Metra PowerSports to Introduce Switch Panel, Mirror Monitor, Speakers, Whip Lights and Off-Roading Products at SEMA Show

HOLLY HILL, FL (10.15.2019) – Metra PowerSports by Metra Electronics has new water-resistant off-road accessories designed for UTVs, ATVs, dune buggies and more heading to the 2019 SEMA Show. An 8-panel switch, lighted side mirrors, rearview mirror monitor, speakers, Polaris Ride Command audio adapter and three new whip light styles will debut at Metra’s booth 37017 in the South Hall Upper Level. These new products are specifically engineered to meet the harsh requirements of outdoor vehicles and will be showcased alongside Metra’s existing accessories for off-road applications, trucks, Jeeps and powersports.

Universal 8 Gang Switch Panel System by Heise LED Lighting Systems
The HE-SWP8 can integrate lighting control into any vehicle and fit into the dash panel, center console, vehicle pillar or even the overhead sunglass holder. This gang switch panel system controls up to 8 different auxiliary LED lights or electrical devices and has 50 different switch stickers included for customization. Blue LED backlighting illuminates the switches and it can handle all types of 12V DC accessories. The panel is ideal for applications such as cars, trucks, Jeeps, ATVs/UTVs, RVs and even boat installations. The compact control panel measures 2.6 by 4.6 inches while the under-hood mounted control box has a 4.2 by 7.5 inch footprint.

HE-SWP8 Product Specifications:
● Dash illumination control wire
● Latched or momentary switch operation
● Input voltage: 12-24V DC
● Power handling: 600W @12V DC and 1200W @ 24V DC (max)
● Maximum current: 60A
● Panel material: die-cast aluminum
● Control box material: die-cast aluminum
● Control box cover: ABS plastic
● Operating temperature: – 40 degrees F to +302 degrees F
● Panel size: 4.53 x 0.59 x 2.60 inches
● Circuit box size: 7.48 x 1.34 x 4.13 inches
● Products Included:
● 8 gang switch panel
● Control box with cover
● 50 switch labels and 6 extra fuses
● 60 amp resettable circuit breaker
● Power harness and battery cables
● 2 switch panel brackets
● 1 control box bracket
● Mounting hardware, screws and zip ties

UTV Rollbar Cage Side Mirrors with LED Spotlights
The MPS-RBSVMS is a universal accessory that functions as both a forward-facing spotlight and side mirror to increase the driver’s overall visibility. The anti-glare mirrors with a wide-angle viewing convex are constructed with aluminum alloy housing and rated IP68 to withstand the demands of the off-road environment. Each mirror has a light with 9 LEDs inside a smoke colored lens that produces 4,500 lumens to illuminate the left and right side of the UTV. They are designed to attach to rollbars between 1.5 and 2.5 inches and are ideal for most powersports vehicles.

MPS-RBSVMS Product Specifications
● 1 pair of side mirrors (left and right)
● Aluminum alloy housing designed to withstand the most extreme punishment
● Anti-glare mirror surface
● Wide-angle viewing (convex)
● Smoke colored lens
● 9 LEDs in each mirror producing 4,500 lumens of white light
● Universal adjustable brackets fit 1.5” to 2.5” rollbars
● 1 wiring harness with relay, fuse, and carling switch
● All necessary hardware included

Universal 4.5” Water-Resistant Replacement Rearview Mirror Monitor
Display video from two different camera inputs onto an IP69 rated rearview mirror monitor with the MPS-WRM45. This monitor has signal sensing to show the rearview camera feed when driving in reverse. It is engineered for outdoor vehicles and recommended for use with iBEAM’s TE-MIFM or TE-SBC cameras, but will work with most aftermarket camera inputs. The replacement rearview mirror is 9 inches wide by 3 inches high and features a 4.5-inch digital color LCD screen integrated within the mirror.

MPS-WRM45 Product Specifications:
● Replacement rearview mirror with integrated 4.5” digital color LCD screen
● Fits roll bar mount: TE-RBM
● Water-resistant monitor rated IP69
● 2 video inputs: rearview camera input and second video input

Universal Powersports Bluetooth Media Player with Speakers
Add an FM radio that can also stream music via Bluetooth or from a USB input to 3-inch speakers designed for a wide range of 12volt UTVs/ATVs, motorcycles and outdoor electric vehicles. The pair of water-resistant speakers come with an IP66 rated backlit, blue LED touch screen, control panel and are capable of producing a peak stereo output of 20 watts each (40 watts total). The USB input will play MP3, WMA or WAV music files and provide 1 amp device charging.

