AudioControl and Shiflet & Dickson Off to a Fast Start in 2020

GASTONIA, NC (01.23.2020) – Shiflet & Dickson hosted dealers for an AudioControl training session on Monday evening, January 20th, at the company’s facility in Gastonia NC. Matt Palumbo, AudioControl’s National Trainer, flew in from Seattle to conduct the training.

David Holland, Shiflet & Dickson GM, stated “We had about 30 people in the audience for Matt’s training. He not only thoroughly covered the technical aspects of products in the AudioControl line but gave dealers a number of sales pointers that they can use on the sales floor back in their stores. Several dealers came from over a couple hours away and they were definitely rewarded for their trip.”

Matt Palumbo (L) and Dennis Montgomery set to kick off the Shiflet & Dickson Training meeting.

Palumbo related “We trained the audience members at Shiflet & Dickson on the entire AudioControl lineup as well as a focus on new products like our LC1i and LC2iPRO, ACX Series all-weather amplifiers, new 5-channel amplifier as well as the game changing DM-RTA. Audience members were definitely in tune and asked a lot of real world questions.”

Holland added “We had a meeting in the AudioControl booth at CES. While there Matt took me through the line. In our discussions in the booth I mentioned we had not had an AudioControl training in a while. Just 10 days after CES 2020 concluded we had an AudioControl training at our facility. That’s getting after it and we appreciate the very quick action to get 2020 off to a fast start with Audio Control.”

Steven Reed (R), MIG, pictured with AudioControl’s Matt Palumbo with the AudioControl ACM4.300 he won as the raffle prize at the Training Meeting.

A drawing was held for an Audio.Control ACM4.300 at the event. Steven Reed, from Mobile Installation Group (MIG), in Gaffney SC was the winner. Reed told “Matt put on a great training and I am looking forward to putting my ACM4.300 into action.”

Reece Helms, Shiflet & Dickson’s new Territory Manager for the company’s Eastern NC and SC area, attended the meeting. Helms spent 15 years working with N Tunz in Salisbury NC and lives on the coast. Helms will provide Shiflet & Dickson greater coverage in golf cart, ATV, motorcycle and marine accounts.

Following the Shiflet & Dickson training Palumbo hit the road with Dennis Montgomery visiting dealers in the territory. Montgomery is a territory manager for Tech Marketing that reps AudioControl.

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KICKER Expands the Hideaway Compact Powered Subwoofer Line with a 10" Model

STILLWATER, OK (01.23.2020) – KICKER has added a powerful 10-inch version of the Hideaway Compact Powered Subwoofer to its line of bass products, currently shipping and available at Authorized KICKER Dealers in-store and online.  The Hideaway HS10 will retail for $349.95.

Adding a larger speaker and more power to the Hideaway’s already popular feature set, the 10-inch compact sub packs a larger punch than the original Hideaway, with 180 watts of bass power.  KICKER engineers ensured the new larger cone would barely alter the Hideaway’s near universal fit in modern vehicles. A highly convenient form factor, the HS10’s all-aluminum body readily fits under a seat, in a trunk or behind a truck bench.

The HS10 also features FIT+ (Fail-safe Integration Technology PLUS), a KICKER exclusive that enhances noise rejection, increases clarity and helps to ensure the subwoofer works with nearly every radio on the planet, including modern vehicles using start/stop technology, and those with up to 40 volts (400 watts) of input voltage. FIT+ has the added benefit of making a line-output converter unnecessary.

The HS10 is ready to install right out of the box. The quick-connect Molex plug and harness includes power, signal and remote turn-on. The Hideaway also comes ready with a remote bass control for fine-tuning bass levels, an on-board adjustable low-pass crossover, variable 6dB bass boost, phase switch and two automatic turn-on options.

The included remote control allows changing the amount of bass without changing the radio volume, for the perfect mix of bass at any volume.

