PHOENIX, AZ (02.26.2021) – MiTek Corporation has announced the hiring of ROCK-N-REV Sales & Marketing to represent MTX Audio in the Midwest states.
Long time industry veteran Jeff (Boody) Budin will service MTX in the states of NE, IA, KS, MO, and Southern IL.
“Jeff is no stranger to the MTX family and we’re happy to welcome him back.” stated MiTek Director of Sales and Marketing Jason Fickas, “The timing couldn’t be better. With Jeff’s strict focus on dealer support and a history of territory development along with our aggressive product plans, the coming years will be very exciting together”
MTX remains one of the most iconic brands in the 12-Volt Industry and now with strict MAP Policies in place it’s easy to see why the company sees a bright future with Budin back at the helm.
TEMPE, AZ (02.25.2021) – Rockford Fosgate has announced that the new Motorsports Can Speakers have started to ship to authorized retail stores. M2WL-65MB and M0WL-65MB are shipping now with the M1WL-65MB expected to ship in March.
Designed rugged and rock solid, the new line-up of 6.5-inch Motorsports Cans is built for true outdoor audio performance. All models are engineered for the perfect fit and finish with customized features including a universal clamping system that fits 1 to 2-inch round bars as well as 360-degree rotating logos on the rear of the can.
To ensure efficient and secure plug and play connectivity, Deutsch connectors are integrated into the design on all Rockford Fosgate MotoCan speakers. An IPX6 certification verifying that these components withstand water, sand, dirt, mud, and harsh UV rays, makes these purpose-built Element Ready drivers capable of performing in any motorsports environment.
The M1 and M2 models are equipped with Color Optix RGB LED Lighting and are designed to pair with the Color Optix Controller and RF Connect App for complete lighting command at your fingertips. The 360-degree rotating rear logo is also illuminated by RGB LED lighting on these models.
MERRITT ISLAND, FL (02.25.2021) – AccuAir Suspension, maker of next generation air suspension control products, has launched the ePlus air management system app. The new app allows users of AccuAir Suspension e-LEVEL+ Air Management System products to control the ride height of their car or truck from a smartphone, eliminating the need for a secondary control source.
Traditionally, e-LEVEL+ products required the use of a handheld remote to manage the height-based electronic leveling process. The new ePlus app, powered by Bluetooth 5.0, works in partnership with, or independently of the secondary control source.
“AccuAir is continuously focused on delivering next generation air suspension control, and the launch of the ePlus app is the latest result,” said Ryan Rutledge, AccuAir Suspension director of controls. “We’re proud to be launching this app as our first re-emergence into the market since being acquired by Arnott LLC. AccuAir customers have waited some time for this app, and we’re confident that all of the features we’ve packed into it will provide the convenience and control they’re looking for.”
Some of the key features of the ePlus app include:
• Real-Time Height Streaming • Manual Controls • Over-the-Air Updates • Valet Mode Setting • No Height Sensor Mode • Recalibration “LITE” • Service Routines • System Diagnostic • ECU Backlighting • Password Protection
Real-time height streaming provides a live display of the percentage of suspension travel for each individual corner, along with the target height when the system is in position with RideMonitor. This accurate depiction of air ride height streaming allows users to visualize their system in real time.
System diagnostic helps aide users in the height sensor installation process, often one of the most difficult parts of the system to install. This screen provides a live view of the system voltages (pressure sensor, height sensors, battery) while allowing for manual adjustments. Additionally, it indicates if calibration is complete, number of corners attached, ignition state and handbrake state.
ECU backlighting allows a user to change the color and brightness of the integrated ECU LEDs, providing the ability to customize the light color of your secondary control unit.
The highly anticipated ePlus app, available on both Android and Apple devices, is cross-functional with AccuAir systems that run with or without height sensors.
STILLWATER, OK (02.24.2021) – This weekend KICKER Audio will sponsor the Lone Star Throwdown (LST) for the sixth straight year. The show will take place Feb 26-28 at the Lone Star Expo Center in Conroe, Texas, and though KICKER will not have the physical presence it once had, the brand will still be represented by award-winning show trucks.
A past “Top 100” award winner, KICKER’s own Tim Smith will take his custom 1994 Chevy C1500 to the show. A member of KICKER’s Special Projects team, Smith runs a pair of KICKER IQ1000.5 5-channel amplifiers, KICKER Q-Class component speakers and KICKER CompRT slim subwoofers as the cornerstone of his system.
On behalf of KICKER, LST promoters will offer credit of up to $2000 in KICKER audio equipment to a pair of lucky winners as part of show prize giveaways.
