DS18 Select Amps Are NEW for 2020

MIAMI GARDENS, FL (03.16.2020) – Now introducing the successor to the DS18 SLC (select) line of amps, the S series Select. These amps come in a both brushed aluminum silver and red to bring out better aesthetic colors and come in a more compact size but have all new beefy internals. DS18 has many models to fit whatever the power requirement is for the enthusiast.

Every amp is available in either brushed silver or red and all come with very secure key terminals to ensure the tightest fitment and security. The Select Amps also have adjustable crossovers so users can adjust the frequency ranges to play all ranges of subs, mid range, and highs.

DS18 built in a clip indicator so when users are tuning the amp they know the exact threshold of distortion and can maximize and tune for the best sound possible.

The new Select Amp line up consists of the S-1500.1- A class A+B amplifier and has an output of 220w@4ohms and 350w@2ohms. MSRP- 149.95

S-1600.2- Full range class A+B S-1600.2 which puts out 90w x2 @4 ohms and 130×2 @ 2ohms. MSRP- 124.95

S-2500.1d- This class D Monoblock is has a rating of 350w @ 4ohms, 600w @ 2ohms, and 900w @ 1 ohm. MSRP-179.95

S-3000.4D- Class D 4 channel amp that puts out 190×4@4ohms, 295×4@2ohms, and 544×2@4 ohms bridged. MSRP- 199.95

S-1800.4- A full range class A+B 4 channel amplifier that puts out 100×4 w @4ohms, 150w x 4@2 ohms, and 280 w X @ 4 ohms bridged. MSRP-179.95

Visit DS18.com for more.

Coronavirus Curveball

SHREVEPORT, LA (03.16.2020) – A National Emergency has been declared. The Coronavirus has thrown the entire world a huge curveball. The 12Volt World is not immune.

Custom Audio, Erie PA, made this informative post to provide health tips for followers and consumers.

Over the past several days it seems every hour some startling news appears. Cruise lines have docked ships for 2 months. Apple Stores and Nike Stores are closing for 2 weeks. Nationwide over 42,000 schools are closed for 2 weeks and more. Images and videos of empty store shelves fill screens at home and for those on the go.

Team Nutz gave followers another reason to come into their Pittsburgh store…to check out the JL Audio DSP demo.

Distributor shows have traditionally kicked off the spring car audio season. The updated 12volt News Distributor Calendar shows the Woofer Electronics and DAS events have been cancelled. The Mid-State Distributing Show in Chicago and CMA Expo in Toronto have been postponed. Additionally, other shows on the schedule may see changes.

The Knowledgefest 2020 event in Indianapolis has been rescheduled to July 10-12.

This post by PCH in Wilmington CA will open the eyes of followers and consumers.

Companies across the 12volt industry are leaning to restricting employee travel and encouraging, where possible, that staff members work from home. Even outdoor events like the Mud Nationals, scheduled to begin on March 18th in rural Arkansas, have been canceled.

Through all of this companies across the 12volt industry must make every effort to keep the doors open and do business. Companies across the 12volt industry must be make every effort to be proactive. Social media posts can engage followers with attention grabbing images, new products and special offers. Following up with prospects and previous customers can create store traffic and business. With the marine season set to begin, that category offers opportunities along with the hot UTV market. Window Tint and vehicle wrap seasons are set to begin also.

Let’s MARCH ON as an industry!!

MECA Commish Steve Stern related “We are having shows unless mandated by local, state of federal government. Most of our shows are under 100 and outside, for better social distancing, so we should be OK. Obviously people who are sick should not attend. Anyone showing flu-like symptoms will be asked to leave and their vehicle will not be judged.”

As an industry, we must not go into a shell and wait for this National Emergency to blow over. At the 12volt Central Studios we plan to redouble our efforts to make posts highlighting positive activity across the 12volt industry. During a call with Tom Broomall at Audio Jam on Friday March 13th he commented on a $6,000. marine job in the works. During an additional conversation on Friday, with John Schellsmidt at Audio Depot in Arlington TX, he stated store traffic was normal.

