SiriusXM RoadyBT and Road DogBT Debuted at CES 2022

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.13.22) – SiriusXM highlighted new products in the VOXX Electronics Central Hall booth at CES 2022. Paul Trueman, Sr. Director, Retail Sales worked the booth throughout CES 2022 that was shortened to 3 Days.

The VOXX Electronics booth in the Central Hall showcased the 12volt brands under the corporate umbrella.

“I was very excited about the new SiriusXM introductions. Here is why I’m excited about the RoadyBT and Road Dog BT. From an installation side there are three features that makes the process a much better experience. First the chipset and connections have been relocated to the CLP which leaves one cable to the display instead of three, this alone makes for a much cleaner installation. The Second feature is the new magnetic mounting solution which allows for more options when installing, including the ability to sell other well know magnetic mounts. The Third is in the BT name, this unit has the option to connect to the customers radio the usual ways (FM and Aux), but now has Bluetooth which again makes for a much cleaner installation.”

Paul Trueman in the SiriusXM portion of the VOXX booth during setup.
The new SiriusXM Roady BT mounted in the display on the show floor.

In the VOXX Electronics booth the new SiriusXM units were spotlighted in freestanding displays.

Continuing Trueman offered “We will also be launching a version called “Road Dog BT” for the retail truck channel. The Road Dog BT includes an antenna mount designed to work with most truck mirrors…more details to come on that.

The new SiriusXM Road Dog BT was spotlighted in a freestanding display.

Concluding “Also the launch of our updated consumer rebate. We are continuing the 3 months free of our best package with purchase of any new aftermarket radio. However we have added the option of selecting one year of our best package for only $99 (which can be paid monthly). For customer purchasing the SXV300V1 they can still take advantage of the $70 rebate which when combined with the subscription offer makes it a “No Brainer” to recommend SXM on the sales floor.”

Visit siriusxm.com for more.

Saddle Tramp Ships New Audio Installation Products Designed to Fit Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

HOLLY HILL, FL (01.13.22) – Saddle Tramp by Metra Electronics has new radio installation kits, digital signal processors, smart brake light flashers, a new and improved handlebar audio control retention interface, accessory harnesses, and an amp wiring kit, in stock now and shipping. All of these new products are designed to fit select Harley-Davidson motorcycle models for easy installation, giving owners better options for audio system upgrades and customizations. These new products were first shown at the 2021 SEMA Show and will also be on display at the AIMExpo in the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 19th to 21st.

Radio Installation Kits
Saddle Tramp’s new radio installation kits include an interface with a water-resistant enclosure, wiring harness, and an antenna adapter to make replacing the factory radio easy. The interface retains the use of the factory handlebar audio controls and other features, depending on the kit. The BC-HDR-K1 is for an ISO Double-DIN radio that has an “L” shaped chassis design with the chassis at the top, and the BC-HDR-K3 is for a Single-DIN radio. Both kits are designed to fit non-amplified 2014-up* Harley-Davidson Street Glide, Electra Glide, Ultra, Limited, and 2015-up* Road Glide models. Saddle Tramp’s new Police Edition kits are designed to fit 2014-up* Harley-Davidson Electra Glide FLHTP models with the police package. The BC-HDR-K4 is for an ISO Single-DIN radio and the BC-HDR-K2 is for an “L” shaped Double-DIN or modular radio with the chassis mounted at the top. Both of the kits designed for Single-DIN radios include an LCD screen to display the oil pressure and EITMS status.

