Firstech Hires Opus Marketing Group for Mid-Atlantic, Michigan

KENT, WA (08.07.2020) – Firstech, makers of Compustar and DroneMobile connected car solutions, is hiring Opus Marketing Group to represent the company’s solutions in Mid-Atlantic and Michigan. Opus Marketing Group will represent all Firstech brands and products, including Compustar, DroneMobile, Arctic Start, and Momento. Daniel Fellers, Firstech’s Eastern regional sales manager, describes the partnership as an “alliance between two of the strongest forces in automotive remote start and security.”

Firstech’s announcement comes in anticipation of the upcoming 2020-21 remote start season, which will follow one of the busiest summers in recent mobile electronics history. Despite the freshness of their partnership, Firstech and Opus Marketing Group promise to immediately hit the road both virtually and physically. Jamie White, the owner of Opus Marketing Group, explains, “With all great things come better things and we look forward to continuing to provide the dealer base the best customer service and cutting-edge technology for many years to come with this recent alignment.”

All Firstech brands and products are available for purchase on To gain access to pricing and free, same-day shipping, contact Opus Marketing Group at (866)438-6787 (Mid-Atlantic, Michigan) or email Firstech at (U.S.A., Canada).

Ground Zero Introduces New Subwoofer and Preloaded Enclosure

DANIA BEACH, FL (08.07.2020) – Ground Zero USA has introduced its two newest Radioactive models. Now shipping is the GZRB 20SPL and the GZRW 8XSPL. 

Recently announced, and now available, the GZRW 8XSPL (MAP $229.99) is the little brother to our wildly successful Hydrogen 8-inch subwoofer. This driver is a high-quality SPL subwoofer that utilizes a reinforced paper cone with a long stroke compound surround, dual 2-ohm 50mm/2” copper voice coils, and is designed to run on 500w RMS. This driver is best suited for vented applications, and we have you covered with that also.

The GZRB 20SPL (MAP $379.99) is a custom tailored preloaded vented enclosure with grill specifically for the GZRW 8XSPL (included). 

For more information on how to purchase this product or to become an official dealer please contact us at or visit our website

AudioControl Shipping New LC2i PRO

SEATTLE, WA (08.07.2020) – AudioControl has announced that the highly-anticipated LC2i PRO is now in-stock for immediate shipping.

Product Features:

  • Slimmer case design- easier to install and hide in dashboards & behind panels.
  • 3 turn on modes: Remote, GTO (DC offset), or Audio (signal sensing).
  • LMC (Load Matching Circuit) technology with 20 ohm, 60 ohm and 20k ohm settings.
  • AccuBass circuitry, now with top-mounted controls and a status LED to help make setup easier & faster than ever.
  • 40 volts (~400 watts) of hi level/speaker level input capability.
  • 2ch of active hi-to-low level conversion.
  • 4ch RCA out, with up to 9.5vrms output.
  • ACR-1 remote-mounted sub output level controller is NOW INCLUDED.
  • Independent level controls for Main and Bass outputs
  • Maximized LED for quick setup & tuning

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Statement from SEMA About the 2020 SEMA Show

DIAMOND BAR, CA (08.06.2020) – SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, has announced that due to Covid-19 and concerns that event facilities and services will be unavailable, the SEMA Show will not be taking place in 2020.

While both event organizers and industry members have been working tirelessly to deliver an outstanding SEMA Show in November, mounting uncertainty has rendered continuing with the event inadvisable. SEMA expects the decision will bring much needed clarity to an uncertain picture and will help exhibitors, attendees and partners plan accordingly.

Recent SEMA Show survey results indicated interest in a possible virtual tradecshow with related live elements. SEMA will be working with industry members to determine interest levels on specific alternatives.

“The SEMA Show is committed to furthering businesses in the automotive specialty equipment market, and to providing manufacturers and buyers with the best opportunity to connect, promote new products and discover new trends,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “We appreciate the spirit, hard work and innovation our industry puts into the SEMA Show each year. While we are disappointed circumstances prevent us from hosting the Show in November, we look forward to getting everyone together in 2021 for another outstanding event.”

Full refunds for SEMA Show exhibitor booth deposits and attendee registration fees will be issued.