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Metra Electronics Introduced New RGB/RGBW Lights, Controllers and Mobile App at CES

HOLLY HILL, FL (01.23.2020) – Metra Electronics has introduced new RGB and RGBW LED lights, controllers with programmable triggers and a new mobile app for their 12volt brands. RGBW lights feature the full spectrum of RGB LEDs plus an option for true white LED light color. The new mobile app will work with Heise LED Lighting Systems, Metra PowerSports and Metra Marine RGB and RGBW lighting products, allowing multiple devices to be grouped together and synced to the same lighting patterns, colors and more. Additionally, Heise is releasing an RGB and an RGBW control box with several new rock light options and connection accessories. Metra PowerSports also unveiled a new RGBW dome light, RGB and RGBW rock lights, a new control box and lighting connection accessories at CES 2020.


RGB/RGBW Mobile App
The new RGBW mobile app is customizable for each brand, allowing the user to select from three different backgrounds to reflect Heise, Metra PowerSports or Metra Marine’s brand style. The app has a selectable color wheel with 16 million different RGB color options and a true white light color option, available with RGBW products. The app automatically updates via Bluetooth and detects if a product connected to the control box is RGB or RGBW, allowing groups of both products to be used and controlled within the same mobile app.

Users can also select from built-in pre-programmed lighting transitions for rainbow, fire and water, with additional transitions that include blinking, fading or pulsing between a combination of any two colors. For accurate color matching to completely customize the LED lights, a camera color capture feature is also available in the app. The new mobile app uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for wireless control that streams in the background, uses significantly less power and does not impact the user’s ability to stream music via Bluetooth from the same mobile device. Metra’s new app will be available in the Google Play and Apple store soon.


New Control Boxes
Both Heise and Metra PowerSports are launching new IPX4 rated control boxes for RGB and RGBW LED lights with conformal coated circuit boards. The new control boxes can group multiple devices and handle up to ten amps of current, which allows for more lighting products than what most competing standard control boxes can handle. The mobile app also allows for multiple control boxes to be grouped together and installed within the same system. Unique to both Heise and Metra PowerSports control boxes is the ability for installers to put a positive voltage trigger to lights to offer four programmable triggers for any color. For example, yellow for a turn signal, red for the brake light, white for the reverse light and an additional option for the fourth trigger. This feature is exclusive to Metra and allows for even more customization of the RGB and RGBW lighting products.

RGB-CB1 – Heise Control Box for RGB Lights with 4 Triggers
RGBW-CB1 – Heise Control Box for RGBW Lights with 4 Triggers
RGB-CB3 – Heise Control Box for 702RGB Headlights and Fog Lights with 4 Triggers
RGB-CB2 – Metra PowerSports RGB Control Box with 4 Triggers
RGBW-CB2 – Metra PowerSports RGBW Control Box with 4 Triggers
Control boxes are required for operation of RGB or RGBW lighting products.


New RGB and RGBW Lights
Heise and Metra PowerSports are both introducing rugged, off-road RGB and RGBW rock lights rated IP68 to accent vehicle wheel wells, footwells and more. Heise pod lights are available individually or as 4-pod kits in 9-watt RGB CREE LED or 24-watt RGBW 3030 LED options. Metra PowerSports rock lights feature 3 pods per strip with 5 LEDs per pod, available as individual strips or 4-pod strip kits. Metra PowerSports is also introducing a new RGBW dome light with 10-foot wire and female micro 5-DIN connector. Control boxes are sold separately and required for operation.


Heise Rock Lights:
RGB1-4KT – Heise 4-Pod RGB Rock Light Kit with CREE LEDs
HE-TL1RGB – Heise Single RGB Rock Light with CREE LEDs
RGBW1-4KT – Heise 4-Pod RGBW Rock Light Kit with 3030 LEDs
RGBW1-S1 – Heise Single RGBW Rock Light with 3030 LEDs

Metra PowerSports Rock Lights:
RGB2-4KT – Metra PowerSports 4-Pod RGB Rock Light Kit
RGB2-S1 – Metra PowerSports Single RGB Rock Light
RGBW2-4KT – Metra PowerSports 4-Pod RGBW Rock Light Kit
RGBW2-S1 – Metra PowerSports Single RGBW Rock Light
RGBW2-DL – Metra PowerSports RGBW Dome Light

Lighting Connection Accessories
To complete the lighting installation, Metra is introducing new “Y” adapters, pigtail adapters and extension accessories from both Heise and Metra PowerSports to work with the new lights and control boxes.

