessories, Four Connect,” said Diogo Iannaccone, CEO of HKI USA.

Continuing, Ianaconi stated “When it comes to our industry, there should be no compromise when it comes to the equipment we install. Where power transfer is concerned, CCA just won’t cut it, so naturally our STAGE 2 power kits have OFC cables and OFC connectors. With Interconnect cables being the vital link between the head unit and the audio components, our STAGE 2 leaves no chance for noise or loss to appear thanks to our BiteHold-connectors, oversized T-OFC conductors and triple shielded Twisted Pair weaving. All these RCA features wrapped in tough-as-nails structure with opposite cone stress relief in connectors and heavy duty super flex insulation.”

The products will be arriving later in this month and will be available through the SounDigital and Ground Zero existing dealer network.

For more information, contact info@soundigitalusa.com

Visit soundigitalusa.com and ground-zero-audio.com/en for more.

U2 X-Radio Launched Exclusively on SiriusXM July 1

NEW YORK, NY (07.02.2020) – SiriusXM and U2 announce today that the band’s much-anticipated U2 X-Radio channel will launch Wednesday, July 1 at 3 p.m. ET, exclusively on SiriusXM Channel 32. A complete immersion into the work and influences of the band from the Northside of Dublin, U2 X-Radio is U2 as you have never heard them before. An extraordinary and unique audio experience exploring the band’s history, idols, influences and current passions, plus inspiration, conversation, culture, commentary and ideas from the band and guests. All curated by U2.

The dedicated and exclusive channel will come to life with music and radio shows that celebrate music from across the globally-acclaimed four-decade career of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, including their biggest hits, deep cuts, live concert recordings and rarities, as well as music from artists that are connected to or inspire the band.

U2 X-Radio will also feature unexpected and entertaining conversations across music, culture, politics and art, in the form of new interviews and original programming, presented by guest presenters and band members, guest DJ sessions and moreU2 X-Radio will immerse listeners in the world of U2, introducing so many friends, old and new, fascinating stories, as well as artists, writers, thinkers and activists who are changing the world.

The band team behind U2 X-Radio includes U2’s trusted, long-time creative director, artist and musician Gavin Friday, along with friend and radio host Bill Flanagan, author of ‘U2 at the End of the World.’

Bono said, “Radio introduced me to music so you could say that radio introduced me to my life… It has kept me company all my life… Music dared me to dream outside the four walls of my childhood bedroom… Radio Caroline, Radio Luxembourg, all my heroes, far away at sea, pirate radio rocking me to sleep… Radio is all around, it is air you can be on… revolutionary sounds coming down to meet me on the airwaves… Music is everything to me, I like to sing and I have been known to talk… This will be a bit of both… From the Northside of Dublin, this is the U2 group on the radio.”

The Edge said, “Like most of the world, U2 find ourselves in a strange suspended moment.  We can’t tour, we can’t even really get in a room and record together. U2 X-Radio gives us a chance to stay connected with our audience in a new way – to speak directly from our homes to listeners across North America.  We are coming up with ideas every day – new music, new guests, new subjects to talk about. U2 X-Radio gives us a unique opportunity to engage in a sort of trans-Atlantic town hall.  Bono said yesterday, ‘Can you believe we have a radio station to play with?’  Thanks to our friends at SiriusXM, U2 is going to be on the air and in your ears as much as you want us to be – even while the old world is changing around us.” 

Adam Clayton said“I listen to a lot of radio, I like it as I always find it so informative. America was the land that took radio big and wide, to a whole other level, one that exposed listeners to new voices, ideas and concepts. That is the spirit in which we bring you U2 X-Radio. We hope you enjoy it.”

Larry Mullen said, “It all sounds exhausting to me but if people really want to listen to us for 24 hours a day, this is the way to do it.”

“With an unrivalled, globally-decorated, and decades-long career that has propelled music, culture and global activism, U2 represents the very spirit of music evolution and positive change” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.  “We are proud to be launching U2’s very own channel as a further extension of their musical vision, delivering an exclusive listener experience and original content from the band members themselves that creates an audio world found nowhere else. Welcome Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry to the SiriusXM family and our listeners.”

U2 X-Radio list of original programming includes:

BONO CALLING: Bono explores seven questions about life, work, hope and the future with guests from every discipline, from world leaders to local activists to movie stars.  First up, BONO CALLING CHRIS ROCK.

CLOSE TO THE EDGE: The Edge talks with fellow musicians, artists and thinkers. A series of revealing conversations about the creative process and more.

DISCOTHÈQUE: Electronic music pioneer, Paul Oakenfold, presents a weekend dance show featuring U2 remixes and club mixes alongside electronic music from other artists and friends for the ultimate summer soundtrack. (More Manchester than Miami!)