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KENWOOD Unveils 2 New Value-Priced CD/DVD Playback-Equipped Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Ready Receivers

LONG BEACH, CA (08.06.2020) – KENWOOD USA has announced the release of 2 new feature-packed multimedia receivers at value conscience price points.

The DDX5707S ($369.95 MAP) and DDX57S ($369.95 MAP) are CD/DVD playback equipped multimedia receivers that both feature support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in a wired configuration. With driver safety and smartphone integration features abound, they allow customers an easy alternative to their CD/DVD-less counterparts (the DMX4707S and DMX47S), which were released back in May. 

Notable call-out features include a 6.8” WVGA clear glass capacitive touch panel for better touch control and precision, Android phone screen mirroring via the “Mirroring for KENWOOD OA” application, a rear view camera input to add a back-up camera (such as the KENWOOD CMOS-130, CMOS-230, or CMOS-320, sold separately), front, rear, and subwoofer RCA pre-outs, and built-in Bluetooth for hand-free phone calls and music streaming.

To gain a better in-car entertainment experience, both models also come equipped with the connection for an optional SiriusXM tuner, (SiriusXM Connect SXV300 satellite radio tuner required; sold separately), which enables album artwork and a variety of text information to be displayed from hundreds of channels of music, news, sports, talk, and more. 

“We are delighted to expand our Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready multimedia receiver offerings to include features customers are asking for at such an incredible value,” said Tim Hill, Midwest Regional Sales Manager for KENWOOD. “We know that the purchase of one of our flagship receivers may simply be unobtainable by some, and now with these models, they can still experience the trusted quality and performance that comes with the KENWOOD name.” 

For detailed product information, please view their respective product pages at

Mobile Solutions Releases New Pt-9a+ Polarity Tester

TEMPE, AZ (08.06.2020) – Mobile Solutions announces the release of a new and exciting audio system test tool: the PT-9A+ Polarity Tester. It’s is an essential measurement tool for building and tuning great car audio systems. Advancing on the previous and highly successful PT-9A model, the new PT-9A+ adds even more capabilities to analyze signals, particularly in OEM audio system integration.

“In any car audio system, it’s critical to identify and verify the correct polarity of speakers, both before and after installation. The polarity of the electrical signals that connect to the speakers in OEM audio integration, as well as correctly identifying which wires correspond to which speaker locations, is also critical to verify” comments Bryan Schmitt, President of Mobile Solutions. The PT-9A+ does all of those tasks in one compact, easy-to-use tool.

The PT-9A+ has a safe, low voltage output pulse on either the preamp level (RCA) plug or speaker jacks. It generates polarity pulses directly into a speaker or AUX input, or the technician can use pulse tracks from the included USB thumb drive and load them on a portable media device. The built-in microphone on the front of the tool then determines if the speaker cone moves outward with the pulse (correct polarity) or inward (reversed polarity). The low voltage of the pulse means no damage to CAN Bus wires, Air Bag wires or other sensitive circuits if the technician mistakes other vehicle wiring for audio signal or speaker wiring. In the past, technicians would sometimes try to ‘pop’ speakers with power tool batteries or tape wires to a 9V or D cell battery for this task. The PT-9A+ is a much safer and professional way to pulse speakers and determine absolute acoustic polarity.

The game-changing new feature of the PT-9A+ is that the speaker jacks not only function as outputs for generating output pulses, but the jacks can be configured to accept speaker-level INPUT up to 4VAC to identify the electrical polarity of an audio signal. This feature essentially tells the technician which wire is positive (+) and negative (-) so that, when doing an OEM audio integration job, the inputs to a DSP or amplifier can be configured correctly with respect to polarity. Cancellation between audio signals (acoustic or electrical) is the number one problem that plagues most car audio systems which exhibit poor sound performance. “When all of the audio system’s signals and speakers are correct in polarity, only then can the technician do effective tuning for optimum sound quality” adds Schmitt.

