The DG Motorsportz Wins JBL Prize on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Spin 127

SHREVEPORT LA (05.15.21)  WTF…Win This Friday. DG Motorsportz won the JBLPrize on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel on Friday morning, May 14th.

The 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel was created to bring an element of fun to the 12volt industry. Three months ago we celebrated the 2nd Anniversary of the weekly 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel rolled for 127th time on Friday morning May 14th. The Wheel landed on the JBL Space. The DG Motorsportz slip was drawn from the jar and an Instagram post of the winning slip was posted. A video of the Wheel spin was also posted. We reached out to DG Motorsportz in High Point NC and AJ was happy to hear the news that A JBL CLIP 3 portable speaker will be headed that way. 

A number of the JBL products for prizes were sent to the 12volt Central Studios by Shawn Spedding for Wheel winners. We will send a JBL CLIP 3 to AJ.

Spinning out a winner each Friday, a lucky 12volt retailer can win a cool prize and top brands receive visibility across the marketplace.

12volt brands with a space on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel include Kicker, NavAtlas, SiriusXM, Accele, PowerBass, CRUX, DS18, SoundStream, AIS, JBL, DAS/Off Terrain, Power Acoustik, JVC and ZZ-2. 12volt News $100. cash awards have spaces on the 12volt Spin-To-Wheel for a winning 12volt retailer.

Past winners of the 12volt Spin-To-Win include…Stereo & Video Center-Tyler TX, The Outlaw Garage-Franklin TN, Exotic Sounds-West Palm Beach FL, Endless Possibilities-Aurora IL., Go Auto Sound in Union City NJ, Al&Ed’s South Bay CA, No Limitz Car Audio in Upland CA, Neil’s Specialty-Eureka CA, Sturgess Customs-Lexington SC, Audio By Art-San Antonio TX, SMS Car Audio in Marreo LA and Sweet Wheelz in Mississauga Ontario Canada, Cartronics in Biscayne FL, The CarAudio Shop in St Louis MO, Exotic Sounds in West Palm Beach FL, High North Customs in Grand Prairie Alberta Canada and AMS Audio in Bakersfield CA, Team QRT in Abbeyville LA and California Sound in Fontana CA and Jackie Cooper Electronics, Oklahoma City OK, MARS Audio-Orlando FL, All American Audio in Nutley NJ, Proline Car Stereo in Brooklyn NY, Custom Shop Miami, Tunes and Tint in Lakeland FL, Mobile Concepts Inc in Mokena IL, Seismic Auto Sound in Concord CA, Brooklyn Car Audio in Brooklyn NY, Audio Solutions in Florence MS, Enhanced Customs in Largo FL, Rayco Auto Clinic, Audio Design in San Jose CA, Go Bass Mode in Florida, Avenue Sound in Freeport NY, Audio Plus in Riverview FL, Stereo Zone in Whittier CA, In-Phase Car Audio in Omaha NE, AutoLife Group, N&H Electronics, SK Customs, Land & Sea, The Audio One, NC Custom Shop,Tint World Orlando, Ricky Smith’s Audio, VIP Custom Woks, Mobile Audio Concepts, Audio Lad, Sound Sensations, Dave’s Stereo, Stereo Design, Badlands Customs, Custom Audio-Erie PA, Voltz Autosports-Bridgeport CT, Infinity Sound and Security-Kissimmee, Autosport Plus-Canton OH, Stereo City Pros in Carmichael CA, Devine Concepts in Naples FL, The Sound Shop in Indian Trail NC, Extreme Performance Audio in Fresno CA, Audio Depot in Arlington TX, Audio Security in Houston TX, Earmark Car Audio and Marine in Lewisville TX, Audio Jam in Bear DE, Stereo City Ontario, Ontario CA, Audio By Art, San Antonio TX, Code Zero Customs in Tulsa OK, Ken’s Car Tunes in Mobile AL, Soundz Plus in Naperville IL, Markland Designs in Lithonia GA, Electronics Plus in Salinas CA, Xtreme Autosports in Santa Clarita CA, Superior Audio Sounds in San Angelo TX and Model Electronics in Ramsey NJ, Texas Dreamz Customs in Spring TX, Wired Electronics in Linden NJ and Intense Car Audio in OKC, OK, Underground Auto in Sarasota FL, Car Toys Tulsa in Tulsa OK,  Real Audio in Erie PA, Go Autosound in Union NJ, DFM Stereo in Ukiah CA, Impact Tint and Audio in Tyler TX, Mobile Sound Systems in Arlington TX, Redline Audio and Performance In Spindale NC, Car Audio Land in San Diego CA, Audio X Custom Car Audio in Florence AL, River Oaks Car Stereo in Houston TX, American Radio Orlando in Sanford FL, Illustrious Customs in Woodbridge VA, Remote Start Pros in Lawrence MA, HiPro Audio in Victoria TX, AudioPlanetNY in Huntington Station NY, Endless Possibilities in Aurora IL, Audio Finesse in Santa Monica, Drive Customs in San Luis Obispo CA, Custom Works, Noblesville IN, AtoZ Detail in West Haven CT, Cars 843 in Charleston SC, CarTunes Atlanta in Atlanta GA, Mobile Concepts in Garwood NJ, Duke’s Car Stereo in Flint MI, Infinity Auto Sound, King Car Audio in Norwalk CT, PopTronics in Baltimore MD, Sanford Sound in Sanford ME,  Angelvip2474 in Draper UT, Dynamic Car Audio in Baltimore MD, Hi-Pro Audio in Victoria TX, Car Stereo Max in Houston, Pro Audio Center in Richland MS, Rhodes Off-Roads in Farmington MO, Model Electronics in Ramsey NJ, Class A Sounds in Athens OH. Just Audio Video in North Providence RI, CT_Custom in Philadelphia, Audio Solutions in Florence MS and The Audio Shop RC in Rapid City SD. Congratulations to all.