Digital Signal Processors with Built-in Interface
Saddle Tramp’s new patented DSPs are designed for easy integration with aftermarket or factory systems for an enhanced sound system with full tuning control. The BC-DSPL-HD1 fits 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson FLH and FLT motorcycles with plug-n-play harnessing. The BC-DSPL-HD2 fits 2014-up* Harley-Davidson Street Glide, Electra Glide, Ultra, Limited, and 2015-up* Road Glide models. The BC-DSPL-HD2’s key benefit is its advanced integration technology reflashes a non-amplified radio for a flat response curve, without the need for external equipment. This reduces the cost, saves time, and allows installers to provide better service with complete control over the upgrade. Both DSPs provide six channels of output and a fifteen-band graphic EQ per channel with a selectable slope. Installers can adjust and control the sound system specifically for the acoustics of the motorcycle and the driver’s personal audio preferences. All tuning is done wirelessly via a smart app for tablets or phones and can be password-protected once set up.

BC-DSPL-HD1 and BC-DSPL-HD2 Product Specifications
● 6 channels of output from the DSP
● 15-band graphic EQ per channel with a selectable slope (12, 24, 36, or 48db per octave)
● Built-in selectable crossover per channel (high, low & band) to achieve the perfect sound
● Independent equalization for front, rear, and subwoofer
● Time delay circuit per channel (front and rear channels can be delayed independently up to 10ms)
● Tuning setup and wireless control via a smart device application (tablet or mobile phone)
● Read, write, and store configurations for future recall
● Optional password protection feature for tuning control via the mobile app
● Small footprint for easy installation behind the fairing
● Pre-wired harness for easy amplifier installation
● Retains balance and fade control
● Built-in clipping detection and limiting circuits
● Bass knob included
● Water-resistant case & connections
● Micro-B USB updatable
● U.S. Patent 9,875,078

BC-DSPL-HD2 Features:
● Integration technology to reflash the factory radio
● Creates a flat response curve without the need for external equipment

Smart Brake Light Flashers
Saddle Tramp has three new smart brake light flashers for drivers looking for better visibility by adding a strobing or flashing brake light effect. A rotary switch on the control box has selectable options for ten different patterns, such as a slow flash and then solid light, or constant strobe. This plug-n-play flasher is easy to install and is designed specifically for the original factory rear brake lights, and is not compatible with rear bullet-style brake/turn signal lights. The BC-HDSSF1 fits 2014-up* Harley-Davidson Street Glide, Road Glide, and Road King Touring models, the BC-HDSSF2 fits 1996-2013 Electra Glide, Ultra Classic/Limited, Road King/Classic, and Road Glide Standard/Ultra/Custom Touring models, and the BC-HDSSF3 fits 2010-2013 Street Glide and Road Glide Touring models.
BC-HDSSF1/2/3 Product Specifications
● Add a flashing or strobe light effect to brake lights
● 84 watts/7-amp selectable strobe light
● 10 selectable patterns for LED lights
● Works with original factory LED or incandescent rear brake lights
● Plug-n-play installation

Handlebar Audio Control Retention Interface
Saddle Tramp’s new and improved BC-HDSWC-WR interface retains the use of the factory handlebar audio controls when replacing the radio. It is designed to fit 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson FLH and FLT models with a fairing, without the factory amplifier, and with two speaker systems. It uses patented Auto-Detect technology that configures itself for the specific motorcycle application and connected aftermarket radio. It now includes a water-resistant case and comes with a plug-n-play harness for easy installation. This interface also provides wires for speakers, constant power, switched power and ground.

Accessory Harnesses
Saddle Tramp continues to make wiring aftermarket audio systems even easier with plug-n-play connections designed to fit Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Their latest accessories include the BC-9711 rear speaker retention harness for 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson FLH and FLT models, complete with pre-terminated Molex™ terminals and oxygen-free copper wiring. The BC-9717 is a plug-n-play rear speaker bypass harness used for splitting the inputs and outputs when installing aftermarket amplifiers in 2014-up* Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited models. For adding aftermarket 12volt accessories to a power source, the BC-9719 is a battery accessory Y harness with OE connectors designed to fit 2004-2013 Harley-Davidson Touring FLH/FLT models and 2014-up* Touring and Trike models with Stage II Boom!™ Audio packages.