PT9A+ Features:
• Built-In Selectable Pulse Generator – Preamp Level (RCA) and Speaker Level Jacks
• Built-In Compact Microphone for Testing/Verifying Acoustic Speaker Polarity
• Speaker Level Jacks can be configured as Inputs for Electrical Signal Polarity Testing
• Low Volume Threshold for Safe Testing – System volume does need not be loud to test
• Easy-to-Understand Polarity LEDs – Green = Correct, Red = Incorrect
• Built-In Low Battery Indicator LED
• Includes USB Thumb Drive with Polarity Pulses and Pink Noise
• Comes with a Protective Storage Case, Quick Start Guide and Insulated Test Leads
• Uses a Standard 9V Battery (Not Included)

PT9A+ Applications:
• Test polarity of audio system speakers before starting an installation or tuning
• Generate pulses into the audio system to verify speaker location and polarity
• Test polarity of OEM audio signals at the source unit or amplifier output (up to 4V)
• Identify speaker location and polarity in OEM audio systems using internal pulse generator
• Verify polarity shift in active or passive crossovers (especially 12dB/octave applications)
• Optimize subwoofer polarity to blend with other system speakers for “up front” bass

The PT-9A+ is in stock at Mobile Solutions and shipping now. Special launch pricing of $99.99 is offered for a limited time by using the coupon code “PT9A-2020” upon checkout at

For more information about the PT-9A+ Polarity Tester or to place orders on any Mobile Solutions products, visit, or call 480-968-2074.

dBDRA Combining 2020 and 2021 Competition Seasons

AUSTIN, TX (08.05.2020) – After careful consideration, the dBDRA has elected to combine the 2020 and 2021 competition seasons. The ongoing global pandemic combined with continually changing event restrictions make it virtually impossible to plan or produce a Championship event. Competitor memberships, earned points, certified scores, and world records for the current 2020 season will carry over to the new, hybrid season.

Wayne Harris with a big smile for all across the 12volt industry and competition world.

According to Wayne Harris, dBDRA President, “There are many benefits to an extended season, and we are excited to begin work on something special for 2021. We expect huge participation once restrictions are lifted. Until then, stay safe.”

dBDRA World Records
The 2020/2021 dBDRA World Records are NOW Live. World Records are reserved for dBDRA Members and may only be set at Triple Point events and the dBDRA Championship. To establish a new dB Drag Racing World Record, the competitor must beat the old record twice at the same event. The lower of the competitor’s two record-breaking scores will be used as the new record. As the season progresses, the World Records will be updated. Good luck to everyone!

dB Drag Racing World Records

Psychlone World Records

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New TurboTouch Dash Kit for 1999-2003 Lexus RX300 Now Shipping from Metra Electronics

HOLLY HILL, FL (08.05.2020)Metra Electronics is now shipping a new TurboTouch kit for 1999-2003 Lexus RX300 models. This kit is designed to fit ISO Single-DIN radio provisions with a pocket or Double-DIN radio provisions. It features a 4.3” integrated color LCD touchscreen for retention of the vehicle’s climate control functions, which can be customized with different color options for the backlit hard buttons. This dash kit is painted to match the factory finish and available in two different color options; 99-8164G (gray with black trim) and 99-8164T (tan with black trim).

An Axxess interface that is Micro “B” USB updatable is built into the kit to provide accessory power (12-volt 10 amp) and retain R.A.P. (retained accessory power). The wiring harness is included with the kit, an antenna adapter is not needed, and an LD-8164-NAV harness is included for vehicles with factory navigation. The factory amplifier is not retained with this kit and so an amplifier bypass harness is included. An installation video showing the product features and how to install this kit can be seen below. Thie 99-8164 dash kits are available now with instructions and additional specifications at

99-8164 Product Specifications:

  • Designed for 1999-2003 Lexus RX300
  • ISO DDIN radio provision
  • ISO DIN radio provision with pocket
  • Custom texture and painted tan or gray to match the factory appearance
  • 4.3” Integrated color LCD touchscreen for retention of climate control functions
  • Factory amplifier is not retained with this product – an amplifier bypass harness is included
  • Provides accessory power (12-volt 10-amp)
  • Retains R.A.P. (retained accessory power)
  • Micro “B” USB updatable

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Hifonics Launches GEMINI Elite Amplifiers

LIBERTYVILLE, IL (08.05.2020)  NEW Hifonics GEMINI Elite (GE) amplifiers make audio feel the way it was meant to be felt — ELITE. GEMINI Elite amplifiers raise the bar of audio expectations to ELITE standards in clarity, quality, and listening. When audio craves to sound the best, it needs clean, undistorted levels of power; that’s what GEMINI Elite amplifiers bring.