WTF… Where’s the Fun. On the next spin of the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel… on Friday, May 21st.

JVC Dash Cam Winners Named for Recent Trainings That Included LIVE DEMO

12VOLT CENTRAL STUDIOS (05.014.2021) – JVC Mobile Entertainment recently entered the booming dash cam market with the new KV-DR305 dashboard camera.

To roll out this new feature rich and value-priced dash cam, boasting full HD (1920×1080) recording, JVC scheduled  2 web based LIVE DEMO product training sessions. The sessions took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 4th and 5th respectively.

Alex Miranda in the Sound Depot store in Madison AL with a JVC product.
Dusty Liebhaber in the Muntz Audio store in Appleton WI with JVC products in the background.

Dealers attending each session also had a chance to win a KV-DR305…1 dash cam prize per training. Alex Miranda, Sound Depot- Madison, AL, won the dash cam prize for the May 4th training session. Dusty Liebhaber, Muntz Audio-Appleton, WI won the dash cam for the May 5th session.

Marcus Vasconcellos, JVC KEWOOD Mobile Electronics Product Specialist, recently received a sample KV-DR305 and installed it in his Toyota Sequoia. “I put it through its paces forward and backward and it performed flawlessly. That prepared me to be a host on the training sessions” Vasconcellos stated.

Marcus Vanconcellos pictured in his Sequoia with the KV-DK305 used in the JVC  LIVE DEMO Training.

During the sessions hosts led discussions relating to Dash Cam market growth and why it makes sense for 12volt retailers to add the category their product mix. Dealers also learned who the dash cam customer is and the benefits a dash cam will add to their driving experience. The LIVE DEMO of the KV-DR305 dash cam added to the take-away of people attending the sessions.

Seth Halstead-National Training & Content Development Manager, along with Mobile Electronics Product Specialists Josh Bowen and Marcus Vasconcellos participated in the JVC Dash Cam training sessions.

Visit us.jvc.com/car for more.

New Stereo King Trailer on the Road to Maximize Visibility for the Oregon Retailer

HAPPY VALLEY, OR (05.14.2021) – Stereo King recently finished a customized 26’ trailer with attention grabbing graphics. The new trailer will be utilized to increase awareness at the retailer’s multiple locations plus consumer events in the area. Stereo King has 4 stores in Oregon plus Dicks Stereo in Boise, ID.