These new products will be shipping soon. Additional specifications and part numbers are available in the 2020 New Product Guide and

HKI SounDigital USA Brings in Great Asset to the Powersports Division

DANIA BEACH, FL (01.22.2020) – HKI SounDigital USA, the US importer and distributor for SounDigital Amplifiers and Ground Zero Car Audio, is pleased to announce a new member to their team. “Dorian Thomas will be a great asset for our company, to help us develop our growing Powersports division” stated Diogo Iannaccone, CEO of HKI SounDigital USA. “We are very excited to have him on board!”

Dorian Thomas in the SounDigital booth at SEMA 2019.

“I’m very happy with the opportunity to be a part of two of the finest 12-volt manufacturers in the industry,” commented Dorian Thomas, “I’ve been working closely with SD and GZ for the last two years with great success in the powersports industry and I’m excited with all the new products that are going to be released in the very near future!” With a passion specializing in custom Harley Davidson audio systems and fabrication, along with ground up bike builds, Dorian has built relationships with custom and specialty parts manufacturers across this part of the industry.

Utilizing his knowledge of the powersports market and his friendships across the industry, he will be helping with the design and sales of new products for both SD and GZ specifically tailored to custom powersports audio.

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Oracle Lighting Announces New Ford Mustang LED Grill Vent Accent Lights

METAIRE, LA (01.22.2020) – ORACLE Lighting has announced its new Dynamic ColorSHIFT RGB+A LED Grill Vent Accent Lights for the 2015-2017 Ford Mustangs (p/n 1282-332). The new accent lights are now available with an MSRP of $295.95.

“We are excited to announce this feature-packed new Mustang accessory…the ORACLE Lighting Dynamic ColorSHIFT RGB+A LED Grill Vent Accent Lights,” said Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “The new lights feature individually addressable LEDs which pack a ton of unique features, including allowing the user to run multiple moving color patterns through the LEDs, creating a vivid eye-catching lighting effect. Our new RGB+A SWITCHBACK line-up feature Amber LEDs for a dynamic turn signal effect. The Amber LED chips can be utilized as a Turn Signal by tapping into the + turn signal wire.”

Through the App you can easily set to a standard white color for normal Daytime Running Light use then switch to any static color using the LED color wheel. What makes these DYNAMIC halos more unique is that you can also display a variety of moving patterns within the app. With more than 200 different patterns, there is something to fit every color scheme you can imagine. The White DRL mode is designed for street use while the other colors are for “show” use only.

“We are excited to get back to our roots with this new and innovative Mustang product,” said Hartenstein. “ORACLE’s first lighting modifications were for the Ford Mustang when the company began more than 20 years ago.”

Installation is also easy thanks to the IP67 waterproof characteristics of the circuit boards. These LEDs are completely encapsulated in a waterproof resin which makes them completely waterproof and allows them to be installed onto the outside of the lens. This makes installation easy, even for a beginner.

Wiring is now made simple with the plug-and-play connectors. Simply plug the halos into the LED driver and connect to + and – to the battery. Then you just turn on the app and connect to the controller.

The kit includes:

  • (2) Waterproof Dynamic ColorSHIFT Grill Vent Accent Lights
  • LED Driver  Hub with Plug & Play Connectors
  • (1) RGB+A Bluetooth LED Controller
  • (1) Inputs for Dynamic Turn Signals
  • (1) Adhesion Promoter Pad

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Alphasonik Releases New 800 Series Subwoofers

GARDENA, CA (01.22.2020) – Car audio enthusiasts now have a new way to enjoy their favorite music in their car with the all-new 12-inch subwoofer-the VSW812 from Alphasonik.