“One system always goes to the person that gets the ‘Hard-Luck Award’,” said Jarrod Dunahoo, one of the Showdown organizers. “The other system, in our travels throughout the weekend, we try to find a vehicle that could actually use a system. We call that the ‘Promoter’s Pick’.”
During the 10th anniversary of the popular show, more than 2,000 show cars have already pre-registered. LST officials anticipate attendance exceeding 15,000 people this year, with Top 100 and Best-of-Show awards being presented, along with a number of other cash prizes.
TEMPE, AZ (02.24.2021) – Rockford Fosgate the industry leader in high-performance audio systems, is now shipping the 5-channel and mono-block model of the new M5 amplifier line. The 800-watt 4-channel is expected to begin shipping in March.
IPX6 rated, the M5 amplifiers are purpose-built to stand up to the outdoor environment, including water, dust, mud, and UV rays so that they perform in all marine, motorcycle, and motorsports installations. All are equipped with a full complement of smart features like C.L.E.A.N. technology for fast and accurate setup, “auto-sense” turn-on for use with high level inputs, and a top mounted control panel sealed by a smoked plexiglass cover completing the amps sleek industrial look.
If the amplifier is being installed into one of Rockford’s new Polaris RZR or Can-am Maverick X3 stage kits set-up is incredibly simple out of the box with the preset switch in the on position no settings or adjustments are needed. Simply flip the switch to the off position to customize set-up for all other applications.
The new M5 series amplifiers are the first in Rockford’s portfolio to carry a dynamic output power rating in line with the updated CTA-2006 standard measured to simulate real world music applications.
HOLLY HILL, FL (02.23.2021) – Saddle Tramp by Metra Electronics is now shipping six different easy-to-install LED lighting products designed for motorcycles. The front fork and saddlebag LED accent lights are designed specifically for 2014-up* Harley-Davidson Touring models (FLH and FLT). The new turn signal lights, a three-way switchback LED projector light, and flexible LED lighting strips will fit almost any motorcycle and are in stock now, adding to the extensive line of aftermarket motorcycle accessories from Saddle Tramp.
Front Fork LED Accent Lights for Harley-Davidson
New Saddle Tramp front fork accent lights look like they are part of the original design for 2014-up* Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycles. The BC-BFKC adds a red two-stage LED light to the front wheel that illuminates for the running and turn signal light. It is painted with a matching vivid black color and covers the factory axle nuts, creating a smooth look to blend seamlessly with the motorcycle’s contour. Stainless mounting hardware is included and wires are covered in protective cloth tape for added protection.
Saddlebag LED Accent Lights for Harley-Davidson
The BC-SBMKL is pair of white LED accent lights for the bottom side saddlebag on 2014-up* Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycles with hard saddlebags. The light strip is painted with the same signature vivid black color and has a smoked lens. The LED light strip mounts with 3M double-sided tape for easy installation.
Sequential LED Turn Signal Lights
Saddle Tramp has two new universal LED turn signal lights, the 3-inch BC-STS3 and the 3.5-inch BC-STS1. Each part is sold as a set of two turn signals that features 12 amber LEDs per light with an energy-efficient current consumption. The BC-STS3 is mounted with adhesive and the BC-STS1 mounts by drilling a hole in the fairing using the nut and bolt to mount securely to the motorcycle.
Low Beam, Spot, and Fog LED Switchback Projector Light
The BC-LBFL is a 30-watt LED projector light that can switch between three lighting modes; low beam, fog light, and strobe light, for a versatile auxiliary lighting solution. The universal clamp mount design makes it easy to install onto almost any motorcycle and it has 1,200 raw lumens.
Flexible Rubber Stop, Turn, and Running LED Light
The BC-LPBST is a 7.7-inch flexible rubber LED strip that has 16 amber LEDs, (8 per side), and 33 red LEDs for stop, turn, and running light functions. This light provides an affordable and easy way to quickly add additional visibility for riders on any motorcycle. It has hardwired connections and is rated IP67.
All of these solutions are in stock and shipping now from Metra’s Saddle Tramp brand. *See MetraOnline.com for up-to-date, vehicle specific information and more details.
DANIA BEACH, FL (02.23.2021) – HKI USA, the US importer for Ground Zero car audio products, is proud to be able to say that the new Uranium line of component speakers is here.
Starting with the GZUK 165SQ midbass, this all new 6.5” driver has an underhung neo motor with a 2” coil paired with a damped aluminum cone allowing this driver to dig deep and maintain a smooth response through its frequency range.
