Accele Electronics Provides a “Shock to the System”

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA (07.31.2020) – Accele Electronics has announced its newest enhancement for vehicles with OE Security systems and a great way to upgrade existing customers vehicles. Introducing the Accele RS200 Programmable Shock Sensor, an easy addition for Retailers and Expeditors to attach an accessory sale, even if it’s a Tint or Audio Customer.

“Our RS200 Shock Sensor is programmable for Negative or Positive Output, and Output Time (.5 – 6 seconds) allowing the matching of OE input trigger and time,” stated Brian Paille, National Sales Manager, Accele Electronics.

“It features an Accessory input to disable the Shock Sensor while driving and an extra port is available for enabling the easy addition of other sensors such as Glass or Microwave without any rewiring. Most new vehicles are equipped with basic security systems that lack total protection, including damage from vandalism. Many of these vehicles frequent the shops of 12 Volt Specialists or Expeditors to purchase accessories or services such as Tinting, Wrapping, Audio Upgrades, Safety Systems, Leather etc. These vehicles often leave with only the service originally requested or purchased. Our RS200 is an easy attachment sale for those vehicles with basic Factory Security systems and adds little install time to the job,” added Brian Paille.

Paille continued, “Most consumers are under a “False Sense of Security” They think because the vehicle has a “Security System” in it that they’re covered. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been visiting a client  or even when I worked in retail Myself, a customer would come in because their car got broken into all of the items inside the car had disappeared (i.e. purse, phones, radios, wallet, ETC) and the consumer would say  “I can’t believe the alarm never went off.” …This is an affordable upgrade to any consumers car that will give them more full protection. Because, what the factory puts in …only “Secures”  the car NOT the personal articles in it.”

Accele’s RS200 is available for immediate shipment, call your Accele Representative for special introductory pricing and further information.

Visit accele.com for more.

KICKER Hosts Stillwater Cars and Coffee at World HQ

STILLWATER, OK (07.30.2020) – The Stillwater Cars and Coffee took place in the KICKER World HQ parking lot on Saturday, July 25th. Local enthusiasts, with over 100 vehicles on site, enjoyed the event under a sunny sky with July Oklahoma temperature in the mid 90s.

Enthusiasts at the event in the parking lot with the KICKER World HQ building in the background.
A wide variety of vehicles were in the parking lot.

Kicker’s John Myers was instrumental in bring the event together. Myers related “It was certainly a fun day. Six or seven of us from KICKER were there and enjoyed meeting with many in the crowd.”

This mid day image shows a portion of the vehicles on site at the Cars and Coffee.
This vintage Corvette was super clean.

The event was a good old fashion car meet with cars, bikes and trucks on the lot. The monthly Stillwater Cars and Coffee event is typically a monthly event that is totally free for all to attend. A classic ’57 Chevy, classic Corvette convertible, decked out Hummer, along with a ACR Viper and hot bikes, grabbed the eyeballs of enthusiasts checking out rides on the huge parking lot by Boomer Lake.

The Studebaker brand has not been in production for decades.
Aftermarket upgrades are everywhere on this shiny Hummer.

“We passed out KICKER goodie bags with a catalog, stickers and a lanyard. There were also raffle drawings from local businesses like car detailing products” Myers added. Myers is KICKER Tech Force Senior Trainer.

Visit kicker.com for more.

AAMP Global Announces “Shop Local” Campaign

CLEARWATER, FL (07.30.2020) – Last week AAMP Global, through its family of brands Stinger, PAC, EchoMaster and Phoenix Gold, launched a new “Shop Local” campaign in support of its 12-volt dealer network across the country. In a time of economic uncertainty, especially for small business owners, AAMP wanted to utilize its collective reach of consumers, to help drive awareness of local 12-volt shops, and drive foot traffic into brick and mortar stores.

Utilizing social media, the campaign educates consumers on the benefits of trusted mobile electronics stores and encourages them that now is a great time to upgrade their existing vehicle with the technology features they’ve always wanted at a local dealer.

Director of Marketing, Lisa Gibbings, said, “We want to do whatever we can to support our dealer network during these unprecedented times. There are a lot of factors positively impacting our industry. As with the last recession, consumers are upgrading vs. buying new, we’re seeing a lot more road trips for vacations, we want to make sure we are doing everything we can for our dealers to benefit from these trends. AAMP was built on its relationships within the 12-volt industry, for 33 years they’ve contributed to our success, and we want to continue to be a strong pillar in theirs.”