MPS-SBSMP3 Product Specifications:
● Touch screen display
● Blue LED back-lit control panel (3” x 2”) with water-resistant IP66 rating
● Built-in FM radio tuner with auto-search and save
● USB input supports MP3/WMA/WAV music files with 1 amp device charging
● Plays music via Bluetooth audio streaming
● Pair of 3-inch flush mount water-resistant speakers
● Peak stereo output power: 2 x 20W
● Suitable for DC 12V UTVs/ATVs, motorcycles and electric vehicles

Polaris Ride Command Audio Adapter
Take full advantage of the audio capabilities in the Polaris Ride Command system with this audio adapter that allows speakers and a subwoofer to be connected to the vehicle. This adapter retains the factory Polaris Ride Command as the source unit and utilizes its built-in crossovers.

MPS-RCLOC Product Specifications:
● Designed for Polaris RZR, Ranger, and General with Ride Command 7” display*
● Retains factory Polaris Ride Command as source unit
● Utilizes built-in crossovers from Ride Command
● Harness plugs into any amp with RCA inputs
● Works on AMP-1, AMP-2, AMP-3 Ride Command connectors
● Includes remote-out to turn-on amplifiers
*See MetraPowerSports.com for up-to-date, vehicle specific information.

RGB LED, Fiber Optic and Dancing Whip Lights
Three new styles of RGB whip lights available in 4 or 6 foot lengths have been added to the Metra PowerSports product line and began shipping this fall. These new whip lights will be on display at SEMA and styles include an RGB LED, fiber optic RGB and dancing RGB whip lights. These whip lights are designed for ATVs, UTVs, dune buggies, quads, side-by-sides, go-karts and other powersports applications, and strong enough to withstand dust, mud, rain and other rough use of off-road applications. They are constructed with a bendable, weather-resistant polycarbonate cover and rated IP67. These long-lasting lights have 50,000 hours of life and include an RF wireless remote control. A demo video and additional product specifications are available online at MetraPowerSports.com.

Whip Light Models:
MPS-RGBWHIP4-1 RGB LED Whip Light 4ft
MPS-RGBWHIP6-1 RGB LED Whip Light 6ft
MPS-FORGBWHIP4 Fiber Optic RGB Whip Light 4ft
MPS-FORGBWHIP6 Fiber Optic RGB Whip Light 6ft
MPS-CRGBWHIP4 Dancing RGB Whip Light 4ft
MPS-CRGBWHIP6 Dancing RGB Whip Light 6ft

Metra Electronics will showcase these new products at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas from November 5th – 8th at booth 37017 in the South Hall Upper Level with their off-road, truck and powersports products. They will also be at Metra’s main booth 11639 in the North Hall. A new catalog from MetraPowerSports will also be released on the opening day of the show and available for download at MetraPowerSports.com.

RPM Is a Southeast Rep Firm Coming On Strong

ATLANTA, GA (10.14.2019) – Real Performance Marketing is an Atlanta, GA based rep firm that was started four years ago by 37-year industry veteran Scott Hochmuth. He started in retail in 1982 when an under dash 8-track with a radio/tape switch was still a thing and transitioned to sales rep in 1989. Scott has over 20 years of experience in the Powersports Industry as well which put his company in a good position with the merging of the 12-Volt Audio and Powersports industries.

RPM started in 2016 primarily with Powersports lines since that was where the opportunities were at that time and most audio lines required regional coverage. Scott has never lost his passion for audio and was able to secure MTX Powersports Audio in 2016 and Audio Legion in 2017.

Scott Hochmuth

The last year has seen explosive growth for RPM as they have added Wetsounds, ARC Audio, Audiofrog, MMATS, and MTX Car Audio. They also represent some of the best lines in Powersports with lines like KLIM, LS2, Oxford Products, Brooks Leather, and VEGA.

This year RPM was joined by 31-year Audio Industry veteran Mike Hall to work North Carolina and South Carolina as well as 10-year Powersports Industry veteran Jay McLaurin to work the southern parts of MS, AL, GA and north Florida. Jerry Mattox is handling inside sales and customer service and Jessica Mattox serves as the Office Manager. RPM is in the process of bringing a fourth rep on board for the lines that they cover in South Florida.