“The Alpha VSW812, our 12-inch 800 Series dual 4-ohm subwoofer, will change the way you listen to music in your vehicle,” says Enrique Avalos-Director of Sales & Marketing. “The woofer is rated at 1200 watts RMS, with 87dB efficiency, and a frequency response of 28Hz to 500Hz.

The VSW812 features a massive 2-layer, high travel foam surround for reliability and control at maximum excursion. Our new surround is designed for increased cone surface area without sacrificing low frequency response.

Additional features include:  Proprietary Cast Aluminum CNC Machine Finish “Alpha” Basket and Cooling Rings for Motor Assembly, Pressed Paper Kevlar-Reinforced Cone, Flat Progressive Rate Nomex Spider with Spiral-Woven Leads and 8-gauge Spring Loaded Terminals.

Like all Alphasonik 800 series subwoofers, the 12-inch features a taller, narrower J-surround and a special aluminum trim ring which conceals the mounting screws. The woofer is offered in dual 4-ohm, allowing you more flexibility during installation.

The Alphasonik VSW812 retails for $279.99 and is available now! For more information, email us at or visit

Mobile Solutions Hosts Second So. Cal. Hot Rod Fab Class

TEMPE, AZ (01.21.2020) – Mobile Solutions is hosting a special one-day Accelerated Hot Rod Interior Fabrication 2.0 training session in Southern California on Thursday February 6th, just before the official kick off of MEA KnowledgeFest in Long Beach, CA. Bryan Schmitt, president of Mobile Solutions leads the class, along with the all-star builders who’ve been part of other popular Mobile Solutions training classes including: Juan “JT” Torres, Tom Miller, Chris Pate and Gary Bell. The training session is scheduled for 1 pm – 7 pm and is hosted at Automotive Entertainment in Huntington Beach, CA.

Bryan Schmitt from Mobile Solutions comments “We had such a successful training event last year at Automotive Entertainment that we’ve stepped up the curriculum and added even more instructors so that it’ll be guaranteed to be an incredible event for those in attendance.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the most talented designers and fabrication minds in the business. Here’s a summary of what is presented in this can’t miss training:

• How to conceptualize an interior design and convert it to something you can build
• Detailed router work examples for greater safety, precision and efficiency
• Using aluminum in multiple ways for serviceable panel construction and cosmetic interest
• How to seam multiple materials together (vinyl, suede & carpet) and create interest
• New and refined vinyl embossing techniques to personalize hot rod interior design
• New and refined diamond pattern panel technique to emulate upscale vehicle interiors
• Technical leather and vinyl wrapping examples with time-saving tools and preparation
• Where to find premium OEM-grade leather, vinyl, fabric, glue and supplies

“In our automotive builder-centric community of Southern California, we appreciate the opportunity to present advanced interior fabrication techniques to 12 volt technicians and hot rod builders alike” says JT Torres of Automotive Entertainment who is hosting the event. Torres, Chris Pate and Tom Miller were all former ME-Mag Installer of the Year recipients in addition to each being accomplished business owners. Gary Bell, another guest instructor and business owner at Define Concepts, builds demo vehicles regularly for leading 12 volt manufacturers.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be served throughout the training day. Attendees are treated to a world-class Santa Maria-style BBQ dinner with all the trimmings at the close of the training session put on by Armando “Mandezze” Rolon of Atlas Custom Sound. Orca Manufacturing is co-sponsoring the dinner.

This is an incredible opportunity for professionals in interior design and custom fabrication to learn in a real shop environment, enjoy great food, meet and collaborate with like-minded industry professionals and get in gear for the KnowledgeFest event in Long Beach, CA that follows on Feb 7-9, 2020.

Though the training session is presented in English, Spanish speakers will have access to JT Torres and other Spanish-speaking fabricators to help translate questions on the content specifics during class breaks.

Find additional information and to register for the one-day So. Cal Accelerated Hot Rod Fab 2.0 training, visit

Tuition is $199 and includes the incredible Santa Maria-style BBQ dinner after the event. Registration closes Monday February 3, 2020.