Amp Wiring Kit
Saddle Tramp’s new BC-9703 is an amplifier wiring kit designed to fit 2014-up* Harley-Davidson FLH and FLT models. It is used for installing single or dual amplifiers in the front fairing with a quick disconnect for each amplifier. It is constructed with oxygen-free copper for the best possible conductivity and audio performance and includes 8-gauge 5.5-foot power and ground wires, a 60-amp mini ANL fuse and holder, an ignition T-harness for amplifier turn-on, and an over mold split to two 10-gauge power and ground wires.

All of these new motorcycle products are in stock now, with additional details and wiring diagrams available at MetraOnline.com. AIMExpo attendees can see them in person at booth 2005 from January 19th to 21st at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Metra Electronics will also be participating in the Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties Spring NVP Expo from January 29th to 30th at the Kentucky International Convention Center to showcase their latest Saddle Tramp products. A special training session covering these new products will also be hosted at KnowledgeFest at the South Point Hotel & Casino Convention Center in Las Vegas from February 18th to 20th.

*See MetraOnline.com for up-to-date, vehicle specific information.

CRUX Features 2 New GM Interfaces

CHATSWORTH, CA (01.13.22) – The CRUX SWRGM-49R & SWRGM-49S are Radio Replacement interfaces for select General Motors vehicles 2019 – Up that are equipped with a 56 pin connector for the head unit.

It facilitates the integration of an after-market radio to retain factory features in GM IOR IOS, IOT, or IOU bus vehicles. This enhanced interface is also pre-programmed for the retention of steering wheel controls and the factory back up camera if equipped.

Key Features:
– Retains chime functions.
– Pre-programmed to retain factory Steering Wheel Controls
– RAP (Retained Accessory Power).
– Provides illumination, parking brake, reverse, and speed sense outputs.
– Made for non-amplified vehicles or vehicles that will have their amps bypassed

Note:

– Does not retain Bose amplifier.
– Does not retain OnStar.

Visit cruxinterfacing.com for more.

MasterTech Expo Doubles Exhibit Space

TEMPE, AZ (01.12.22) – Mobile Solutions announced it is going beyond its planned exhibit floor space at the Mesa Convention Center to accommodate increasing interest in its first annual MasterTech Expo, scheduled March 6-9 in Mesa, Ariz. An adjacent outdoor expanse will essentially double the exhibit area, providing attendees access to more vendors and new product experiences.

The outdoor portion of the venue makes room for more than 25 additional demo vehicles as well as large-scale product showcases and demonstration areas. The space will be closed to the public and engage attendees with new hands-on, visual and audible experiences in a spacious, uncrowded environment.

The outdoor expansion adds to an overall exhibit floor with several high-value attractions. Twenty-four well-spaced vendor booths will feature special demonstrations of product applications. The stage will spotlight the Rockford Fosgate-sponsored MasterTech Expo Build-Off and its accompanying awards presentation with featured speakers, plus a technical drawing session with celebrity vehicle designer Dave Kindig. And the in-hall dining space will cater a complimentary buffet for attendees daily.

“When we first envisioned MasterTech Expo, our priority was always to create the highest possible value for attendees,” said Bryan Schmitt, president of Mobile Solutions. “Our attendance numbers show that our message has resonated with the industry. And equally important, the need to expand our exhibit space shows our message has resonated with automotive aftermarket brands as well. We look forward to welcoming attendees this March to our first of many shows.”

For more information, or to register for MasterTech Expo, visit mastertechexpo.com.

Alpine Electronics Introduces Alpine Halo Preloaded Truck Subwoofer Enclosures

AUBURN HILLS, MI (01.12.22) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. introduces two new Dual 8” Alpine Halo Preloaded Truck Subwoofer Enclosures with ProLink. The enclosures come preloaded with Alpine’s 8” S-Series (S-DB8V-TRK) and R2-Series (R2-DB8V-TRK) subwoofers and feature an adjustable linking design.

