Team Sales & Trent Partners Earn JVC Rep Firm of the Year Awards

LONG BEACH, CA (02.04.23) – JVC Mobile Entertainment has announced its sales rep firm of the year awards during their annual sales rep meeting held on Thursday, 2-2 at the Paris Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.  Earning the top sales rep firm for the Western territory was Team Sales, with Trent Partners commanding the Eastern territory.

Team Sales & Marketing (based in Katy, TX), brings their A-Game every day, said Ron Trout, JVC Director of Sales.  “They have a plan to be successful and work this plan. They consistently focus on effective communication, both upstream and downstream.”

“Trent Partners & Associates (based in Rockville Centre, NY), has an all-hands-on-deck approach,” said Steve Cote, JVC Eastern Regional Sales Manager. “Everyone in the organization works to make JVC successful in the Metro NY market. They are engaged with our customers and help them meet their objectives with JVC, every day.”  

“JVC takes pride in the service and support given to all of its dealers by its nationwide network of trusted sales rep firm’s professionals,” added Trout.  “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of all and look forward to a bright and productive year ahead!”

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Nakamichi to Debut Ultra Small Subwoofer at KnowledgeFest

LAS VEGAS, NV (02.03.23) – Nakamichi is pleased to introduce its latest mini active subwoofer, the NBF17.0A, at KnowledgeFest. The diminutive enclosure uses a unique 6.5” square driver with die cast basket that is integrated into the black crinkle finish aluminum enclosure. The unit boasts a built-in 100W RMS Mosfet amplifier with a full complement of preamp controls that allow you to dial in the sound. A heavy duty protective metal mesh grill completes the compact package. Frequency response is listed at 30Hz-180Hz

NBF17.0A Features Include:

6.5-inch Square Subwoofer
Active Mosfet Amplifier N-Power Rated 100W RMS
Die Cast Aluminum Enclosure
High or Low Level Input (High Level Auto Turn-on Circuit)
0-12 dB Variable Bass Boost
50Hz – 180Hz Variable Low Pass Filter
Selectable 0/180 Phase Switch

A wired remote bass controller is included so the sub’s volume can be adjusted from the driver’s set. This smallest in class subwoofer footprint measures just 9-5/8”L x 7-1/8”W x 2-7/8”H and can be placed under most seats or just about anywhere.

The NBF17.0A amplified enclosure will be shipping later this month and carries a MSRP of $309.95.

For more information visit or booth 617 at KnowledgeFest inside the Paris Las Vegas convention hall February 3-6.

The 12volt Central Studios Takes the 12volt STP Tool to the Next Level… In Your Company’s Studio

SHREVEPORT, LA (02.02.23) – Creating the 12voltSTP Tool was another example of making it easy for industry members to deliver their company’s brand message and activities to the 12volt industry. With a smartphone it’s as easy as Snap, Txt, Presto. Snap an image and Txt it to 318-465-0844. PRESTO. 12volt Central Studios staff members can deliver your message via social media to the 12volt industry.

Recent posts created for Shiflet & Dickson and QPower showcase the power of the STP Tool. In these cases David Holland and Matt Bund, respectively, held a company product. A staff member snapped an image that was sent by txt to the 12volt Central Studios.

Once the image was received that product was featured in the company’s studio created by 12volt Central Studios staff members.

In today’s business climate it is more important than ever to deliver information about a company’s product and its benefit in the marketplace.

Watch for much more from the 12volt Central Studios as more custom company studios are created.

RDV Automotive Technology Partners with Importel Ltd for Distribution Across Canada

POMPANO BEACH, FL (02.02.23) – RDV Automotive Technology the go to company for Wireless CarPlay integration is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with Importel LTD to stock and distribute the RDV Automotive Technology line of products throughout Canada.

Rich De Sclafani the owner of RDV Automotive Technology said about the new partnership: I am immensely happy to have partnered with Importel LTD. They are a great company that represent top brands in 12volt and are a group of amazing people. I couldn’t be happier with them representing my brand. I am especially looking forward to attending the CMA event with Importel LTD in March to showcase our product line”

Importel Ltd a leader in mobile electronics distribution industry in Canada is exited to partner with RDV Automotive Technologies and bring the industry leading Wireless CarPlay Integration to our market.

Kelly Holley, the Director of Sales for Importel Ltd states “It is exciting to work with Rich (De Sclafani) once again. His focus to delivering the “best” products and support is unrivaled in the industry.”

Importel is now shipping the RDV Automotive Technology products from both our Eastern and Western warehouses. Please visit us a for more details.

