The New RetroSound Speaker Mounts Take the Hassle Out of Classic Car SpeakerReplacement

Retro Manufacturing has released a new set of Speaker Mounts for select classic vehicles to make replacing factory Dash Speakers hassle-free. They are constructed of a thick metal alloy and are installed from underneath the dash for a factory-like fit. There are four new Speaker Mounts available, each for different applications. The RS-SB01 is specifically for the 1968 Chevy II Nova, 1968-1969 El Camino, or the 1969 Chevelle and mounts a RetroSound® 4″ x 10″ Dash Speaker. The RS-SB02 is for classic GM, Chevrolet, and Pontiac vehicles from the ’60s and ’70s, also designed for mounting a RetroSound 4″ x 10″ Dash Speaker.

The RS-SB03, like the RS-SB01 and RS-SB02, mounts an 4″ x 10″ Dash Speaker but is not vehicle specific, fitting a wider variety of classics. The RS-SB04 is for classic cars and trucks with a 5″ x 7″ Dash Speaker. The RS-SB03 Speaker Mount will be on display this year as a featured product in the New Product Showcase at the SEMA 2022 show.

These new Speaker Mounts are available now at www.retromanufacturing.com.

2023 Top 50 Retailer Rewards Themselves with DSP Training

MESA, AZ, November 28, 2022 — MSC America, distributor of high end car audio brands Brax, Helix, Match and BLAM announced today that Vernon’s Signature Audio from Lubbock, Tx attended a special training designed to increase their knowledge of the company’s DSP based products and how to use their proprietary tools.

Utilizing innovative training tools such as a Personal Tuning Station, consisting of a Helix DSP Mini connected to a pair of headphones, allowed each attendee to make adjustments via a laptop computer and hear the effect in real time. In comparison to simply being told about the effect of time alignment or reading about which crossover type to use, this method allows the attendee to actually hear the audible difference that each tuning decision makes, such as adjusting EQ bars up and down to hear how it changes the sound of an instrument.

After having a much clearer understanding of the function of the DSP tools, each attendee was able to put that knowledge to use in a real world situation, by tuning an actual vehicle, which technician Lazaro Cantu said was his favorite part of the training. Taking turns, each attendee walked through the step by step “Tuning for Profit” process developed by MSC to produce the best possible results, reliably and efficiently until they each felt comfortable enough to reproduce those same results in their customers’ cars.

Members of the Vernon’s Signature Audio crew from Lubbock TX are flanked by MSC team members in the Mesa AZ US headquarters.

“The goal of providing this level of personalized training,” said MSC Vice President Jason Digos “is to equip the dealers with not only the knowledge, but also the experience they need to start implementing the process as soon as they get home. Without hands-on experience, attendees often forget what they’ve learned before they get a chance to use it!”

After having spent years utilizing only some of the features available in Audiotec Fischer Digital Signal Processors, the team at Vernon’s Signature Audio said that on a scale of 1-10, their confidence in their tuning ability went from a 1 to an 8 because of the 1.5 days spent with MSC.

“I didn’t want to damage anything” Mike Martinez, a senior technician said of the reason why they would use only the basic features of the DSP before, “but now that I know we can simply undo any changes we make using the Time Machine tool, I am much more willing to experiment with all of the features of the DSP!”

When asked what was the first thing they were going to do with their newly acquired knowledge when they got back to work, their answers ranged from tuning their personal vehicle to taking on more responsibility in their installs and calling in previous customers for a fresh tune. But one thing that Co-owner Leon Winchester and the team from Vernon’s Signature Audio agreed on, was that this was the best training they’d ever been to, pointing them in the direction in which “the industry is heading.”

If you would like to visit the MSC America office for training, please call Jason or Matt at 480.372.2929 or email sales@msc-america.com.

BestCarAudio.com and Sony Car Audio To Give Away Over $12,500 in Sony Mobile ES Products

November 28, 2022, Lehighton, PA – 1sixty8 media, the publisher of BestCarAudio.com, is pleased to announce the launch of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. In conjunction with Sony Car Audio, BestCarAudio.com will be giving away over $12,500 in Sony Mobile ES equipment in the days leading up to Christmas.

“Our generous sponsors have been donating products for our giveaways on BestCarAudio.com for some time, but the 12 Days of Christmas promotion will be something really special,” said Mitch Schaffer, founder of 1sixty8 media. “Sony’s forward-thinking approach to business and their generosity are a breath of fresh air. We are excited to be part of this promotion and to be a small part of building brand awareness for the exciting new Sony Mobile ES line.”