“The compact and flexible design of our new Truck Enclosures give us a competitive edge when it comes to adding enhanced bass performance to the unique environment of the truck,” said Mike Anderson, Vice President and General Manager, Brand Business Unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.

Designed for Trucks
From towing to travel, customers rely on their trucks to get them to their destination. Now they can have an equally reliable subwoofer enclosure that will enhance the driving experience without compromising valuable cabin space.

The Truck Subwoofer Enclosures were intentionally designed for the space underneath the backseat. Two 8” subwoofers are preloaded into a compact enclosure for under-the-seat installation and linked with a ProLink™ bracket that can adjust from 50”-40” to fit most full-size truck applications as well as select Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator applications. Height-adjustable “feet” accommodate uneven truck floors for a secure install.

Centered on the enclosures is an integrated amplifier mount tray that’s optimized for Alpine’s mono power amplifiers. This convenient design ensures that the entire system can be installed underneath the seat.

High-Performance Subwoofers
Each enclosure comes preloaded with high-performance subwoofers that are tuned for the unique cabin environment of the truck and add deep, accurate bass to the sound system. The ported enclosures house 8” S-Series (S-DB8V-TRK) or R2-Series (R2-DB8V-TRK) subwoofers that provide options in both power and price. The 600W RMS S-DB8V-TRK was designed for optimum performance at an approachable price while the 750W RMS R2-DB8V-TRK features deeper, more authoritative bass that can be played at higher volumes.

The enclosures were designed with dual voice coil drivers, wired in parallel for a 2Ω load to take the guesswork out of choosing an amplifier that’s compatible in power rating.

Groundbreaking Alpine Halo Design
The new Truck Subwoofer Enclosures join the Alpine Halo Family with a premium, unmistakable design. The enclosure pulls design cues from the Alpine Halo Display with unique, curved edges outlined by a silver trim and a front link bracket cover with an Alpine logo badge. The enclosures are built with sturdy, 5/8” MDF construction covered in a premium black carpet that will provide a premium look in the truck.

The R2-DB8V-TRK and S-DB8V-TRK will ship in January 2022 at a MAP of $799.95 and $699.95 respectively and will be available at Alpine Authorized retailers and at Preferred Online Stores. Installation options can be found on the Alpine-USA website through the store locator.

Product information is based upon current information at the time of press but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications, and delivery dates are subject to change without notice. 

Visit www.alpine-usa.com for more.

Design Engineering’s New Titanium Knitted Sleeves Provide Total Heat Control for Exhaust Pipes

AVON LAKE, OH (01.12.22) – Help prevent burns and block uncomfortable cabin heat from hot exhaust pipes with new Titanium Knitted Sleeves from Design Engineering, Inc.

Designed to fit 4″ OD tube sizes, the sleeves have a max temperature rating of 1,800°F and a continuous rating of 1,382°F. They are available in 12″ (#10038) and 24″ (#10040) lengths and can be cut to fit.

“Prevent burns and block uncomfortable heat with these new Titanium Knitted Sleeves,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “Designed to protect components from heat damage, they are perfect for larger exhaust pipes, as they can expand up to 1.5 times their normal diameter to install over flanges and sensor threads.”

Featuring a thick basalt material, the lightweight sleeves can easily be trimmed to size and rolled at the ends. Kits include locking ties and tool to secure the sleeves to the pipes.

For more information about Titanium Knitted Sleeves and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit www.DesignEngineering.com.

The KICKER AMA Pro ArenaCross 2022 Series Kicked Off in Loveland, CO

LOVELAND, CO (01.11.22) – The KICKER AMA ArenaCross 6-City Series, with 10 races, kicked off January 7th and 8th at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO.

The Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO was the site of the January 7th and 8th KICKER AMA ArenaCross.