Scott stated that “I would have never guessed that 12-Volt Audio would have moved so aggressively into the Marine, side by side, and Harley Bagger markets. We were in the perfect position to benefit from the two industries converging like they have.”

Real Performance Marketing can be reached at 706-386-3550 or scott@realperformancemarketing.net

KICKER Appears at Unified Car Audio Championships for Third Straight Year

STILLWATER, OK (10.11.2019) – KICKER returns to co-sponsor the 2019 Unified Car Audio Championships, held in the Louisville Expo Center October 12-13. The event will occupy the Broadbent Arena and Pavilion, taking up more than 110,000 square feet of indoor space. KICKER is proud to support the Unified judges’ hospitality suite and will have support staff in the lanes for anyone who requests it.

dBDRA’s Wayne Harris at the mic in 2018.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that three car-audio organizations have come together for their championship events, dubbed “Unified Finals.” More than 400 dB Drag Racing, IASCA and MECA competitors pre-registered. All three organizations are holding triple-point events in addition to the invitation-only finals, allowing any competitor to build up points for next season.

Brian Mitchell hosted Big Iron in 2018 with IASCA’s Moe Sabourin in the background.

“Many of our sponsors have been staunch supporters of the Unified Car Audio Championship for years now and we are proud to help gain some exposure for them and their products,” said Moe Sabourin, Director of Operations for IASCA Worldwide. “In turn, their support over the years has been a driving force in the growth of car audio competition, from competition teams to industry membership support of our organization’s missions.”

One lucky attendee will win this ‘Livin Loud’ Kicker system.

dB Drag Racing will continue competing in two locations simultaneously, via online streaming. The satellite location will be at Chris Alston’s Chassisworks in Sacramento, Calif., where competitors will run head-to-head against their Louisville counterparts for the North American Championships.

MECA plans on several events during the show, including a Sound Quality competition, a Show N’ Shine, and SPL competitions.

The Finals will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more info, visit www.dbdragracing.com, www.iasca.com, or www.mecacaraudio.com.

MECA’s 21st season ends at the Car Audio Championship in Louisville, KY on the weekend of October 11 -13th.

81 Sound Quality League and 86 Sound Pressure League vehicles have pre-registered and are vying for World Championships in each class.  This is the largest turn-out for Finals in MECA history.

Working with the dB Drag Racing and IASCA organizations, MECA is part of the annual Car Audio Championship event.  Featuring the best sounding, best installations, and loudest vehicles in the USA and Mexico, this is the largest gathering of the high-level car audio systems in North Amerifca.

TRU Technology is the SQL Title Sponsor and will have a huge Team and booth display.

Ohio Generator, Sundown Audio, and XS Power are the SPL sponsors and have many competitors using their products. Sponsor logos will be featured on all awards.

Official MECA Team names are listed with the competitors results, displaying profiiency and excellence in the lanes.

Judging for Finals come from coast to coast, and Canada.  Our distinquished Judge Team brings together the best ears, minds, experience,and engaged officials.  The members will benefit from this dedicated crew:

SPL

Joe Ault (OH)

Bud Ballinger (KY)

Shannon Ballinger (KY)

Sunil Boodram (FL)

Victor O’Brien (AL)

Malani Puni (TN)

Mike VanMol (AL)

SQL

Cory Bradley (IN)

Grace Fitzpatrick (SC)

Mike Flanagan (MS)
Russell Jones (FL)

Linda Kobayashi (CA)

Richard Papasin (CA)

Julian Ridi (CN)

Matt Roberts (SC)

Vinny Taylor (TN)

Commissioner Stern will be handling registration, memberships, and awards presentations.  “We are excited to bring the car audio community together for this huge event.  Our members have worked hard to earn their place at Finals, and we determine our World Champs, and present our Club Awards, including State Champion certificates in all classes.”

Thanks to our Members:  Competitor, Retail, and Manufacturer for an outstanding season!
Thanks to our Judges for doing the work!

Petra Raises $120,000 at 21st Annual Hope In One Charity Golf Tournament for Deserving Organizations

EDMOND, Okla. — Petra Industries, the consumer technology authority and wholesale electronics distributor, celebrated their 21st annual Petra Hope In One Charity Golf Tournament held on October 3 at the Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, OK. This year’s event raised $120,000 for the two chosen charity organizations, Whiz Kids of Oklahoma and Mercy Multiplied.