This is not the first time Sony has sponsored a promotional giveaway with BestCarAudio.com. “This summer, we gave away an XAV-9500ES and had over 10,000 entries,” Schaffer said. “We expect this promotion to blow the lid off of that one!”

Anthony Tozzi, Distribution Account Manager for Sony Car Audio in North America, said, “We have been sponsoring BestCarAudio.com for several years and find it a great place to put our brand in front of interested consumers. As we add more products to our Sony Mobile ES line, we wanted an opportunity to make a big splash. I reached out to Mitch and we created the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.”

Consumers may enter the contest at https://www.BestCarAudio.com/12-days-of-christmas from November 14 through December 23rd, 2022. Starting December 12, 2022, a winner will be chosen every day for 12 days. The value of each prize will increase during the 12 days, culminating with a full Sony Mobile ES system, including professional installation. The top prize is valued at over $6,000, and the total value of all prizes exceeds $12,500. A complete list of prizes can be found at https://www.BestCarAudio.com/bestcaraudio-and-sony-car-audio-launch-12-days-of-christmas-giveaway.

For more information contact Mitch Schaffer at 570-656-6900 or mitch@1sixty8.com.

Audiomobile Ships “4K HD” Encore Series Subwoofers

Las Vegas, NV – (November 23, 2022) – Audiomobile is pleased to announce the initial deliveries of their latest ‘Advanced Technology’ car audio subwoofers – the Encore 44 Series. Over 3-years in development, new Encore series represents an “Industry First” product, as the first 1,000 watt, low-profile series of car audio subwoofers.

Featuring a totally new platform, the Encore builds upon the technologies of the original Elite series, but features an array of unique, innovative technical improvements, developed over the past several years, borrowing from proven technologies, originally developed for use in high-power ‘Prosound’ subwoofers.

The Encore series represents Audiomobile’s first 1,000 watt subwoofer design, and features an array of advanced, unique performance technologies, including huge, OFC dual voice coil, on a TIL high-power former. To handle this extreme thermal load the Encore is features both upper and lower alloy “Shorting Rings” (‘FSD’), as well as the unique radial “ICAR” Intercooling plate, to provide unparalleled conduction cooling and remarkably low-inductance, regardless of the voice coil position.

Featuring an unprecedented performance-envelope, in a ‘low-profile’ driver, the new Encore series delivers a remarkable 19 mm linear Xmax, Klippel verified and will handle over 1,000 watts RMS. This is only made possible by the combined horizontal and vertical “SuperCool” (Stasis Uni-Polar Endo-Radial) technology. This truly unique, vertical cooling design, represents a quantum-leap in convection-cooling of subwoofer motors, as it allows direct, high-velocity air-flow over the coil windings, unlike traditional axial-pole vent designs, which do not actually provide effective voice coil cooling.

The 4K series also features include the proprietary, patent-pending “ICAR” Intercooler as well as the unique, Aluminum “FSD” (Flux Stabilization Device), which together serve to significantly lower inductance, reduces Intermodulation distortion and virtually eliminates power-compression. This all translates to greater output and higher power-handling.

  • Unique ‘T-shaped’ extended magnetic-gap, with extended Aluminum ‘Shorting Ring’ crown.
  • Patent-pending ‘ICAR’ Aluminum Intercooler, reduces power-compression and distortion
  • Proprietary “SuperCool” motor venting delivers high-velocity, direct voice coil forced-air cooling
  • Premium Composite Laminated, Curvilinear profile, sandwich cone, with Carbon Fiber dust-cap
  • Unique CNC machined, “Diamond-cut” low-carbon steel motor, with polished clear Zinc plating

This unprecedented combination of features allows for up to 4,000 watt (‘4 Kw’) musicpower peaks, but was designed to perform optimally in both sealed and vented enclosures, from .80 cf to 1.25 cf (for the 4412 and 4415 respectively).

Additional features include high-performance suspension features a heavy-duty, premium EROM surround, and large flat-spider, with ‘in-line’ lead wires, to allow up to 2-inches of peak to peak excursion provided by the unique motor. This performance is packaged in a very compact 4.9” and 5.9” mounting-depth, making the Encore series the longest excursion, “low-profile” subwoofer on the market. The Encore series starts at $650 MSRP. Please visit Facebook.com/Audiomobile.net for more information.

LAST DAY TO ENTER!!! Winners will be drawn tomorrow!

FINAL DAY TO ENTER for a chance to win the Ultimate Fab Experience! 2x lucky winners (1x from Canada, 1x from USA) will receive an all-inclusive trip to the 2023 Mastertech Expo in Mesa, Arizona including flights, accommodations, meals and full-access training program.