“It was cold with snow outside but inside the action on the track was red hot both nights and the attendees were Livin’ Loud. We had a display area in the lobby area and virtually everyone who entered the Budweiser Events Center had to pass by the KICKER setup. We had a selection of KICKER products for all to see. For at least 90 minutes on Friday and 2 hours on Saturday we were talking to members of the crowd about KICKER. Colorado is truck country so the new KICKER L7T under seat drew a lot of attention as did the OE Direct fit speakers. Powersports in strong in the Rockies so the KICKER PowerBar grabbed attention too,” Lorin Morrell-Maddog-Media, who orchestrates the KICKER AMA ArenaCross Series events, related.

KICKER product setup in the lobby before the event began.
Track prep early Friday.

The Budweiser Events Center was built as a hockey arena that holds about 7000 people. For the ArenaCross event the stands were pushed back a bit to set up the fairly short, but well designed track, for riders. For Saturday night’s event the stands were nearly full. Over 300 riders were on hand both days to take practice runs plus amateur and pro riders on the track for dozens of heats through the evening from 6 until well after 10PM.

Riders on the track raced for the top spot on the podium.
The event center was built for hockey and it was a quick trip around the track for riders.

Matt Macias, Colorado staff member of Santa Fe Distributing in the Rockies, was on hand Saturday night to work the booth along with Lorin Morrell. “Lorin does such a great job getting everything set up to showcase KICKER at the AMA ArenaCross events. So many attendees are interested in the KICKER products that will fit their rides,” he stated. Macias resides in Aurora CO about an hour from Loveland. Santa Fe Distributing in a key KICKER Distributor of longstanding based in Lenexa KS.

Lorin Morrell gives a big thumbs up with the winner of the T-Shirt toss with his KICKER BullFrog Prize.
Matt Macias (R), Santa Fe Distributing, was on site for the Saturday day event and is pictured with Lorin Morrell and more KICKER Bullfrog prize winners.

In addition to the action on the track T-shirt are fired into the crowd during race breaks and track maintenance periods. An air cannon fires wrapped KICKER T’s into the crowd. A special T has a certificate wrapped inside for a KICKER BullFrog to be picked up at the KICKER display in the lobby. Crowd member also participate in flag-waving sessions for a chance to win a KICKER BullFrog.

The 2022 KICKER ArenaCross Series will be Livin’Loud.

Concluding Morrell added, “The KICKER AMA ArenaCross got off to a great start in Loveland and the next stop is Amarillo TX on Saturday, January 15th. We look for a great turnout there as well. The KICKER AMA ArenaCross is Livin’ Loud in 2022.”

Visit kicker.com for more.

Alpine Electronics Introduces Next-Gen Alpine Halo R-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosures

AUBURN HILLS, MI (01.11.22) - Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. has introduced the next-generation Alpine Halo R2-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosures with ProLink. The enclosures come preloaded with Alpine’s new 10” and 12” R2-Series subwoofers that feature an all-new design to offer cleaner, more controlled bass response.

“Alpine believes in the constant pursuit of better sound,” said Mike Anderson, Vice President and General Manager, Brand Business Unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “Adding the next-gen R2-Series subwoofers to our Alpine Halo enclosures is just one step towards getting the most premium sound experience in the vehicle.

Deeper Bass Output
Since its introduction, Alpine’s R-Series sound system family has been known for incredible output and outstanding performance. Today Alpine introduces the next-generation of sound performance with the new R2-Series subwoofers, featured in the Alpine Halo R2-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosures with ProLink.

These next-generation R2-Series Subwoofers feature larger, double-stacked magnets, which results in an increase of 5%-8% more motor strength in the subwoofer compared to the previous generation. This increase in motor strength produces a wider frequency band in the subwoofer, which will in turn play deeper bass with more authority. The new R2 design also delivers improved control over the moving subwoofer cone for tighter, cleaner bass response.