The new GZUM 80SQ midrange fits in line as a small version of the 6.5” midbass, with its matching motor and cone, making for a well rounded midrange, while it’s 3.15” diameter and small motor structure helps it fit in various applications.
The all new GZUT 28SQ tweeter has a tuned open back neo motor that gives us a distortion free response down to its crossover frequency blending perfectly with the GZUK midbass driver in a 2-way application, while the coated silk dome maintains detail and excitement when rounding out a 3-way setup.
“We have been looking forward to this collection of drivers for quite some time. These are some of the most exciting components I’ve experienced in quite some time,” stated Jacob Brown of HKI USA.
This series is available A La Carte to our network of direct retailers. While passive crossover networks, tailored to work with these drivers, will be available shortly, we are also excited to be announcing another option to the mix and more information on that will be coming shortly.
HICKSVILLE, OH (02.22.2021) – The Wholesale House Inc, (TWH) recently closed the books on a record setting 2020 and are excited to issue a multi-million dollar payout to the staff this month. This marks the 5th consecutive year of distributing a percentage of their net profit to employees.
Owners Steve and Mary Height stated, “We made changes in key management positions a few years ago and the business has gone to the next level with record setting years. We are proud to be able to share our continued success with our dedicated team members who work tirelessly to make TWH a leader in the industry. Our staff is committed to providing a variety of 12Volt electronics and consumer products, with unmatched service to our thousands of dealers nationwide.”
President Mark Yoder stated, “This past year presented many unique challenges and our crew stepped up in a big way. We are thrilled to be able to reward that tremendous effort. We are grateful for our loyal team members, who along with our business partners, have pushed us to a record year.”
The profit sharing program was established in 2016 by the Heights and in 5 years has distributed over 5.7 million dollars to TWH employees. “An exciting component has been added this year in addition to the very large cash payouts. TWH is making considerable contributions to all employees’ 401K accounts,” stated VP/CFO Bob Weatherhead. “This benefit combination rewards the team members right now, as well as with their future financial needs.”
The Wholesale House is a distributor of 12Volt electronics and consumer products headquartered in Hicksville, Ohio, with a distribution warehouse in Jacksonville, Florida.
SOUTHFIELD, MI (02.22.2021) – Brandmotion has released the latest in its popular SummitView series of off-road camera systems. The SUTV-2010 and SUTV-2020 products come with a high-definition 1080p resolution monitor and camera system for clear, crisp video — making it easier to navigate with confidence.
Tear up the trails safely with the SummitView UTV Rear Vision System. This must-have offroading backup system easily mounts to the rear of any off-road vehicle.
LONG BEACH, CA (02.19.2021) – KENWOOD is pleased to announce that its oldest dealer in America is turning 50! Duke’s Car Stereo proudly represents KENWOOD as its top selling brand, along with many other excellent 12-volt brands, with locations throughout the mid-Michigan area, covering Flint, Saginaw, and Bay City.
Originally named Duke’s Tape Shack in 1970 by its founder Duke Evans, the company has grown from a 2-bay gas station selling 8-track tapes to a 4-store operation. During the last 50 years Duke’s has become a reputable name throughout the mobile electronics industry, winning many awards along the way.
Over the years, Duke’s has gone through changes in staff and management. Now in its 50th year of service, Evan’s vision continues with a new generation of leadership. Mark Cormier, the current owner/operator, was hired by Evans personally in 1977. Cormier recalls Evan’s leadership and guidance in overcoming challenges and adapting to grow the business while catering to their local markets. Along with former partners Jim Crary and Dave Barclay, both of whom are enjoying their retirements, Duke’s has grown into the successful business it is today.
Currently selling a full line of KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon products, Duke’s specializes in the mobile electronics business providing installations ranging from basic speaker replacement to high-end systems in automobiles, boats, motorcycles and ATVs, etc. Along with car audio, Duke’s carries complete lines of remote starters, driver safety systems, window tint, and a wide variety of other 12-volt products.
Cormier attributes their long-term success to their employees, some who have been with the company for over 40 years! They have teamed up to build the KENWOOD name in the Mid-Michigan area while selling every model KENWOOD has ever produced. Navigating the Covid-19 pandemic, Duke’s has again proven to adjust and adapt in order to continue providing their customers with high levels of service.
As their previous independent KENWOOD Sales Representative, Tim Hill (current Midwest Sales Manager for KENWOOD) stated, “The biggest thing that Duke’s has done over the years is to offer great value and exceptional customer service. Everyone leaves happy.”