Rene Rodriquez and the Team at Intense Audio 1 in OKC OK were working on jobs in the install bay until 11:30 Saturday night March 14th. Ed Nutall, Team Nutz in Pittsburg, made social media posts to show followers his new DSP demo setup on the showroom display board. Sam Benitez at PCH Custom Audio in Wilmington CA showed a smiling customer with the new Lambo doors on his Camaro. Lots of hot UTV posts too.

“As an industry let’s all work, and redouble our efforts, to ‘Get Our Shine On.’ We look forward to showcasing your efforts” Mike Van Horn.

Expectations to be Exceeded in Michigan by The Progressive Group

LONG BEACH, CA (03.16.2020) – KENWOOD USA announced it has hired The Progressive Group to represent its products to retailers in the Michigan market.  The previous representation for Michigan came from Tim Hill of Pinnacle Sales, of whom was recently hired by KENWOOD as their Midwest Region Sales Manager.

“We are honored with the opportunity to work with The Progressive Group in the Michigan market,” said Hill.  “Their proven success of market leadership and support to their customers is highly valued and recognized, and we know that this will only be further enhanced by their new presence.” 

The Progressive Group brings a wealth of industry experience, providing representation for brands across 28 states by their 42 employees. They will now task 7 of their field sales reps with servicing and supporting their newly appointed Michigan dealer base for KENWOOD.  The company also carries an impressive presence throughout the nation, touting 6 warehouses and being under the umbrella of their 2.3 Billion Dollar parent company, Patrick Industries.

“We have been selling KENWOOD via our R&D Distribution company for the past 5 years, so becoming the reps will be a natural transition for our team as well as our customers,” said David Russell, Director of The Progressive Group. “We share KENWOOD’s vison of creating experiences that exceed expectations and look forward to further developing our relationships with dealers in the Michigan market.”  

 “We needed to ensure our dealers received uninterrupted service in the territory with the same level of support that they are accustomed to,” said Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales & Marketing.  The Progressive Group was the perfect choice.”

Visit kenwood.com/usa/car for more.

DAS Consumer Electronics Dealer Show & Sale Cancels April Dates

PALMYRA, PA (03.16.2020) – DAS Companies, Inc., a full-service marketing and supply chain portfolio company announced a cancellation to the April Trade Show dates.

DAS, as a Stewardship company, takes seriously its obligations to its associates, partners, and customers. The COVID-19 coronavirus has caused significant disruption to many US businesses. Further, it has caused significant concerns over travel and large group gatherings.

With this in mind, DAS has determined to cancel the April show dates for the annual DAS Consumer Electronics Show & Sale. We are working with the venue to determine the feasibility of moving the show to a future date. We are also working closely with our vendors, partners, dealers and customers on innovative ways to deliver the show content and communication while we work with the venue.

“We regret the necessity of canceling the April show dates but are committed to the safety and good health of our associates and partners,” said Rex Berfield, National Sales Manager, DAS Companies, Inc.

Visit www.DASinc.com for more.

The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Is Rolling In 2020…Audio Jam Wins

SHREVEPORT LA (03.07.20)  WTF…Win This Friday. The 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel was created to bring an element of fun to the 12volt industry. Just over 4 months ago we celebrated the first anniversary of the weekly 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

The latest 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel winner is Audio Jam. The Wheel landed on the Power Acoustik space and a Power Acoustik multimedia receiver will be headed their way.

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Spinning out a new winner each Friday, a 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, SiriusXM, Cadence, PowerBass, Sony, CRUX, DS18, SoundStream, AIS, Precision Power, JBL, Power Acoustik, Farenheit, Wilson Electronics and Image Dynamics. 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 and Earmark Car Audio and Marine in Louisville TX. Congratulations to all.

This WeBoost Wilson Vehicle Cell Signal Booster, a $399. value, is one of the prizes up for grabs on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

WTF….Where’s The Fun. On the next spin of the 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel Friday, March 20th.
Want to enter for future spins? It’s easy – when making an Instagram post for your store include the hashtag #12voltspin to make sure your company has a slip in the jar. There are over 1100 #12voltspin posts on Instagram.  