The overall campaign will include advertisements for various categories (safety, radio replacement, audio upgrades, etc.), resources such as a local dealer locator, and will also highlight specific dealers each week with store information and photos.

For more information, visit the Facebook pages for Stinger, PAC, EchoMaster and Phoenix Gold.

Visit aampglobal.com for more.

New Dash Kit for 2005-2007 Dodge Dakota Now Shipping from Metra Electronics

HOLLY HILL, FL (07.30.2020) – Metra Electronics is now shipping a new radio replacement dashboard kit for 2005-2007 Dodge Dakota models. This kit is designed to fit ISO Double-DIN radio provisions and is painted a scratch-resistant matte black.

For this installation, the factory dashboard trim panel and sub-dash will have to be cut to allow the aftermarket radio to fit. A cutting template is included and the radio trim panel will cover the modification.

95-6557B Product Specifications:

  • Designed for 2005-2007 Dodge Dakota
  • ISO DDIN radio provision
  • Painted scratch-resistant matte black
  • Radio trim panel, radio brackets, retaining brackets, cut template and (4) Phillips screws are included

Additional information and installation instructions for the 95-6557B dash kit are available online at metraonline.com/part/95-6557B

Visit metraonline.com for more.

CES 2021 Moves to an All-Digital Experience

ARLINGTON, VA (07.29.2020) – The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced CES 2021 — January 6-9, 2021 — will be an all-digital experience connecting exhibitors, customers, thought leaders and media from around the world. The new format will allow participants to hear from technology innovators, see cutting-edge technologies and the latest product launches, and engage with global brands and startups from around the world.

“Amid the pandemic and growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it’s just not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “Technology helps us all work, learn and connect during the pandemic — and that innovation will also help us reimagine CES 2021 and bring together the tech community in a meaningful way. By shifting to an all-digital platform for 2021, we can deliver a unique experience that helps our exhibitors connect with existing and new audiences.”

CES 2021 will be a new immersive experience, where attendees will have a front row seat to discover and see the latest technology. This highly personalized experience will bring a global event to the comfort and safety of your home or office.

For over 50 years, CES has been the global stage for innovation. CTA’s goal for CES 2021 is to provide an engaging platform for companies large and small to launch products, build brands and form partnerships, while prioritizing health and safety. Members of the tech community thrive by coming together, sharing ideas and introducing products that will shape our future.

Mark your calendars for the first week in January and be on the lookout for more exciting news about CES 2021. We plan to return to Las Vegas for CES 2022, combining the best elements of a physical and digital show.

Thank you for your continued support. Please stay healthy and safe.

Visit CES.tech for more.

Clarion Marine Launches Premium Boat Speaker Line

MIRAMAR, FL (07.29.2020) – Clarion Marine has announced the introduction of an all-new line of premium coaxial speakers and subwoofers for marine applications. Offered in 6.5- and 7.7-inch, the new CMSP coaxial, full-range speakers and matching 10-inch subwoofers benefit from Clarion’s decades of experience in marine audio design.

“This was a clean-sheet, premium speaker line initiative, and we refused to settle for anything less than truly exceptional,” said John Zimmerman, Clarion Marine product line manager, JL Audio, Inc. “The CMSP line is a true testament to Clarion Marine’s reputation for lasting durability and value. This line is also representative of a shift in direction for brand styling, which will be seen in many more products to come. Our customers will be blown away by the value of this lineup.”

Premium Performance – Let’s Hear It

The CMSP premium marine coaxial speakers feature a bridge-mounted, edge-driven, silk dome tweeter with neodymium magnet and ferrofluid cooling for outstanding high-frequency detail. Integrated within the woofer basket, away from the elements, is a second-order, high-pass tweeter filter. With the tweeter being suspend across the woofer cone, the woofer assembly is completely sealed from the front, to eliminate a common failure point of typical coaxial speakers. This design also creates more woofer cone surface area, which translates to better efficiency and output. The injection-molded woofer cone with purpose shaped center cap and marine-grade suspension components deliver low distortion and excellent midrange response. Available in 6.5-inch with, or without optional built-in RGB LED lighting or 7.7-inch, with built-in RGB LED lighting.