Sam Dattalo, Vice President of Sales, said, “GEMINI Elite is killing it with the new ‘Murdered’ look. Dealers are loving both the hottest style and the ‘NON-INTERNET’ program that guarantees high-profit margins.” 

With Hifonics High-Fidelity that features Simpatico coil design (SPC) Ultra-Fi Pulse Width Modulated MOSFET power supply, GEMINI Elite amplifiers will have audio enter new dimensions of sound while delivering huge power. A heavy-duty aluminum alloy heat sink allows the amplifier to dissipate heat and produce maximum clean power. FEATURES & BENEFITS ACROSS THE GE LINEUP INCLUDE:

    Control of amplifier output with on-board electronic crossover to tailor specific frequencies to speakers and subwoofers
    Super D-Class: Extremely efficient, low temperature, high amplification system has several options for installation
    Ultra-Fi MOSFET: Produces high power with minimal distortion
    High-Grade Aluminum: Heavy duty aluminum alloy heat-sink allows the amplifier to quickly dissipate heat
    Simpatico Coil Design: Dual coil Pulse Width Modulated power supply keeps voltage constant through the Ultra-Fi output devices

“We have already sold out of our first shipment with more product on the way coming in August. Make sure to get your orders and reorders in quickly to assure that your customers can have a pleasant buying experience with GEMINI Elite!” concluded Dattalo.

Embrace every song in a new light with GEMINI POWER bestowed from the gods above. 

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12 Volt Electrical Wizard at Ai Design – Tuckahoe, NY

The 12 Volt Electrical Wizard position fits within the context of our unusual and exciting business at Ai Design. We are based in Tuckahoe, NY. This role is not for amateurs. We want experts. Expertise and a command of 12 volt electronics in both modern and vintage vehicles is a mandatory requirement. Additionally experience with high-end vehicles, both luxury models and supercars is necessary. If this sounds like you, please read on!

As a 12 Volt Electrical Wizard at Ai Design, you’ll be tasked with the unique things we do and the ways in which we do them. It’s likely your previous experience will differ greatly from Ai’s typical-day-to-day work. However, as long as you have a solid understanding of all 12-volt working principals, you know your way around a car, you are methodical, careful and a team player, we can train you up from that point.

Experience in car audio using DSPs and audio system tuning should also part of your skillset. If you are a music enthusiast, even better. Ai Design does not install alarms and remote starters, which is what most electrical techs may be used to. You may actually be relieved to not perform those tasks. We are not looking for a 12-volt fabricator. You may have great fabrication skills as well, but we specifically want a 12-volt electrician who understands all things automotive electrical first and foremost.

What You’ll Be Doing at Ai Design:

  • Fabrication of thoughtful wiring harnesses with a mimicry of the manufacturer’s wiring style.
  • Knowledge of wiring bundling styles such as cloth tape, 3M tapes, expandable braided tubing, heat shrink and use of split loom tubing where applicable to mimic factory wiring techniques.
  • Execute varied high-quality connection types, such as soldered, use of ferrules, creating serviceable connectors (Molex, Delphi Weather Pac, Deutsche, etc.) and hydraulic crimping.
  • Executing effective sound damping and noise control techniques.
  • Bracket fabrication along with the installation of a wide-ranging group of electrical components (audio, convenience, communications, safety, etc.) with an OE level of standard.
  • Using your software-minded technical ability for audio system tuning, calibrations, updating firmware or settings and programming of a wide array of items.
  • Participating in our weekly production meetings to understand and collaborate on the status of projects in process.

Key Requirements:

  • 8+ years of 12 volt electronics experience.
  • Eye for detail. High standard. Clean work.
  • Organized and methodical – excellent time management.
  • Team player and great communication skills.
  • Knowledge of automotive electrical measurements and tools.
  • Knowledge of car audio DSP and common audio measurement tools.
  • Knowledge of operating popular computer applications related to 12 volt.
  • You must be able to duplicate Ai Design’s standard. Care for it, improve upon it, but every day, respect it, and realize that the team follows ONE standard set by its owner, Matt Figliola.

Employment Benefits at Ai Design:

  • Excellent compensation – $75k-$115k range depending on the individual’s skills and experience.
  • Monday-Friday work schedule (no weekends).
  • Weekly production meetings to stay on track with project status.
  • No travel required.
  • On-the-Job Training for new skills.
  • Employer-paid health insurance plan.
  • 401k retirement plan with employer contribution.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) allowance.
  • Annual performance review.
  • Relocation expense stipend for qualified applicants.
  • PLUS, no one works on more interesting projects than we do. No one.