With 18 chances to WIN, the 12Volt Spin-To-Win Wheel is ready to shower a lucky weekly winner with one of the cool prizes.

Stay tuned to 12voltnews.com on the web and @12voltnews on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for 12volt Spin-To-Win winner announcements every Friday!

JL Audio and Mobile Solutions Tacos and Tunes Training Evening

TEMPE, AZ (03.13.2020) – JL Audio collaborated with Mobile Solutions and their Master Tech OEM Integration class on Friday evening, March 6th. JL Audio sponsored Bryan Schmitt’s class by providing a dinner for attendees. While everyone enjoyed Tacos from a local food truck and Rob Haynes, Technical Trainer with JL Audio, provided an educational training to support the OEM integration class Schmitt and the team at Mobile Solutions provided earlier in the day.

The meeting room was packed for the Rob Haynes JL Audio presentation at the Homewood Suites.

“The meeting room at the Homewood Suites was packed. Everyone in the audience was really tuned. It was a long day for them with the session at Mobile Solutions earlier in the day but all wanted to learn and were very engaged” Haynes stated.

Demo cars drew attention in the parking lot as all enjoyed tacos.

Bryatt Fischer, JL Audio Marketing Director, related “The turnout for the evening event was really good. Jon Ash-Pacific Coast Marketing, JLAudio’s AZ/NM/Las Vegas representative, did an amazing job of pounding the pavement and getting the word out about this great gathering to educate and demonstrate some of the products JL Audio offers.”

JL Audio’s Bryatt Fischer and Rob Haynes (R) flank Mobile Solutions’ Bryan Schmitt after the training session.

JL Audio also had several team members, from the Phoenix office, demonstration vehicles on hand; most featuring JL Audio’s premier C7 component drivers for active systems and VXi amplifiers with integrated DSP. Darrell Chapman (Director of Operations-Phoenix), George Babers (Logistics Manager-Phoenix) and Dan Borzone (Electrical Engineer) were onsite with their personal vehicles to show all “How We Play.”

The evening training session and dinner, at the Homewood Suites, was open for all local dealers to attend.

When: Friday, March 6th starting at 6 pm

Where: Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area2104 E Rio Salado ParkwayTempe, AZ 85281, US hilton.com/en/hotels/phxtuhw-homewood-suites-phoenix-tempe-asu-area/

What: FREE food from a local Taco Truck and outdoor dining during Arizona’s best weather of the year. Experience a fleet of demo vehicles with JL Audio’s premier C7 and VXi products withJL Audio’s Technical Trainer, Rob Haynes, providing an educational training,

Visit jlaudio.com and mobilesolutions-usa.com for more.

BOSS Audio Phantom Skull Speakers Now Shipping

OXNARD, CA (03.13.2020) – BOSS Audio Systems is proud to announce its new Phantom Skull speakers are now available. The SK653B 6.5-inch 3-way full range 350 watt (Max) speaker retails for $29.99 (per pair), and the SK693 6×9-inch 3-way full range 600 watt (Max) speaker retails for $49.99 (per pair).

“The new Phantom Series speakers showcase BOSS Audio Systems’ innovation, creativity, and commitment to the 12 Volt market,” said Doug Kern, BOSS Audio VP of Sales & Marketing. “Affordable yet powerful with great sound quality, both the SK653B and the SK693 look as great as they perform.”

Additional features and specifications of the SK653B include:
• 350/175 Watts (Max/RMS) power handling (per pair)
• 65 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
• 90dB Sensitivity
• Poly injection woofer cone
• Rubber surround
• 1 Tweeter & 1 inch Polyimide Cone Midrange Per Speaker
• Illuminated red eyes pulse to the music

Additional features and specifications of the SK693 include:
• 600/300 Watts (Max/RMS) power handling (per pair)
• 45 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
• 92dB sensitivity
• Poly injection woofer cone
• Rubber surround
• 1 Tweeter & 1 inch Polyimide Cone Midrange Per Speaker
• Illuminated red eyes pulse to the music

Visit www.bossaudio.com for more.