The CMSP series also includes a powerful 10-inch subwoofer optimized for infinite-baffle applications, thus not requiring a dedicated enclosure behind the subwoofer. The CMSP premium marine subwoofer feature a long-excursion design capable of high power-handling, to deliver impactful low frequency response with low distortion. Available in single four-ohm or single two-ohm voice coil models, for system design versatility, with built-in RGB LED lighting.

Premium Look, Premium Materials

The CMSP series serves as an exciting evolution in Clarion Marine’s speaker design. Featuring a modern, hexa-parallel sport grille design with an elegant metallic accent, the new Clarion Marine CMSP speakers and subwoofers complement even the most luxurious boat models. All CMSP speakers come with both gunmetal and white “sport’ grilles included in the box. The CMSP subwoofer “sport” grilles are available in gunmetal or white as well (grilles sold separately). Accenting the look of the new CMSP line is the built-in LED RGB lighting capable of producing nearly any color you can think of (RGB controller sold separately).

Salt & Sun Certified

Utilizing UV-treated, durable, marine-rated materials, the new CMSP line of speakers and subwoofers are built to withstand years of use in harsh marine environments. Specifically engineered, marine grade polymers and finishes were employed for the chassis and grilles in the CMSP lineup. The design team paid close attention to critical connection points and protected them to prevent corrosion. In addition, all CMSP-series speakers feature secure, waterproof wire connectors to protect wires from water intrusion and corrosive elements, as well as help keep them from ever coming loose. All models are built to exceed industry standards for salt-fog/UV exposure (ASTM B117/D4329) and shock/vibration resistance, ensuring excellent long-term durability.

Complete CMSP Series

Clarion Marine CMSP Speakers and Subwoofers: All coaxial speaker models include both gunmetal and white “sport” grilles with built-in RGB LED lighting optional on 6-5-inch speakers and included on 7.7-inch speakers. Gunmetal and white “sport” grilles for subwoofer models are sold separately.

CMSP-651-SWG

6.5-inch premium marine coaxial speakers with 1-inch (25 mm) silk dome tweeter; 50W @ 4 ohms – MSRP: $149.99/pair

CMSP-651RGB-SWG

6.5-inch premium marine coaxial speakers with 1-inch (25 mm) silk dome tweeter and built-in RGB lighting; 50W @ 4 ohms – MSRP: $199.99/pair

CMSP-771RGB-SWG

7.7-inch premium marine coaxial speakers with 1-inch (25 mm) silk dome tweeter and built-in RGB lighting; 60W @ 4 ohms: MSRP: $239.99/pair

CMSP-101RGB-4

10-inch Premium 4-ohm single voice coil subwoofer with built-in RGB lighting; 250W @ 4 ohms: MSRP: $179.99 each

CMSP-101RGB-2

10-inch Premium 2-ohm single voice coil subwoofer with built-in RGB lighting; 250W @ 2 ohms: MSRP: $179.99 each

CMGP-101-SW

10-inch sport grille for CMSP subwoofer – white: MSRP: $24.99/each

CMGP-101-SG

10-inch sport grille for CMSP subwoofer – gunmetal: MSRP: $24.99/each

All CMSP speakers and subwoofers are backed by a 1-year limited warranty.

CMSP series speakers and subwoofers are now available for purchase by authorized Clarion Marine retailers and will be incorporated into select model year 2021 boats as standard or optional equipment.

Visit clarionmarinesystems.com for more.

DS18 Releases JK and JKU Bolt On Panels for Jeep

The wait is over. JK jeepers now have the option to get loud on a level never heard before in their Jeeps with our JK door panel pods. This complete set covers all 4 doors, includes high performance midrange speakers and high range tweeters with glowing LEDs on all four. This package includes pods, speakers, tweeters, wiring kit, and our very own LED controller to get you setup with super loud sound and great looks.

 Included are four DS18 panels designed for one 6.5 midrange and 1 tweeter per panel. The speakers we selected for this combo are come of our best sounding waterproof speakers available, the Pro-SM6.2 series which retain all the pro audio characters you would expect but also has a waterproof face so it deflects any moisture that comes in contact with it. To complete the range of frequencies we also added the Pro-TW2L tweeter that also has bright RGB LEDS inside the clear housing so you can change the tweeters colors to any mood in color scheme you can imagine.