Hope In One has seen exponential growth in the two decades since its inception. Cumulatively, Hope In One has raised more than $1 million, with $240,000 being raised in only the last two years. 

More than 140 people participated in this year’s tournament. The event began the evening of Wednesday, October 2, with a vendor reception and the annual Texas Hold‘em Tournament at Topgolf in Oklahoma City. The following day, golfers hit the links at the prestigious Oak Tree Country Club—an awards luncheon followed as Petra Industries presented the funds raised to both Mercy Multiplied and Whiz Kids of Oklahoma. Events concluded Thursday evening with a come-and-go mixer at Ranch Steakhouse.

“Each year Hope In One is more impactful and impressive than the last,” said Petra President Tate Morgan. “I’d like to thank our vendor partners for their generous support of both this year’s tournament and of Petra throughout the year. Giving back to the community is the cornerstone of any successful business, and I’m thankful for the dedication of our vendor partners who help make that happen.” This year’s recipients of proceeds raised by Hope In One were Wiz Kids of Oklahoma and Mercy Multiplied. Each of these organizations are dedicated to helping young people in need, and each charity received $60,000 for their cause. “Every year, we’re excited to see how Hope In One continues to impact our community, and beyond. Through Hope In One we are able to come together to serve a higher purpose, and it continues to thrill and humble me that we’ve seen another successful year that will impact the lives of those today and for generations to come,” said Petra Founder and CEO Bill Stewart.

Whiz Kids of Oklahoma is a non-profit that inspires schools, churches and community partners who feel called to support our city’s most vulnerable and empowers them to be difference-makers in the lives of children at-risk for school failure. 

Mercy Multiplied is an international nonprofit Christian organization that helps young women break free from life-controlling issues and situations. They aim to help young women escape destructive cycles and discover purpose for their lives. 

“We could not do what we do without the selfless support of people like you all in this room. You all are our Mercy family,” said Lauren Hobar, Director of Fundraising for Mercy Multiplied. “You guys are truly making a way for more young women to find freedom.”

Petra would like to extend a special thank you to the JASCO Giving Hope Foundation for their continued support of the Hope In One Charity Golf Tournament.

In addition, Petra would like to thank you their many generous sponsors for the event, including 3Plus®, AAMP, AfterShokz®, ALC®, Allsop™, APC®, AT&T®, Atrend®, Audio-Technica®, BIC America, BLACK+DECKER™, BOK Financial®, Bonni Hamje Company, Clarity®, Comelit®, Conair®, Consumer Cellular®, Crown, CyberPower®, Elite Brands, Equity Brands, ESI, ERP®, FedEx, Garmin®, Lickety Split®, GPX®, Hangman®, Higginbotham Insurance, HoMedics®, Hose Assemblies, Hotan, IC Intracom, iWalk®, Johnson Outdoors, Juvo® Products, JVC®, Market Solutions, Maxell®, Maxxsonics®, Metra®, Metra Home Theater Group, Midland®, Mohu®, Motorola®, Norazza, Nortek Security and Control, NSTE (Smartlabs), OmniMount®, Omron®, Optoma, Oro, Inc., Panasonic®, Paycom®, Pioneer®, Power Acoustik®, PRIME®, RK Black, Royal®, Sennheiser®, SiriusXM®, Skullcandy®, SkyBell®, Spectra, STANLEY®, Starfrit®, SureCall®, Switchmate®, TracFone®, Tram Browning, Uniden®, US BANK, Verbatim®, Voxx, VTech®, Whistler®, Wilson Electronics, and XPOWER.

dBDRA Sponsors Competitor Awards at Car Audio Championship

AUSTIN, TX (10.08.2019) – The dBDRA would like to thank Incriminator Audio, Orion Car Audio and Sundown Audio for sponsoring competitor awards at for the 2019 North American dB Drag Racing Association Championship.

Incriminator Audio will be the exclusive ring sponsor for the 2019 dBDRA North American championship rings for the 5th year in a row! First Place winners at the event will receive custom personalized championship rings along with their 1st place trophy. The dedication and commitment that Incriminator Audio puts forth with the competitors is awesome! A huge thanks to the crew at Incriminator Audio.