Cadence 12Volt Spin-to-Win Wheel Prize to Extreme Performance Audio

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA (03.13.2020) – Cadence partnered with The 12 Volt News, a second time in February, to giveaway a pair of QR652c2 Speakers to a 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel winner. The winner was announced via Instagram and it was Extreme Performance Audio in Fresno, CA. JR Garcia was the lucky winner.

“Cadence enjoys partnering with companies like 12 Volt News which gives us the opportunity to get involved with more car audio lovers and dealers like Extreme Performance Audio. We cannot wait to see what kind of car these speakers are installed in” Cadence Marketing Specialist Olivia Tedesco stated.

Click here to visit the product page.

Dealer and Representative inquiries are welcome. Visit Cadence on the web or call 626-465-3383.

Make sure to visit the new and improved Cadence website: CadenceSound.com.

All Roads in the Northeast Led to the GoFast Solutions Mobile Expo

SPRINGFIELD, MA (03.12.2020) – The GoFast Solutions Mobile Expo 2020 filled the MASSMutual Center in Springfield MA Wednesday, March 11th. Over 30 dozen top 12volt and aftermarket automotive brands showed their latest products. In addition, there were six time slots through the day for product and training sessions. Each time slot featured 4 separate vendor sessions in meeting rooms adjacent to the Expo exhibit hall.

After a very busy morning in product and training sessions, plus time on the Expo floor, all settled in for lunch and roundtable discussion.

Spring is right around the corner and time for car audio, cycle, marine and power sports seasons. The feeling on the event floor was the GoFast Solutions Mobile Expo 2020 was a terrific event that helped dealers prepare for the Spring selling season.

Brands exhibiting at the Go Fast Solutions Expo included Kenwood, Metra, Kicker, Escort, Firstech, ADS, Alpine, HushMat, Oracle, Sony, SounDigital, Memphis Audio, Triton, VAIS Technology, BrandMotion, DS18, Diamond Audio, SolarGard, Dual, PUTCO, SiriusXM, VOXX, Omega, Crimestopper, Rydeen, Audio Control and Race Sport Lighting, Kleinn Air Horns, Waylens, Rockford Fosgate and Fortin.

The Alpine training session at 10AM was full as all took the ‘Journey to Alpine Sound’ with Colette Beaudoin and Colin Vargo.

Paul Trueman, SiriusXM, relayed to the 12volt News “SiriusXM showed off the new SiriusXM Tour which is the first aftermarket unit to use 360L combining our satellite, streaming and Pandora service. It really grabbed attention in the booth.”

Kicker’s John Meyers stated “The GoFast event was great for all New England dealers. There were a lot of vendors showing a myriad of automotive accessories with awesome training seminars and factory representatives to answer dealer’s questions and see new products and technology. Matt Matheson spent time demoing the Kicker Ram to dealers while Matt Herald, Trent Partners, worked with dealers in the booth. It was a great time for all.”

Maria Zambrano checks out the latest in the Kenwood line from Matt Herald-Trent Partners the area Kenwood Rep Firm. Maria and Juan Zambrano, from Voltz Auto Truck in Bridgeport CT, drove the 80 miles to attend the GoFast Solutions Expo in Springfield.

Matt Herald, Trent Partners area representative, stated to 12volt News “We had 8 brands exhibiting at the event… ADS, Audio Control, Kenwood, Kicker, Kleinn Air Horns, Race Sport Lighting, Rydeen Mobile and Diamond Audio. Each company saw very good action in their booths. Kleinn Air Horns really raised eyebrows along with the bike in the Diamond Audio booth.”

DS18 is a new line that recently arrived in the GoFast Solutions warehouse. Ferro stated “Jason and I showed everyone that at DS18 “We Like It Loud!”

This super installation showed all that… at DS18 “We Like It Loud!”