Each panel also has a DS18 logo that also has RGB LEDS in it and are an amazing aesthetic touch to each piece. The kit also includes the amp to power everything, in this case the Atom 4 and the LED BTC (RGB LED) controller that is the brain for all the lighting in your vehicle. All the RGBS are easily controlled with our downloadable DS18 LED BTC app on apply or google app stores. We include a wiring kit that completes the setup and makes everything easily installable.

Front and Back Combo
Front Door Panel Pair
Rear Door Panel Pair

Mr. DS18 (Rob Ferro) is ecstatic to be a big part of these JK and JKU pods coming to the market. As our Promotional Manager and Jeep expert, he is fine tuned with everything Jeep and has been asked for this solution to the missing link in Jeep audio for quite some time. These panels can be bought as a combo or bought in pairs empty if you want a different selection of DS18 Speakers.

Visit DS18.com for more.

JBL Launches Cruise X Complete Audio System Solution for All-Terrain Adventures

STAMFORD, CT (07.28.2020) – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated has launched the brand new JBL Cruise X speaker and amplifier system to expand on the JBL Cruise product portfolio. JBL Cruise X is a rugged, high-performance Bluetooth streaming multi-element audio system designed to mount almost anywhere. Adding great sound to an all-terrain vehicle just got easier.

Featuring four high-performance speaker pods, a single compact four-channel amplifier and multi-function control knob, installation of JBL Cruise X is a cinch. Versatile swivel mounting brackets ensure that the speakers pods can be tuned to the ideal position for optimal listening. Built to meet the demands of all outdoor environments, Cruise X sports an IPx5 waterproof rating to withstand rain, storms and snow. Enjoy the ease of Bluetooth control from your phone or use the included wired remote control knob for added convenience while out adventuring.

“Having powerful sound makes all the difference when embarking on all-terrain adventures,” said Shawn Spedding, Director of Sales, Mobile Aftermarket at HARMAN. “We addressed motorcyclists with the original JBL Cruise, and the JBL Cruise X is the perfect expansion to address the audio needs for side-by-side vehicles.”

Availability and Pricing: The new JBL Cruise X is available now and costs $699.95.

Features and Technical Highlights:

• All-in-one Amplified Bluetooth Audio System. Great for music on-the-go.
• Wireless Bluetooth Streaming. Stream music via Bluetooth, with 38m outdoor range / 10m indoor range.
• Easy Installation. Rugged bracket design enables mounting the speakers almost anywhere, plus it swivels to ensure music can be heard from all ranges.
• Expandable Audio System. Adaptable to almost any audio system. Full-Range RCA input and output, with 12V remote output, makes it easy to add on a powered subwoofer, soundbar or another Cruise X to this one, or add to an existing audio system.
• IPx5 Marine Rated. Meets the demands of outdoor environments.
• Sealed Speaker Connectors. Deutsch style speaker connectors to provide protection for any wiring exposed to the outdoor elements.
• Convenient Controls. Wired remote control, capable of flush mount or underhung dash installation, allows Bluetooth pairing, volume control, play/pause, and track forward/back.

For additional information visit www.JBL.com and www.harman.com.

Alpine Electronics Now Shipping the KTA-200M Mono Power Pack Amplifier

AUBURN HILLS, MI (07.28.2020) - Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. is now shipping the KTA-200M Mono Power Pack Amplifier. Utilizing the compact Power Pack design, the KTA-200M mounts behind the iLX-W650 7-inch Mech-Less Audio/Video Receiver to become Alpine’s newest PowerStack product.

A Simple Way to Add Bass

In 2018, Alpine introduced the KTA-450 4-Channel Power Pack Amplifier with PowerStack and it took the industry by storm. Customers loved how easy it was to add four channels of Dynamic Peak Power (D.P.P) to their iLX-W650 without the bulk of a traditional amplifier.

Through extensive research, Alpine found that many of these customers dedicated their budget to upgrade their sound system with a subwoofer – an upgrade that provides the most audible impact – so they required an amplifier solution that provided an easy avenue to add more bass.

With the highest performance value on the market, the KTA-200M is perfect for the customer looking for a quick and easy bass upgrade. The small footprint of the KTA-200M allows the amplifier to be mounted directly to the shallow chassis of the iLX-W650 for an easy, hideaway solution that provides the customer with a clear path to add bass to their sound system.