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KENWOOD Releases Its First-Ever 10.1” HD Floating Panel RV/Trucker Navigation Receiver

LONG BEACH, CA (02.01.23) – KENWOOD US is announcing a “MEGA” upgrade for RV and large truck owners. Its new DNR1008RVS is a 10.1” high-definition floating panel navigation receiver that has been designed and optimized specifically for use in recreational vehicles and trucks.

The large 10.1” display on the DNR1008RVS has over 2x the actual viewing area of a typical 7” display.  It employs a “Bonded Optical Display” to further enhance its high-definition 1280 x 720 (720P) capacitive touch panel, providing vivid colors and high contrast.  Optical Clear Adhesive is added between the touch screen and the LCD to eliminate the air layer and suppress light reflection and glare. This revolutionary feature enhances contrast and brightness, maintaining the very best display visibility in various vehicle environments. Its floating panel design also consists of a 3-way adjustable display: 2 positions Forward/Backward (fixed by screws), 4 positions Up/Down (fixed by screws), and user-adjustable tilt by -10° to +45°.

By leveraging the power and simplicity of Garmin® navigation, its RV/Trucker-specific features include:

  • RV & TRUCK SETTINGS PROFILE: Vehicle-specific settings such as Width, Length, Height, Gross Weight, Number of Trailers, etc. can be input to improve map routing performance.
  • RV & TRUCK SEARCH MODES:  RV or Truck selectable search modes include popular queries such as PlanRV Services, PlanRV Parks, Campground or RV Park, TruckDown, and Trucking search selections.
  • BRIDGE HEIGHT WARNINGS:  Bridge clearance alerts will be displayed based on the vehicle profile information that has been entered into the receiver. Bridges that are lower than the vehicle

profile setting will be avoided on the recommended route automatically.

The navigation screen can even be displayed on a secondary monitor, such as an above-mounted television, by using the receiver’s AV-Output and a composite video cable (sold separately). Garmin enhancements also include 3D building and landmark on-screen map display, life-like terrain views, photo real junction view (displaying what complex interchanges look like before you arrive), 3 years of Garmin map care, KENWOOD Traffic Powered by INRIX® services, and more precise location positioning, With built-in Garmin mapping, the navigation routing will continue to work in areas with no or low GPS signals, such as tunnels and rural areas, providing the best overall navigation experience.

Flexibility and control are especially important in larger trucks and RVs. The DNR1008RVS is compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ via either a wireless or USB wired connection. Phone display options also include screen mirroring with touch control over a wireless connection for compatible Android® devices, as well as an HDMI™ input. It has 4 camera inputs, enabling the connection of a variety of camera configurations, including KENWOOD’s CMOS-740HD high-definition camera, on-screen viewing angle touch control with KENWOOD’s CMOS-320 camera, and connectivity to KENWOOD’s proprietary DRV-N520, a high-resolution dash camera and safety system that provides footage playback and control directly through the KENWOOD receiver.

The display’s home screen is comprised of a Source Control and Driving Widget, allowing the selection of a clock, compass, or equalizer setting, etc., while the background allows a selection of navigation, album art, audio visualizer, or photos.  Photos and wallpaper can easily be customized over a connected phone’s Bluetooth connection, thanks to the KENWOOD Portal App. Additional basic-function control is available via the KENWOOD Remote App S.

The DNR1008RVS also has a data port that is compatible with the Automotive Data Solutions® iDatalink® Maestro RR and RR2.  Select vehicle communication bus systems can benefit from this connection by providing additional data and information to the user, along with the ability to trigger 12-volt accessories such as lighting, electronic locks, etc. (RR2 only). 

Sound quality and performance are also unparalleled in its class, incorporating tuned audiophile-grade components, 3 sets of 4-volt pre-outs, a 13 Band EQ with time alignment, parametric EQ, 3-way crossover, and dual-zone A/V controls. High-Resolution Audio is supported over its USB connection. High-Resolution Audio is high-quality sound that far exceeds CD standards and can play 192kHz / 24bit sampling DSP. It captures and beautifully expresses details and nuances from ultra-high to low frequencies. The DNR1008RVS is also SiriusXM-Ready® (SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner and subscription sold separately), providing access to over 150 channels of the widest variety of ad-free music, plus entertainment, news, comedy and sports you won’t hear anywhere else.

For more information on KENWOOD and the DNR1008RVS, please visit its web page here:

Audiomobile Ships “Evo Series” 2.0 Slimline Subwoofers 

LAS VEGAS, NV (2.01.23) – Audiomobile is pleased to announce the initial deliveries of their latest ‘Advanced Technology’ car audio subwoofers – the Evo 2410. Now in its 6th year, the refreshed Evo series drivers now feature an array of additional upgrades, including bolt-thru spider platform, as well as improved Shaped Manifold Gap (‘SMG’) motor vents, and include multi-layer OFC VC (up to 50% larger diameter, compared to other “thin” woofer designs), delivering class-leading power-handling of 600 watts RMS (1,200 watts ‘Musicpower’).