DESIRE: A show hosted by the U2 audience themselves. Each episode, a different voice will take to the airwaves to tell their own U2 story and play their five favorite tracks.

ELEVATION: A weekly show celebrating good news and ideas from the worlds of science, medicine, faith and the arts. Hosted by Irish broadcaster and writer John Kelly, ELEVATION will feature music and poetry; interviews with artists, activists, thinkers and scholars; plus, the occasional member of U2. Upcoming guests include civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson (‘Just Mercy’).

(GUEST) PLAYS U2: Tune in to hear fellow artists and friends talk about their favorite U2 songs. First show – MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY PLAYS U2.

Plus, a weekly show from Irish DJ DAN HEGARTY on U2 X-Radio.

For more information on U2 X-Radio please visit siriusxm.com/u2x-radio

U2 X-Radio is an example of SiriusXM music channels created with iconic and leading artists including The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Eminem, LL COOL J, Grateful Dead, Phish, Dave Matthews, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Diplo, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and more.

Over 100 SiriusXM channels – including U2 X-Radio – are available for free for anyone with an inactive SiriusXM radio in their car as well as on the SiriusXM app through July 6. To listen to U2 X-Radio on your SiriusXM radio simply tune to channel 32, and to listen on the SiriusXM app visit: siriusxm.com/U2Free

SSV Works Announces the Arrival of Its X3 & RZR Pro XP Kits Featuring JVC Radios

OXNARD, CA (07.01.2020) – SSV Works is proud to announce that its new 3- and 5-speaker kits with JVC backup-camera-ready radio for CanAm Maverick X3 (2017+) and Polaris RZR Pro XP (2020) are now shipping. SSV Works is also offering, for a limited time, free shipping (to lower 48 states) as well as including the backup camera with these new systems free of charge.

SSV Works announced a collaboration with JVC during the 2020 CES Show in which SSV Works is now the exclusive Powersports distributor for the KD-MR1BTS marine / powersports digital media receiver.

“As the exclusive distributor for JVC’s new KD-MR1BTS marine/powersports digital media receiver, we are excited to continue to make our kits available for even more of today’s hottest and most popular off-road vehicles,” said Trevor Kaplan, SSV Works CEO. “Everything in one box…no soldering, no cutting, no crimping. Simply bolt in the pre-installed speakers and pre-tuned amplifiers with the included vehicle specific plug-&-play wiring harness.”

The CanAm X3 5-speaker kit includes:
• Direct-Fit dash kit with JVC MR1 Media Receiver and Backup Camera
• SSV Works dash speaker pods with Kicker 4-inch speakers
• SSV Works rear cage-mounted speaker pods with 6.5-inch speakers
• SSV Works driver or passenger underseat sub enclosure Kicker 10-inch subwoofer
• Direct-Fit amp mounting system with two Kicker amplifiers (totaling 800W)
• Plug-&-Play harness, wiring, and cables

A JVC Digital Receiver lights up the dash on this RZR headed into the sunset.

The Polaris RZR Pro XP 5-speaker kit includes:
• Direct-Fit dash kit with JVC MR1 Media Receiver and Backup Camera
• Front door panel speaker pods with SSV Works 6.5-inch speakers
• Direct-Fit amp mounting system with 4-channel amplifier
• Plug-&-Play harness, wiring, and cables

*The 3-speaker kits are the same for both minus the cage pods.

Kits previously made available include those for Polaris RZR XP1000, Turbo, 900 (2014 – ’18) and Polaris RZR XP1000, Turbo, 900 (2019 – ’20).

The IPX6-rated KD-MR1BTS digital media receiver features Bluetooth, USB, a 2.7-inch color display, global tuner with weather band, 7-Band EQ, rear view camera capability, and is SiriusXM-Ready.

“Current SSV Works customers can upgrade their audio kits with a plug-and-play mounting and harness solution, as well,” added Kaplan. “JVC is a legacy in the mobile audio radio market, and we could not be more excited to partner with such a brand and provide our customers with the best powersports radio and overall audio solution kits in the market.”

Added Ron Trout, Director of Sales – Regional Sales Group – Car Electronics Sector – JVC Mobile, “SSV Works is the market leader in aftermarket powersports audio solutions, making them the ideal partner for our KD-MR1BTS. We are looking forward to both our and SSV’s customers to benefit from each other’s expertise and experiencing the next level of powersports audio.”

For more information, visit www.SSVWorks.com, call 818-991-1SSV (1778), or email sales@SSVworks.com.