Additional design improvements to the subwoofers include a new ceramic composite dust cap that is lightweight, yet rigid and provides incredible internal damping (vibration absorption) to smooth out the frequency response and reproduce tight bass. This premium, unique material also has a higher heat capacity that contributes to the non-stop bass performance customers have come to expect from Alpine’s R-Series system.

The new R2-Series subwoofers contain Alpine’s High Amplitude Multi-Roll (HAMR) Surround Technology. This rubber surround allows the subwoofer cone to efficiently move air while staying cool, which also contributes to increased output from the subwoofers.

The new design and enhanced performance of the next-generation R2-Series subwoofers results in a cleaner, more controlled bass response from the Alpine Halo R2-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosures with ProLink. The ported enclosures feature an optimized vent and rounded internal port edges that maximize the output performance of the subwoofer, for deeper, reliable bass. Each enclosure is also wired for optimized performance with Alpine’s R-Series R-A75M Mono Power Amplifier.

Unique ProLink® Technology
Traditionally, single and dual subwoofer enclosures are sold as independent systems, leaving no room for flexibility when it comes to sound system building. If a single subwoofer enclosure was originally purchased, the only option for adding more bass to the system was to remove the single subwoofer enclosure and purchase a new, dual subwoofer enclosure.

Alpine’s unique ProLink™ technology was designed with the sound system builder in mind. ProLink™ allows more flexibility in both power and price to start with a single subwoofer enclosure and add an additional subwoofer using a Linking Kit (sold separately) to link two enclosures together to create a dual system when more bass is desired.

Groundbreaking Alpine Halo Design
The Alpine Halo R2-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosures with ProLink™ share the premium, unmistakable design of the Alpine Halo Family. The enclosures pull design cues from the Alpine Halo Display with unique, curved edges outlined by a silver trim and a front baffle for a matching system aesthetic. Built with sturdy, 3/4” MDF construction and covered in a premium black carpet, these enclosures give the impression of a custom look, without the custom work.

The R2-SB12V and R2-SB10V will ship in January 2022 at a MAP of $449.95 and $429.95 respectively.

The next-generation R2-Series Subwoofers featured in the Alpine Halo R2-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosures with ProLink™ will also be available as separate components in an 8” option for $219.95 (R2-W8D4, R2-W8D2) 10” for $299.95 (R2-W10D4, R2-W10D2), and 12” for $349.95 (R2-W12D4, R2-W12D2).

All products will be available at Alpine Authorized retailers and at Preferred Online Stores. Installation options can be found on the Alpine-USA website through the store locator.

Visit www.alpine-usa.com for more.

Put Your Company’s New Products and Positives Activities in The 12volt News Show

12VOLT CENTRAL STUDIOS (01.11.22) – Following the recent CES 2022 and SEMA Show 2021 it was more apparent than ever the need for companies to let the members of the 12volt industry know about their new products. With the current uncertainty in the air the in-person event dilemma continues.

Also, the process that a company utilizes to showcase their efforts to create interest for their brand and products across the marketplace has been disrupted. Many factory sales staffs have not traveled in nearly 2 years. The travel activity of rep firms has also been curtailed.

All companies across the 12volt industry have positive messages they need to deliver about their products and activities to 12volt retailers… that includes manufacturers, reps and distributors. The 12volt News Show is the vehicle to make that happen.

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With The 12volt News Show there is no booth, freight, travel, hotel, miscellaneous expenses or associated hassles. 12voltvoltnews.com programs, that include visibility in the 12volt Central Studios and the 12voltBeat newsletter, are available to deliver company messages to members of the 12volt industry.

All industries across the business spectrum through the years have benefitted from the in-person experience. For the past 2 years the COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted activities around the world. 12volt industry disruptions have certainly not been immune to the impact of COVID-19.