The new Stereo King 26’ trailer drives the brand and the message “Nobody Beats The King.”
Drivers following on the road see the Stereo King brand and area store locations.

“Stereo King is very active in the PowerSports category. We participate in a number of large area enthusiasts events including UTV Takeover and DuneFest. This new trailer will give us a lot of exposure at those events plus a vehicle to transport event tents, supplies and inventory to be sold at the events. In addition, the Portland International Auto Show is an annual event where we set up a large booth. The trailer will be used to transport everything we need to set up our booth in the convention center.”

The new Stereo King Trailer gets driver’s attention from the street… blocks away, too.

Oregon Design created and installed the wrap on the Stereo King trailer project. “Scotty Miles worked with Oregon Design to design the graphics and the project turned out very nicely,” Cornutt added.

Miles related, “Our goal was to create a wrap that was extremely eye catching and tasteful. We made sure the design spotlighted the Stereo King color scheme, while featuring our company’s brand and what we represent, well.”

A company truck is used to tow the trailer to most events. With the Portland International Auto Show a large U-Haul us used to tow the trailer and transport a large amount of inventory.

Visit stereoking.com for more.

New Autotek Off-Road Lights Bring Out More Exploration

LIBERTYVILLE, IL (05.14.2021) – ATO Round LED Lights light up every narrow mountain trail, large sand dune, and everything in between with brightness where you need it the most. With 3 sizes to choose from: including a 9-inch, 7-inch, and 5-inch light size, all of these features off-road durability and include a black cast aluminum alloy body.

Delivering HUGE lumen brightness, ranging from 3,600 (each 5-inch round LED light) to 8,000 (each 9-inch round LED light), you’ll be able to take in any corner and peak of darkness when the sun goes down on every journey.

The ATO9RV1 is a pair of 9-inch round cast aluminum alloy LED lights, outdoor-rated at 16,000 lumens. With an IPX67 marine-grade protection/IPX rating, this universal off-road pair of 9-inch round LED lights brings 180 watts (90 watts each driving light) of HUGE lumen brightness power.

Learn more about the ATO9RV1 Round LED Lights here.

Features & benefits across the entire lineup of ATO Round LED Lights:

  • COMPATIBLE VEHICLE FITMENT
  • Universal vehicle fitment
  • MARINE-GRADE PROTECTION / IPX RATING
  • IPX67
  • INSTALLATION
  • Includes DIY wiring and mounting hardware

Take on the adventure wherever it calls and embark with brighter lumens to display every journey ahead with ultimate exploration.

Visit autotekcaraudio.com for more.

Abbey Road Studios and Bowers & Wilkins Extend Partnership to Transform In-Car Audio Entertainment

LONDON, ENGLAND (05.13.2021) – Abbey Road Studios and Bowers & Wilkins today announce a new phase of their partnership, which will see the two iconic audio brands come together to explore and enhance the in-car audio experience.

Over the last five years Abbey Road Studios has been exploring future music technologies, including machine learning and spatial audio, via its music-tech innovation arm Abbey Road Red. Meanwhile, Bowers & Wilkins has been perfecting the art of bringing leading-edge loudspeaker technology to the car environment with BMW, McLaren and Volvo.

Now, the two brands are combining their expertise to bring the Studios’ unique acoustic personality to the in-car listening experience for the first time, offering unparalleled sound quality while remaining respectful to the original recording. The partnership between Abbey Road Studios and Bowers & Wilkins will elevate the sound quality and expand the acoustic environment of automotive audio systems, seeking to deliver the most believable listening experience possible.

Dan Shepherd, Director of Automotive Partnerships from Bowers & Wilkins says: “We are thrilled to work with Abbey Road Studios on our shared mission to elevate the in-car experience and bring drivers and passengers across the globe a new and exciting way to enjoy their music.”