MB Quart Releases RVM2.0 RV Digital Source Unit for Adventures

LIBERTYVILLE, IL (07.01.2020) – Obtain total control of your 4th adventures with the RVM2.0 source unit. This 160-watt, digital multi-media, mechless source unit includes AM / FM radio, and Bluetooth 4.0.


  • Apple Control allows quick control and access of Apple Music with iPhone, iPod, and iPad
  • Input types include Bluetooth, RCA, and USB
  • Bluetooth Connect allows your phone to be paired to the controller
  • Secure Simple Pairing allows for a quick and secure wireless connection between your Bluetooth enabled device
  • Quick Pair allows to immediately connect to the last device connected

Click here to learn more about the RVM2.0 digital source unit from the MB Quart website and get ready to obtain total control in all of your audio.

Visit mbquart.com for more.

Tim Freeman Named DOW June People’s Belt Winner

TAMPA, FL (07.01.2020) – Tim Freeman was named the DOW Electronics People’s Belt Winner for the month of June.

Freeman is DOW’s Director of Business Analytics and Operations. The 15-year company veteran was nominated by his peers for the award.

Tim Freeman is all smiles as he proudly holds the ‘People’s Belt’ as the June 2020 Winner.

Jay Johnson, DOW Director of Marketing related “Tim was chosen due to his continued dedication to excellence and going above and beyond for our staff and customers on a daily basis. He works tirelessly on our technology infrastructure along with being one of the top leaders in operations nationally. We feel very blessed to have him as part of our DOW family”

Freeman works out of the DOW Electronics Tampa, FL HQ which is one of 6 locations for the consumer electronics and 12volt distributor in the U.S.

Visit dowelectronics.com for more.

717 Car Audio Celebrated 3 Year Anniversary

MOUNTVILLE, PA (06.30.2020) – 717 Car Audio invited friends, customers and enthusiasts to celebrate the company’s 3 Year Anniversary on Saturday, June 27th. The event, from 10 AM until 4 PM, was held at the company’s Mountville store with a full slate of activities for all to enjoy.

Scott Wagner related “It was a super day. We had between 40 and 50 people through the day even though the weather was not so good. In the lot during the day we had over 30 cars including some really nice show cars. The shop ‘Rat Rod’ was right up front, along with Stephanie’s Pink Jeep and both got a lot of attention. We offered a free custom 717 Car Audio T-shirt and went through nearly 4 dozen very quickly”

The shop ‘Rat Rod’ and ‘Fight Like Girl’ Pink Jeep were up front and anniversary T-ShirtS were free to those attending.

Attendees enjoyed contests, prizes and giveaways along with refreshments and hotdogs on the grille. There was a custom 60 quart Roller ice chest rockin’ with SounDigital, Ground Zero and Kenwood gear that kicked off a contest for the next year. “We put together a contest for our customers to build their ice chest and compete. There was a $100. entry fee with the with all proceeds going to a charity of the winner’s choice. We had 16 people sign up on the spot” Wagner offered.

A number of top show car and classics were on the 717 lot.

A major event during the event was the “Beat the Jeep” audio contest. No one beat Stephanie’s ‘Fight Like Girl’ pink Jeep loaded with 4 JL Audio Amps and 4 JL Audio subs.

Stephanie and Bob (L) and Stephanie and Jason flank the Shop 51 graphic. Mike McDade, Shop 51, made the unique prizes being held by Bob and Jason from old engine parts.
This 717 60 quart cooler loaded with SounDigital, Ground Zero and Kenwood kicked off a contest for next year.

717 Car Audio support has strong support with prizes and giveaways from vendors including Kicker, SounDigital, Ground Zero and Kenwoood and others.

Scott Wagner is pictured with a classic Chevy and hot bike in front of 717 Wraps a sister company.

Jamie White, Opus Marketing principal, related “Chuck Ottati handles the 717 account for our firm. 717 Car Audio is a very proactive dealer in our territory and he works closely with their team. 12volt retailers that are visible and connect with consumers in their marketplace are so important. We congratulate 717 car Audio for all they do to move the 12volt industry forward”

This bike is amazing… and the graphics are even more amazing!

A big 12volt hats off to owners Stephanie Stryjwski and Jeremy Lease along with Scott and the Team at 717 Car Audio.

Visit 717caraudio.com for more.

Accele Electronics Unveils Driving Innovation

Accele Electronics has announced the launch of their new web site, www.accele.com. This website serves as a portal to “Driving Innovation,” Accele’s vast array of solutions for everyday applications. Accele has been designing, manufacturing and delivering quality products for over 30 years with a focus on the Automotive Aftermarket. 