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On a personal note… This writer began attending CES in Chicago in the early 1970’s. As an award winning Sony distributor principal hosted distributor shows throughout that 4-state territory… even purchasing a Sony Motorhome as a rolling showroom. With dB SpeakerWorks had booths at MERA plus CES in Vegas. All of those in-person events were terrific. Today, those in-person events are not happening with the same impact.

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CES 2022 Fell Significantly Short of Expected Attendance

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.10.22) – COVID 19, along with testing procedures and uncertainties in marketplace, led to a significantly less than expected attendance during CES 2022. Attendance was reported to be in the 40,000 range compared to 170,000 in a recent year. News of large companies cancelling plans to exhibit, along with major flight cancellations and delays, added to the 75% decline in attendance compared to recent years.

The new LVCC West Hall, with 1.4 million square feet, was part of CES for the first time in 2022.

Less than a week before CES 2022 presenter CTA announced the event would be reduced to a 3-Day run… concluding on Friday at 6PM instead of the scheduled Saturday last day.

The headline on the Las Vegas newspaper one day during the event was ‘CES…Room To Roam.’

CES 2022 attendance was down approximately 75% from recent CES events.

Weeks ago a large number of 12volt companies announced they would not be attending. Several forfeited seniority for future years. VOXX Electronics, SiriusXM, XS Power, CUB and Installer Net continued with their plans to exhibit. The VOXX Prestige, Directed, Viper, Rostra and Rosen brands showcased their 12volt products. Sirius XM, with Paul Trueman, shared the large VOXX booth in the Central Hall.

Paul Trueman, SiriusXM Sr. Director Retail Sales, offered “The new RoadyBT Tuner that offers multiple installation options opened eyes in the booth. The new Road Dog BT tuner that we showed opens installation options in the retail truck channel. Of course it would have been brilliant to have seen a larger turnout.”

The VOXX Electronics Central Hall booth showcased the company’s lineup of 12volt brands.

XS POWER with Scottie Johnson, Brady Basner, Shawn Mayo and Remy Viator had an impressive booth in the West Hall with the company’s batteries and accessories positioned for attendees to check out. Large signage hung from ceiling rafters to draw attention in the massive 1.4 million square foot West Hall.

Scottie Johnson, XS POWER President related “For us the show overall was a success, but with very little audio business. We did develop opportunities in the EV and Commercial Energy markets.”

“We showed our full lineup to attendees who came to the booth and met with dealers from outside the U.S. Closing CES a day early was probably good for some to spend an extra day in Vegas but I would have preferred being at home in Tennessee” Brady Basner, XS POWER Sales/Marketing, related.

Rescheduling airline reservations, along with travels delays, prevented most from returning home a day earlier than scheduled after the Saturday CES cancellation was announced.

 The open area in the foreground is the booth space Nakamichi was to showcase their extensive car audio lineup.

CUB and Installer Net also moved forward in the West Hall to let all see their latest products and services.

Robin McNeal, Nakamichi National Sales Manager and Las Vegas resident, registered for CES and walked the halls of LVCC. “I have attended CES for probably over two decades. CES 2022 I have a hard time understanding or describing. We all know the 12volt category has been declining at CES and shifting to SEMA. Nakamichi canceled our booth a few months ago. Our original booth space in the West Hall was just an empty space when I walked that hall. The local newspaper described CES 2022 as a gadget show. Add in health products and that sounds about right.”

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12volt Central staff interviewed a number of 12volt retailers prior to CES 2022. All indicated they would not be attending. Several said they had registered, bought a ticket and booked hotel stay. As 12volt exhibitors pulled out, uncertainties in the marketplace continuing and the new COVID variant spiking they cancelled plans to attend CES 2022.

As an industry veteran, with parts of seven decades in the industry, witnessing the reality of CES 2022 is sobering and disheartening. CES for this writer began in the early 1970’s in Chicago. With all the variables in the marketplace getting things back to close to normal will be challenging to be sure. Let’s all set plans to accomplish positives each day as we work to accomplish respective goals for the year.

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