Reliable Performance

The KTA-200M features Alpine’s exclusive Dynamic Peak Power (D.P.P.) technology that doubles in power during “dynamic” musical passages. D.P.P. adjusts the gain of the amplifier to produce 400-watts of D.P.P. power for clean and impactful bass and then rolls back to 200-watts dynamically to maintain long-term efficiency. The ratio of power to price is unmatched in the industry.

New to the Power Pack platform is the voltage adapting circuit. This circuit maintains maximum source level without clipping for powerful, clean bass even at high volumes and dynamic musical passages.

System Compatibility

The KTA-200M mounts directly behind Alpine’s iLX-W650 to create Alpine’s unique PowerStack application. The compact footprint of the amplifier (7-inch W x 1.5-inch H x 3.5-inch D) and the shallow chassis of the iLX-W650 (1.9-inch D) occupies the same depth as a traditional 2-DIN chassis, resulting in an easy, hideaway bass solution that adds more power to the sound system without taking up space.

The simple attachment to the iLX-W650 allows the mobile electronics specialist to provide a total system package for the customer that simplifies the installation process, making it a cost-effective upgrade for the customer.

The KTA-200M has input capability to add the RUX-KNOB.2 Remote Bass Control Knob (sold separately). The remote bass knob controls the bass in the subwoofer by adjusting the gain on the amplifier for quick bass adjustments when needed. 

The KTA-200M is now shipping for $249.95 and will be available at Alpine Authorized retailers or online at http://www.alpine-usa.com through Crutchfield. Installation options can be found on the Alpine-USA website through the store locator.

Tech specs:

7” x 1.5” x 3.5”
Alpine’s Class D Amplifier Circuit w/ Dynamic Peak Power (DPP) 
200W x 1 RMS (4Ω, 14.4V, ≤1% THD+N) 
200W x 1 RMS (2Ω, 14.4V, ≤1% THD+N) 
400W x 1 DPP (4Ω/2Ω, 14.4V, ≤1% THD+N) 
S/N >80dB (ref. 1W into 4Ω) 
THD+N ≤0.1% (ref. 10W into 2Ω) 
Single-side 22-pin connector 
RCA inputs (Low range=0.2-4V) 
Sound controls; Crossovers-Off/60Hz/80Hz/120Hz Linkwitz Riley LP Filter @ -24dB/Oct. (selectable); Input gain setting (variable) 

Visit alpine-usa.com for more.

11,000 Fresh Industry News Posts on Instagram @12voltnews

THE 12VOLT CENTRAL STUDIOS (07.28.2020) – Post number 11,000 on Instagram @12voltnews is another milestone as the 12volt News and 12volt Central Studios work to deliver fresh, positive news to the 12volt industry across the US and around the world.

Let’s MAX your time on the road or from your home office. Use the 12volt STP Tool. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDKd2lOgm_O/

The world today is certainly different that it was in February of 1994 when the first issue of the 12volt Advertiser was mailed to a couple thousand retailers across the southern states.

Josh Bowen snapped and sent this image this afternoon, Monday July 27th, as the Kenwood HEAR ME OUT webinar wrapped from his Panama City FL home office.  https://www.instagram.com/p/CDKavrdgSAL/

Showcasing fresh, positive industry news is more important today than ever. The tools, like the 12volt STP Tool, that are available today make delivering that fresh, positive news a reality.

Sony’s Mike Rundel made a quick run to see Jim JD Daniels at WOW Electronics in Eastpointe MI on Monday morning, July 27th. Rundel used the 12volt Tool… and Presto! https://www.instagram.com/p/CDJuzIsgdhT/

The STP Tool. Snap/Txt/Presto. An industry member Snaps an image and then Txts the image to 318 465 0844. Presto that image, and a little info, can posted as fresh industry on Instagram and Facebook @12voltnews.

This post, made late this Monday afternoon, is a quick presentation showcasing the 24th Annual Sanford Sound Show ‘N Shine. Jack and the Team certainly got their ‘Shine On’ for over 400 that attended the event on Sunday, July 26 in Sanford ME.  https://www.instagram.com/p/CDKbAYEAOKN/

The 12volt industry had a good first half of 2020. The 12volt industry has been Jammin’ N July with super strong sales. Let’s keep ‘Our Shine On’ with fresh, positive news posts.

Always more on the web at 12voltnews.com and instagram.com/12voltnews