Jeremy Huffelmann, General Manager, Abbey Road Studios says: “We are delighted to be extending the remit of our partnership with Bowers & Wilkins to co-develop our offering in the automotive sector. Through our shared passion for creative excellence and the highest quality audio, we will be exploring technologies to further the goal of creating the most accurate listening experiences possible for consumers.”

Visit www.bowerswilkins.com and www.abbeyroad.com for more.

Pioneer Expands Marine Amplifier Lineup

LOS ANGELES, CA – (05.13.2021) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. has introduced three Class-D amplifiers designed for the challenging marine environment. Consisting of two compact sized and fully ingress protected (IP67 rated) models plus an extremely flexible bridgeable 6-channel model, these new Pioneer amplifiers are designed to suit multiple output configurations in a variety of environmental conditions and marine applications. 

All three models feature an MCU (Micro Controller Unit) design, utilizing a microprocessor to enable and control the amplifier’s audio, power and protection circuits. By harnessing the power of the MCU and a 32-Bit floating point DSP that modulates the input signal prior to the gain stage, combined with an audio optimized PCB layout and specialized audio grade components, sound quality and signal accuracy are improved over conventional Class-D subwoofer and full-range amplifier designs.

The MCU also enables Pioneer’s Protection Control System (PCS), which continuously monitors the input voltage, current consumption, and operating temperature to automatically adjust the amplifier’s output to ensure operational stability during long listening sessions or in warmer climates. The entire lineup is also SAE J1171 Certified for external ignition protection of marine electrical devices, making them suitable for installation in the storage, electrical or battery compartments of marine vessels. 

“We are excited to expand our lineup of amplifiers with three models that have been engineered to withstand the extremes of temperature, moisture and dust exposure found in common marine applications while still offering the installation flexibility and high sound quality consumers expect from Pioneer,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing and corporate communications for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Additionally, the IP67 rated ingress protection, compact size, and low current consumption of the GM-ME300X1C and GM-ME300X4C make these specific amplifiers an excellent option for installation in a variety of other vehicles, including off-road vehicles, power sports vehicles and motorcycles.” 

The Pioneer marine amplifier lineup includes: 

  • GM-ME300X1C (suggested price: $370): The mono-channel GM-ME300X1C subwoofer amplifier is weatherproof and IP67 rated for dust and water resistance, capable even of full water submersion1. Adjustments to the built-in low pass filter (featuring a precise 21-step frequency range), 0dB/ 6dB/ 12dB adjustable bass boost, gain and input settings are located under the sealed top mounted and removable cover. The GM-ME300X1C output is controlled by the MCU and is capable of 300W RMS x1 at both 2 ohms and 4 ohms. 
  • GM-ME300X4C (suggested price: $370): The 4-channel GM-ME300X4C full-range amplifier is weatherproof and IP67 rated for dust and water resistance, capable even of full water submersion1. Adjustments to the built-in high pass and low pass filters (featuring a precise 21-step frequency range), bridged output settings, gain and input settings are located under the sealed top mounted and removable cover. The GM-ME300X4C output is controlled by the MCU and is capable of 75W RMS x4 at both 2 ohms and 4 ohms in 4-channel mode; 75W RMS x2 at both 2 ohms and 4 ohms plus 150W RMS x1 at 4 ohms in 3-channel stereo/bridged mode; or 150W RMS x2 at 4 ohms in 2-channel bridged mode. 
  • GM-ME600X6 (suggested price: $650): Featuring a corrosion-resistant conformal coated circuit board and single sided ABYC/NMMA compliant terminal connections, the 6-channel GM-ME600X6 full-range amplifier offers a vast array of power output and channel combinations to provide unmatched system flexibility within the Pioneer marine amplifier line-up. The MCU design features built-in high pass and low pass filters (featuring a precise 21-step frequency range), bridged output settings, gain and input selection settings for each of the three pairs of channels (six total channels). Further harnessing the full capabilities of the MCU design, it features both normal output mode (75W RMS x2 stereo at both 2 ohms and 4 ohms / 150W RMS x1 bridged at 4 ohms) or high output mode (100W RMS x2 stereo at both 2 ohms and 4 ohms / 200W RMS x1 bridged at 4 ohms) for each pair of channels, allowing the amplifier’s power output to be more closely matched with the power handling capabilities of connected speakers (sold separately). The amplifier can be configured in the following output modes: 6-channel (all channels operating in stereo mode); 5-channel (4 channels in stereo mode plus 1 bridged mode channel); 4-channel (2 channels in stereo mode plus 2 bridged mode channels); or 3-channel (3 bridged mode channels). 