2 LUCKY WINNERS WILL BE DRAWN: 1x Winner from the United States and 1x Winner from Canada

Contest is open to verified North American 12-volt industry installers and fabricators only. Not available to residents of Quebec.

Contest Duration: Friday August 5th, 2022 and runs until Wednesday November 23rd, 2022 (midnight tonight)

Winners will be drawn live and announced on air during our final CMA Roundtable Episode on Wednesday, November 23rd at 8pm ET. Good luck to all participants!!!

REGISTER HERE:
https://cmanetworks.com/giveaway/

Introducing the RetroSound® Europa, an authentic aftermarket radio for 1960s-1970s Classic Mercedes Vehicles

The RetroSound® Europa is an all-new design by Retro Manufacturing inspired by the sophisticated style found in the 1960s-1970s Mercedes vehicles. The replica knobs, large push-buttons, elegant chrome trim, and pinstriping perfectly complement the interior style of theseclassic Mercedes vehicles while updating their audio technologies to today’s standards. A new DIN-Kit is included with the Europa Radio Face to provide an easy installation and OEM appearance. The DIN kit also allows the Europa to be installed in any application with a single DIN opening making it a great choice for other European classics from the era that originally had a single DIN radio.

The Europa is compatible with all RetroSound Radio Motors giving Mercedes fans all the features of a modern car stereo. Available features include HD-Radio® technology, built-in Bluetooth®, Made for iPod® /iPhone® compatibility, USB inputs for flash drives and media devices, and non-volatile memory. The Europa is SiriusXM-Ready® connecting directly to an SXV300V1 Connect Vehicle Tuner without needing special cables or adapters. The SXV300V1 tuner adds SiriusXM® broadcasts to a RetroSound radio and integrates with the radio’s display and controls. The 32,000-color display allows users to browse through media by artist, song title, or album, with the option to customize the display color to match their gauges. A selectable AM/FM Tuner with USA, EUR, AUS, JAP, and RUS tuner frequencies lets users set their specific broadcast region, with 30 presets to store favorite stations. The Europa is also available with DAB+ for consumers outside North America and receives crystal clear digital broadcasts in regions where DAB+ is available. A powerful built-in 300-watt (peak) amplifier pushes plenty of power over four channels with RCA pre-outs and a subwoofer output for customers that want to expand their audio system further.

The Europa Radio will be available in 2023 at http://www.retromanufacturing.com.

SEMA Announces Battle of the Builders Top 12 Finalists

LAS VEGAS (November 4, 2022) — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced the Top 12 finalists in the 2022 SEMA Battle of the Builders sponsored by Mothers Polishes competition, the event that determines the builder the aftermarket community considers the best. These builders represent an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated extreme talent, creativity, and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks, and SUVs.

The 2022 Battle of the Builders Top 12 finalists are:

HOT ROD/HOT ROD TRUCK
Ringbrothers – 1948 Chevrolet Pickup Loadmaster
Tyler Nelson – 1958 Ford F100
Tim Devlin – 1934 Chevrolet Roadster 

SPORT COMPACT/IMPORT PERFORMANCE
TJ Russel – 1991 Porsche 911 BAJA
Shawn Bassett – 1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R
CJ Pullman – 1977 Ford pinto

OFF-ROAD
Ringbrothers – 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
Cody Dabney – 1970 Ford F-250
Greg Ward – 1971 Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser

YOUNG GUNS
Cameron Cocalis – 2015 Scion Fr-s
Austin Phipps – 1966 Chevrolet Nova
Josh Michels – 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

Industry experts narrowed the field to select the Top 12 finalists, who are set now to judge one another live on the SEMA Show floor (in the North Hall, Booth #10139) to determine the Top 4 finalists.

The SEMA Battle of the Builders sponsored by Mothers Polishes continues to be a major event at annual SEMA Shows.

PowerBass Timmy Fresh Brand & Metallica Donate in the Booth to Help Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation

LAS VEGAS NV (11.04.22) PowerBass is proud to partner with friends at T-FRESH / TIMMY FRESH BRAND custom bicycles and their Metallica Themed Charity Auction Bike! The Timmy Fresh Metallica bike has been added as a charity raffle item for the All Within My Hands Foundation to be given away at the Helping Hands Concert & Auction in Los Angeles December 16th!

Athena and Sarah (R) are pictured in the PowerBass SEMA booth with the Metallica ‘All Within My Hands’ Charity bike build by Timmy Fresh Brand Bikes. The PowerBass BT-200 portable Bluetooth speaker is installed on the bike.

All Within My Hands is a non-profit, philanthropic organization created by the members and management of Metallica, dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services.