Christian Way, Accele VP

“Visitors to this portal will find a newly designed home page, free of clutter, containing an easy to navigate interface, said Christian Way, Vice President, Accele Electronics. Today, more than ever, an intelligently and intuitively designed web presence is a top priority. Our goal in the redesign was to implement functionality to assist our dealers and distributors in making buying decisions plus provide support for our many products. We’ve accomplished that goal with the inclusion of owner and installation manuals for most products. Additionally, we made the site easy to navigate with an attractive and easy to use menu interface for end users to select the appropriate solution.”

“We’ve listened to our customers and took their suggestions on how to improve this valuable resource to best meet their needs. This new website contains Images and descriptions of the products offered by Accele Electronics and will eventually serve as a tool for online ordering for our business partners using a password protected portal. This new resource also contains contact information for sales and technical support. Our goal is to enable easy access to the information necessary when selecting products or planning installation of products,” added Christian Way, Vice President, Accele Electronics. Additional features to be rolled out include access to installation and product demonstration Videos. 

Visit www.accele.com for more.

CTA Study Shows Consumer Excitement for Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles Grows Amid Pandemic

ARLINGTON, VA (06.30.2020) – U.S. consumers’ enthusiasm for autonomous delivery technologies – including drones, self-driving vehicles and robots – is growing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Autonomous Delivery Systems: Consumer Awareness & Favorability Study.

The study finds one-quarter (26%) of consumers now view autonomous delivery technologies more favorably than before the coronavirus health crisis. Half (49%) of consumers rate these technologies as somewhat or very favorable.

“With the increased need for contactless delivery, consumers are getting first-hand experience and becoming more familiar and comfortable with autonomous systems such as self-driving vehicles and drones,” said Lesley Rohrbaugh, Director of Research, CTA. “Our data shows that these emerging technologies are playing an important role in delivering essential groceries, household items and medical supplies.”

Urban area residents are more aware of autonomous delivery technologies
More than a one-quarter (27%) of respondents have some degree of familiarity with autonomous delivery systems. Residents in urban areas (35%) are more familiar with autonomous delivery than suburban (28%) or rural (16%) residents.

Younger adults and families with children view autonomous delivery technologies more favorably
Most (63%) of those in the 18-34 age group indicate favorability toward autonomous delivery systems. Nearly three-fifths (57%) of households with children indicate high favorability toward autonomous delivery systems compared to households without children (46%).

“The trends we are seeing are reflective of the high demand for more options and convenience during this time, especially among families with children,” said Rohrbaugh. “Consumers are excited about the ability of these technologies to improve their lives.”

The Autonomous Delivery Systems: Consumer Awareness & Favorability Study looks at public perceptions of autonomous systems used for delivery, such as self-driving vehicles, drones and delivery robots during the COVID-19 pandemic. CTA administered the quantitative survey to an online sample of 1,004 U.S. respondents ages 18+ between May 11 and 13, 2020. The complete study is available for free for CTA member companies.

Visit www.cta.tech for more.

Electronics Sales Manager / Distribution Sales Manager

  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: 401k, dental, life insurance, medical, vision, disability.

Job Description
Electronics Sales Manager / 12 Volt Team Sales Manager – Chicago, IL Branch

Must-Have: Working Knowledge of 12 Volt Industry – Thru Retail and/or Electronics Sales/Distribution.

Emphasis on growing Sales and developing Team:

  • Daily interaction with Inside/Outside/Showroom Sales Staff to process orders
  • Positive attitude mindset with strong problem solving abilities
  • Grow existing business and customer relationships.
  • Effectively communicate with inside/outside sales team.
  • Mentor internal sales team; regular sit downs and reviews.
  • Interface with buying team and vendors to optimize sales and inventory for branch.
  • Responsible for meeting sales goals.
  • Works closely with the Management team by offering timely communication, sales forecasts and reporting, and strategic direction and sales feedback.


  • General and Sales management experience. Degree helpful but not required.
  • Experience in Electronics Distribution Industry is preferred
  • A proven track record of building a sales team (hiring, training, developing)
  • Marketing and online sales experience is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of Excel, Word and Office programs.
  • Some travel required – Must have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
  • Background checks are part of the hiring process; this may include a Motor Vehicle Check.

Company Description
Mid-State Distributing Continues to expand in the Midwest building a team of professionals who have a passion to deliver excellence in customer service and profitable solutions to their dealers.

Mid-State Distributing – Why Work Here?
Great benefits including medical, dental, vision care with paid vacation and holidays. We are a family owned Business thriving in the Midwest developing new business opportunities.

Submit your resume to p.beland@m-state.com

Relocations will be considered.