The new Pioneer Electronics marine amplifiers are available now and you can find more information at pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Marine/Amplifiers

SSV Works Exhibiting at the 2021 Rally on the Rocks

MOAB, UT (05.13.2021) – SSV Works is exhibiting at the 2021 Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks from May 12-15 in San Juan County, UT. “It only makes sense, that as a market leader in off-road audio systems and accessories, that we exhibit at one of the biggest events of the year. It’s been quite a year for all of us and so many have taken to the outdoors in record numbers.” Trevor Kaplan, SSV Works CEO, stated.

The SSV Works CanAm Maverick X3 Max on a run down the Behind the Rocks Trail at Rally on the Rocks in Moab Utah.

Continuing, Kaplan offered “SSV Works offers the industry’s only weatherproof Polaris RZR Pro XP full aftermarket audio solution. The 2021 Rally on the Rocks is an ideal occasion to showcase our new and exciting audio kits to thousands of side-by-side enthusiasts.”

Rally on the Rocks is the perfect setting to showcase the latest SSV Works products to thousands of side-by-side enthusiasts.

SSV Works is also participating as a sponsor for the Rally on the Rocks Taco Dinner Night this year. “We feel we need to show our appreciation to the Powersports community for staying strong through the tough times we all have been experiencing,” Kaplan continued. “This is our way to give back to say ‘Thank you’ and offer some amazing audio prize packs for the nights’ raffle. It’s going to be a blast seeing all of our friends after so long!”

Last year SSV Works announced a collaboration with JVC in which SSV Works is now the exclusive Powersports distributor for the KD-MR1BTS marine / powersports digital media receiver. “That success has led us to add this incredible receiver to our XP1000 kits. Our customers asked for an easy plug-and-play upgrade, we listened, and now we have it and all can experience it at The Rally of the Rocks,” Kaplan concluded.

For more information, visit www.SSVWorks.com.

dB Drag Racing Is Ramping Up Competitions

AUSTIN, TX (05.12.2021) – dB Drag Racing is looking forward to great competition turnout with the extension of the 2020/2021 season. The event calendar is ramping up in the US and international locations are coming on board as restrictions are being gradually lifted. Over the past weekend, Ukraine kicked off the 2021 season at the Underhill European Music Festival. Later this month additional international events will take place at Autobarn in Australia and Deaf Bonce will host an event at Car of Bass near Moscow. The 4th Annual 3X King Kong May Day will take place on May 22 in Montgomery Alabama along with additional events in Sparks, Nevada and Sacramento, California. Competitors around the world are looking forward to getting back in the lanes again soon.

Wayne Harris gives a big thumbs up as dB Drag Racing is ramping up competitions.
The Triplefest Show in Tuscumbia, AL on April 24th drew excited competitors.

The dBDRA is pleased to announce the addition of Freestyle classes to the dB Drag Racing competition format. Freestyle classes are being introduced to provide auto sound enthusiasts with a streamlined competition experience. Unlike the traditional dB Drag Racing “Head-Head” style competition, the Freestyle class allows the competitor to compete solo in the lanes. This format is geared towards daily driver style competitors and car show enthusiasts that would like to see how loud their system is without competing against another competitor in the lanes. The Freestyle classes are anticipated to allow for more competitors to be eligible for competition with fewer installation style restrictions and the ability to appeal to crossover style competitors.

Happy trophy winners showed their hardware at J’s Alarms and Car Stereo in Fresno, CA on Friday, May 7th.
The dB Drag event on May 8th in Ukraine packed the lanes.