The Timmy Fresh Brand Bike for the Metallica All Within My Hands Foundation in the PowerBass booth at setup.

See the Metallica Bike on display in the PowerBass Booth and see the new Timmy Fresh Bike mounts for the PowerBass BT-200 SPLIT Portable Bluetooth Speaker keeping your music secure so the ride keeps on rocking!

For more see powerbassusa.com

Don’t Miss Pennzoil Dare to Perform, SEMA Electrified, TIS Off-Road and Lifestyle Showcase, OPTIMA Village

LAS VEGAS (11/02/2022) – The Pennzoil “Dare to Perform” Experience at the 2022 SEMA Show combines fun, energetic entertainment with industry education that will help professionals in the automotive aftermarket.

Showgoers can connect with Pennzoil scientists, industry personalities, professional drivers and automotive builders, including John Hennessey, Chelsea DeNofa, Austin Cindric, Vaughn Gittin Jr., Adam LZ, Larry Chen, Rhys Millen, Federico Sceriffo, Joey Logano and more.

Vehicles on display at the booth include Hennessey Performance’s Venom F5 Roadster; the Pennzoil Yellow Submarine; Chelsea DeNofa’s Ford Mustang Formula DRIFT Car; Rod Millen’s Toyota Tacoma from Pike’s Peak; Federico Sceriffo’s Ferrari Formula DRIFT car, aka ‘Fiorella’; Expedition Overland’s Toyota Tacoma ‘Raven’; The Koester Racing Tractor; and Johnny Grunwald’s ’94 Pennzoil Mazda RX7.

Games and contests are taking place at Pennzoil’s “Dare to Perform” Experience.

SEMA Electrified
The expanded SEMA Electrified section of the Show is located in the North Hall and features the latest advancements in EV technology for new products and conversions.

TIS Off-Road and Lifestyle Showcase
TIS Off-Road, led by urban car scene veteran and iconic entrepreneur Myles Kovacs, brought its Off-Road and Lifestyle Showcase to the 2022 SEMA Show. Attendees will be able to experience segments of car culture never before seen at the SEMA Show, including Low Rider Hopping, Mini Truck Bed Dancing and Truck Drifting. The exhibit also features more than 55 of the world’s top show trucks set to make their debut. See the automotive works of art performing daily at the 2022 SEMA Show.

Optima Village
The OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) action-packed excitement is available to attendees in the SEMA Show’s Bronze Lot, located in the outdoor area south of South Hall. Catch three of the five segments of the competition. The Peak Performance Challenge and the Lingenfelter Design & Engineering Challenge took place for the first time at the 2021 SEMA Show. The two segments return to this year and will be joined by the SEMA Show debut of the competition’s Autocross portion.

See New UTV and Golf Cart LEDs from Metra PowerSports at SEMA

Holly Hill, Fla. – November 3, 2022 – Metra PowerSports ® by Metra Electronics ® will showcase a new Chasing LED Underglow Lighting Kit and a 3ft Chasing LED Whip Light designed to add brilliant lighting to UTVs and golf carts at SEMA 2022. These products install easily to provide fast and durable lighting solutions. They work with the Heise Connect Chasing Controller to allow users to control their LEDs from the palm of their hand when paired with the Heise Connect smartphone app.

3ft Chasing LED Whip Light
The MPS-CHWP-1 is designed for ATVs, UTVs, dune buggies, and other powersports applications. It is strong enough to withstand some of the most extreme off-roading environments with an IP67 rating. In addition, it is stylish yet durable, constructed with a weather-resistant polyolefin cover and a bendable polycarbonate core that is virtually unbreakable.

Chasing LED Underglow Lighting Kit
The MPS-UNDG-KT1 includes (4) 9” and (2) 28” sealed polycarbonate LED tubes, mounting hardware, a Heise Connect Chasing Controller, RF card remote, and extension cables to make installation easy. The Chasing tube layout was designed to separate the left and right sides of the vehicle so that when a pattern is selected within the app, that lighting pattern will track down each side of the vehicle with the same timing. Additionally, the turn signals are zoned so that they have independent left and right triggers.

Heise Connect Chasing Controller
This controller provides 12volt triggers for the option to turn lights red when the vehicle is braking and amber for turn signal indication. Users can choose from 170+ color-changing patterns using the Heise Connect smartphone app with DIY lighting patterns, music sync, and more.

These products will be on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center at Metra’s 2022 SEMA Show booths, November 1st-4th. The main booth will be #11139 in the North Hall, and its off-roading and powersports products will be on display at booth #60031 in the West Hall. More product details will be available at MetraPowerSports.com soon after the show.