Seth Halstead hosted a strong Kenwood session. “I had a phenomenal turnout and training. The interaction and 1-on-1 time with the dealers in the booth was excellent” Halstead related.

Rydeen Mobile’s Phil Maeda stated “The GoFast Expo was an excellent event. There was a lot of interest in blindspot safety. Both our BSS2x and BSS2LPB got a lot of attention from dealers. The event layout and training session facilities were excellent.”

Ignacio Ayala worked the Race Sport Lighting booth and conducted a training session. “The show was busy right off the bat. We had great attendance at the training and dealers were asking questions and expressing interest in the lighting. Overall a great show and we look forward to the next one”.

Jack Bogard, Sanford Sound in Sanford ME, made the 175 mile drive to Springfield to attend the GoFast Expo. Bogard relayed “The show was well attended and the manufacturers all held some very informative classes. Seems Apple CarPlay and Android Auto was the big talk. I also learned a lot about marine and off-road vehicles. Attending the event was very good for my store.”

Click here to browse Instagram posts from the event via #12VNN_GoFast

The GoFast Solutions Mobile Expo 2020 was terrific by all accounts. Hat’s off to the GoFast Team, dealers and participating vendor partners.

A big 12volt News thank you to all those who contributed to this article.

NAV-TV Partners with Kaba Ilco Corp to Bring In-House Automotive Locksmith and Remote Control Programming Capabilities to 12 Volt Specialty Retailers

CORAL SPRINGS, FL (03.12.2020) – NAV-TV Corp., a leading innovator and manufacturer of OEM integration and safety products for the automotive aftermarket, and Kaba Ilco Corp., the largest US-based manufacturer of key blanks and remote transponders for the automotive aftermarket, announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership.  

Under the partnership, authorized NAV-TV dealers will have access to the complete line of Kaba Ilco automotive Futura key cutting and duplicating machinesKeyfob programming unitsKey Blanks, and Look-Alike Remotes, enabling US-based 12 Volt Retailers with the ability to cut, program and clone automotive key fobs and remote controls.

“This opportunity opens up a completely new category for 12-volt retailers” stated NAV-TV Account Executive, Richard Flynn. “Not only does this provide NAV-TV dealers with a new profit center, but it will help to drive customers into their stores that would otherwise not be exposed to what our industry has to offer.”

Ilco and NAV-TV have been running test markets with select NAV-TV dealers since December 2019. Vik Moolchandani, General Manager of Long Island, NY based Avenue Sound, stated, “We brought the Ilco system into our Patchogue location in December of last year and have had tremendous success with the product. We are seeing attachment sales of the key fobs to existing customer tickets, as well as increased foot traffic as a direct result of the category. The key fob programming and key cutting services have opened up a new, high-profit revue stream for us and we will be adding an additional Ilco system at our Freeport location soon.”

Setup and product training is provided at no additional charge and attractive equipment financing and lease options are available. For dealers that may have an existing key cutting machine and/or key fob programmers, the Ilco key blanks and look-alike remotes may be ordered a-la-cart. According to Ilco, their products are not affected by the coronavirus parts availability shortage, and their products may be directly substituted for competing products that may be in limited availability.

 “Our new partnership with NAV-TV has not only opened our eyes to a brand new channel, but has provided exposure to a new information stream that will no doubt help us in the development of new products”, stated Kaba Ilco Account Manager, Jeff Brown. “We are excited and look forward to the future of our partnership.”

NAV-TV representative Phil Chartier and Ilco’s Jeff Brown will be visiting NAV-TV dealers with the Ilco demonstration van throughout the New England and New York area during late April and early May, with additional territories to be announced shortly. To schedule a free product demonstration at your facility, please email Phil at 12voltphil@gmail.com for an appointment.  

For more information on Kaba Ilco products, or NAV-TV’s existing line of over 950 other integration and safety products, please contact your NAV-TV sales representative at (866) 477-3336  (USA and Canada toll free) or (561) 955-9770 (International), or email our sales staff at sales@navtv.com