Orion Car Audio is the exclusive trophy sponsor for the 2019 dBDRA North American Championship. The competitors in Louisville, KY and Sacramento, CA will go head to head to compete for the championship. Trophies will be awarded for 1st-4th place in 24 classes of competition including: dB Drag Racing, Bass Race, Top Dog, Psychlone and Bagger Beatz. In addition to the FINALS event, there will be an open entry 2020 Season Kick Off 3x event at each location. (independent of championship). Trophies will be awarded for 1st-3rd place in all classes. Huge shout out to Orion for acquiring the trophy sponsorship this year.

Sundown Audio will be the dBDRA 2019 Points Champion Sponsor. Each year the dBDRA awards a points champion award to the competitor that accrues the most points in each format of competition during the 2019 season. These competitors spend countless weekends in the lanes and this award is in appreciation of their efforts throughout the season. The 2019 awards will be presented for Eastern Region, Western Region and Canada. Thanks to Sundown Audio for their continued support of the competitors and all the teams out there!

On behalf of the dB Drag Racing Association and our members, the dBDRA would like to sincerely thank Incriminator Audio, Orion Car Audio and Sundown Audio for supporting the competitors!

The dBDRA would also like to extend thanks to all of the companies supporting the Car Audio Championship.

Show sponsors include: Pioneer Electronics, Sundown Audio, B2 Audio, Ampere Audio, Resilient Sounds, Lord of Bass, SoundQubed, Deaf Bonce, SounDigital, Limitless Lithium and Harley Davidson of Dothan. T-shirt sponsors include: XS Power, JL Audio, Tru Technology, Hybrid Audio Technologies, Crossfire, Avatar, Ohio Generator, Directronix, DC Audio, Slamology, 12 Volt News, Team Flop Box, Team Aint Loud, Team Imperial and TN Bass Racers.

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Memphis Audio Dealer Council Meeting and Celebration

MEMPHIS, TN (10.07.2019) – Memphis Audio played host to four of the premier dealers in the nation at the 2019 Memphis Audio Dealer Council meeting in Memphis Tennessee. The invitees were Audio Unlimited – Mobile, AL, Audio One – Virginia Beach, VA, Horizon Audio – Canton, OH, and Elite Audio Spartanburg, SC. These lucky winners qualified by winning the Memphis 2nd half golden ticket scratcher contest.

The winners were treated to an exclusive dinner at the third-generation owner of Memphis Audio, Arthur Fulmer’s home. The group had an opportunity to let loose, talk business and have a little fun with the Memphis team and enjoy Memphis’s world-famous BBQ. “Welcoming dealers into my home is something I’ve wanted to do for years. These are the people who keep our industry going and I couldn’t have been happier to host such a wonderful group of business owners and get to know them on a more personal level and how we as a manufacturer can help them succeed,” said Fulmer.

Left to Right: Tom Smith – Audio Unlimited, Nate McConohay – Horizon Audio, Joe Zelano – Elite Audio, Aaron Joseph- Horizon Audio, Jim Aiken & Dave Curtis – Audio one, Arthur Fulmer – Owner of Memphis Audio, Nick Lomonaco – President of Memphis Audio, Ellis Mathis – Regional Sales Manager Memphis Audio

The next day the group was welcomed at the corporate headquarters in downtown Memphis where they all had an opportunity to learn the inner workings of Memphis Audio. Nick LoMonaco, president of Memphis Audio lead the discussion which touched on a number of topics ranging from internet MAP pricing enforcement, product development, marketing support and more. LoMonaco took questions and feedback from the group. The real fun began when the council was provided with a confidential sneak peek at some of the amazing new products scheduled to be exhibited live at SEMA 2019 along with several projects currently in development.

“Having the opportunity to sit down with these guys and pick their brains about our industry provided us all with a wealth of insight and information. They are all so passionate about our business and the products that Memphis develops. They didn’t pull any punches and told us what they need for success in this industry, it was one of most productive Q&A sessions I’ve ever been a part of,” Said Nick LoMonaco.

After talking shop had commenced the crew let loose a little a Sun Studios for a tour of some of the history behind the amazing music scene and culture that is ingrained in the city of Memphis. After the history lesson the group was treated to dinner, drinks, and more drinks until it was time to head back to their home towns.

“This contest was designed to give us the opportunity to get to know some of our most crucial business partners on a more personal level along with receiving feedback about how we can position Memphis Audio for success in the future. I feel like we really did achieve everything we set out to do and more. I’m confident that myself and the rest of the Memphis team is walking away from this event with a great deal of knowledge along with a great group of new friends who we are also proud Memphis dealers,” said LoMonaco.

Visit memphiscaraudio.com for more.