About Matt Figliola:

Matt Figliola was the Lead Fabricator and in-shop-innovator for the first 15 years of business at Ai Design. He was installing everything in clients’ cars. No project was too small or too large. At his core, Matt is an owner who started out in the installation bay and knows the challenges of this work as well as any technician or fabricator would. As such, the environment at Ai Design is crafted around Matt’s experiences as that early and dedicated staff member. Who better to lead a team of like-minded technicians? That’s why the core team at Ai Design has been together for a very long time.

About Ai Design:

The work environment at Ai Design speaks for itself. Check out where you’ll find they’ve created some rather extraordinary vehicles. Most of their clients prefer anonymity, but a few you’ve probably heard of: Ai Design created all of the electronics and performance modifications for Alex Roy’s BMW M5, which he used to smash the two-decade old transcontinental driving record. They also customized Ken Block’s CLS55 AMG for a SEMA Show debut. The project included Brabus performance mods, a full custom interior, integrated radar detection, and topped off with a matte black exterior finish. The exterior was extremely radical for the day and the team pulled off a finish that would rival the factory’s best efforts in later years.

Ai Design Facility:

Located in Tuckahoe, NY, Ai Design is one of the cleanest, most organized 10,000 sq.ft. workshop you’ll ever set foot in. They cherish hand craftsmanship while embracing and exploiting the latest technology. In-house CAD-based design capabilities for 3-D printing and a CNC router give Ai Design capabilities only dreamed of in other shops. Be comfortable knowing that the COVID-19 outbreak has only heightened the dedication to a safe and clean working environment for their valued team members. Ai Design doesn’t have the worry of traditional retail floor traffic which makes the workplace an excellent safe space to be creative and excel at your craft.

About Tuckahoe, NY Area

  • Nearest airports – Westchester County Airport (HPN / KHPN – 15 miles). LaGuardia Airport (LGA / KLGA -18 miles). Teterboro Airport (TEB / KTEB – 20 miles). John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK / KJFK -26 miles). Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR / KEWR -33 miles).
  • Nearby cities to live within 15 miles – White Plains, NY. Tarrytown, NY. Yonkers, NY. New Rochelle, NY. Mamaroneck, NY. Harrison, NY. Port Chester, NY. Hackensack, NJ. Fort Lee, NJ. Fresh Meadows, NY. Westwood, NJ. Elmhurst, NY. Lefrak City, NY. West New York, NJ. Amsterdam Houses, NY. North Mianus, CT. Phipps Houses, NY, Passaic Junction, NJ. Chappaqua, NY. Queensbridge Houses, NY. Ossining, NY. Sunnyside Gardens, NY. Warren Point, NJ.
  • Tuckahoe, NY Population – 6656
  • Tuckahoe, NY Median Household Annual Income – $70,354
  • Tuckahoe, NY Home Ownership (Owner Occupied) – 47%
  • Average Commute Time to Work in Tuckahoe, NY – 36.7 minutes
  • Average Summer Temperatures in Tuckahoe, NY – June to August, 81-86 degrees F

If you would be relocating to the Tuckahoe, NY (or surrounding) area for this position, Ai Design can assist with recommendations of where to seek housing depending on your needs and acceptable commute time.

A Last Word:

We might come off as intimidating. We get that, but it does not come from arrogance. It comes from our no-compromise work ethic. We don’t cut, corners. We won’t deliver a vehicle until it’s done. We only know one way to do this work. If you are confident in the quality of your skills and the breadth of your experience, please submit a resume. You might be the exact person we’re looking to add to our talented team. There is only one way to find out.

How to Apply

Ai Design retained Ramsey Consulting Group, Inc. to oversee the employment applications and initial phone interview process of applying candidates. Please email your resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Put “Ai Design 12 Volt Electrician” in the subject line, please. Consider your email message a cover letter and please include in that message notable installation, technical and other skills, salary history and requirements, time horizon about when you’re looking to gain new employment and your complete contact information. Details matter, so please be thorough in your submission. No in-person visits, phone calls or emails about the position directly to Ai Design, please. All submissions will be kept confidential.