The 2020/2021 dBDRA World Records have been updated with several new World Records over the past few weeks. On April 24 at the Incriminator Audio Triplefest Event, Team Soundcheck Ballingers tied their old world record of 158.0 dB in Pro Stock 2K. Team Soundcheck Aaron set a new world record of 160.4 dB in Pro Stock Trunk 5K. Beau Boren set a new world record of 172.3 dB in Super Street 5+, beating his old record by 1 dB. On May 8, at the Team High Voltage event, Team Sundown Audio set a new world record of 170.3 dB in Super Street 1-2. Congrats to all competitors.

This Ukrainian dB Drag competitor came prepared for a very big number on the meter!

“Thanks to all competitors, retailers and sponsors that have continued to participate in dB Drag Racing events!”

Visit dbdrag.com for more.

Metra Electronics Shipping New TurboTouch Dash Kit for 2016-2021 Honda Civics

HOLLY HILL, FL (05.12.2021) – Metra Electronicsis now shipping a new dash kit for 2016-2021 Honda Civic models (excluding the LX). The new 99-7821B TurboTouch dash kit has a built-in 4.3-inch touchscreen and integrated electronics to retain most of the features normally lost when replacing the factory radio. The color touchscreen and hard buttons are located below the head unit and the screen shows climate and personalization settings, adding a high-tech look and feel to the dashboard. The backlit hard buttons can be customized with 250 different color options.

Metra’s newest dash kit fits either a Single-DIN or Double-DIN radio provision and makes stereo installation easier for Honda Civic upgrades. It comes with several of the items installers need to help retain safety and convenience features and is Micro “B” USB updatable. The included wiring harness and interface allow the OE Honda LaneWatch camera to keep working, ensures that the factory backup camera will work on the new screen, and retains the use of the audio control buttons on the steering wheel.

An antenna adapter is also included to allow AM/FM radio stations to work on the aftermarket radio. If the vehicle has a factory amplifier that needs to be retained, the Axxess AXSP-HN, sold separately, should be purchased. (To know whether or not this applies to the vehicle, installers can check to see if it has the factory subwoofer or center channel speakers.) The 99-7821B dash kit is painted scratch-resistant matte black to match the original look and feel of the vehicle’s dashboard and is in stock now.

A video with installation tips that also shows the touchscreen functionality can be seen above or at this link: https://youtu.be/hXlybf4OASE.

Visit MetraOnline.com for additional details and technical information.

Design Engineering Boom Mat Tape Adds Finishing Touch

AVON LAKE, OH (05.12.2021) – Add a finishing touch to any noise-blocking or sound-damping project with versatile Boom Mat Tape from Design Engineering, Inc.

Offering the same qualities as DEI’s Boom Mat damping material, multipurpose Boom Mat Tape helps reduce vehicle road-noise, sound system vibrations, rattles, dashboard plastic-to-plastic chafing and more. Use it to cover seams, fix leaks and to secure and protect cables, wires and lines.

“Boom Mat tape is for those hard-to-reach areas, as well as for covering wire and cable harnesses running on or along the sides of floorboards,” stated Mike Buca of DEI. “Cover seams and gaps on doors, floor pans, deck lids and trunk areas, to name just a few, or stick it anywhere spot coverage for vibration is needed.”

In fact, possibilities extend far beyond just vehicles, with plenty of in-home applications, such as applying Boom Mat Tape to the bottom of metal sinks to eliminate ringing, or on sump pump pipes to keep them from vibrating.

Simple to use, Boom Mat Tape requires no special tools for installation. The easy-to-cut material comfortably conforms to a variety of shapes and adheres to any metal, aluminum, fiberglass or plastic material, as well as many types of foam padding and fabrics.

Made from 2.5mm-thick butyl rubber with aluminum facing, Boom Mat Tape is offered in 2″-wide-by-20-foot black rolls (# 50215) as well as 1.5”-wide-by-20-foot silver rolls (# 50449). Simple peel-and-stick application is aided by an easy-to-remove clear release liner.

For more information about Boom Mat Tape and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit www.DesignEngineering.com.