Evo Series features “best in class” performance envelope, including up to 16.1 mm linear Xmax (Klippel verified) and includes fully CNC machined, extended, magnetic gap technology (twice that of typical shallow-mount subwoofers), and uses slimline, ‘SLX’ cast Aluminum frames, with unique, forced-air cooling vents, which act to exhaust heated-air thru the motor and heavy-duty cast baskets. Available in both single and dual and ‘4 ohm’ models, this array of improvements represents running-changes implemented to the Evo series platform, in Audiomobile’s continuing pursuit to deliver true, “no compromise” drivers.

Additional key features include Aluminum ‘Flux Stabilization Device’ (‘FSD’), “Shorting Ring,” which serves to both significantly lower inductance, reduces Intermodulation distortion and retards heat build-up, to minimize ‘thermal compression.” The composite benefits of this array of advanced driver features, translates to increased output and exceptional power-handling, which is increasingly important, in today’s “1Kw ‘monoblock’ world.”

  • Class-leading power-handling with exceptional linear-excursion envelope
  • Large diameter, solid-pole motor design, allows for minimal enclosure depth
  • Proprietary, “CLS” Kevlar ‘Composite Laminated Sandwich’ cone technology
  • Unique motor topology, allows for full-format performance, in “Slimline” design

In addition, the high-performance suspension features a premium 25mm premium SBR rubber surround, plus large diameter 8” flat-spider, with ‘in-line’ lead wires, to allow up to 2-inches of peak to peak excursion provided by this very unique motor topology. This performance is packaged in a very compact 3.95” (99mm) mounting-depth, making the Evo one of the longest excursion, low-profile subwoofers on the market. The MSRP on the Evo 2410 is $450.00 and the Evo 2408 is $350, with enhanced Evo 2.0 versions shipping later this month.

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MUSWAY Distributor Global Audio Marketing Appoints JB Associates as Representation Partner for Select Territories

MURRIETA, CA (01.31.23) – JB Associates was founded in 2000 and has won several Manufacturer Rep of the Year awards as well as Mobile Electronics Rep Firm of the Year in 2012. JB Associates exemplifies positive Dealer Relationships with outstanding support and real-world knowledge within their territory.

“The brick and mortar dealers are always looking for solutions that fit many different customers’ needs. I discussed the challenges that dealers face with Chris Bennett and he explained how Musway would be marketed, programs, pricing structure and all the benefits. After hearing this, I knew the product flexibility that Musway offers will be a great add to any dealer’s lineup in the territory. This is a line that you can get excited about and call your own!!”

Jason Billups holding the MUSWAY ONE.1000 amplifier

“We look forward to forging meaningful and long term Direct Dealer partnerships within the JB Associates territory as we build the MUSWAY Brand.” Say Chris Bennett, VP of Sales at Global Audio Marketing. “Jason Billups has exactly what we look for in Representation as we set out to achieve our goals for 2023 and beyond!”

Global Audio Marketing was formed in 2022 with the purpose of providing exceptional service and highest quality Car Audio products to the U.S. It will do so with Direct to Dealer programs that are protected, profitable and mindful of each of our Brick-and-Mortar Retail Partners.

Jason Billups can be contacted at 304-633-4880(text/phone) or at and remember “Music is the Way.”

To learn more about MUSWAY, please visit or email Chris Bennett directly at

Race Sport Lighting Exhibiting & Training at KnowledgeFest Las Vegas

RINGWOOD, IL (01.31.23) – Race Sport Lighting will be exhibiting in booth 101 for dealers to visit and learn about their new lighting technologies. Staff will be available in the booth all weekend to answer any questions. The booth will feature a large custom 5-Axis display of hundreds of lights to test out with the push of a button. Race Sport Lighting will also have on display their nationwide best-selling Terminator™ LED Kits, the fast-growing DRIVE Series V2 LED kits and their USPTO patented GEN4® LED system.

“We can’t wait to meet with our dealers from all over the country and reconnect face to face with many. 2022 was a strange year full of global economic issues for many of our dealers, but I know dealers are ready to kick off 2023 in the right direction. We have added more patented and unique LED lighting solutions to our line up and added amazing value-added tools for our dealers to us. It’s going to be exciting to show them off in Vegas. I am particularly excited about the training on Friday that is brand new and will accelerate any dealers lighting category revenues.” Steve Jergensen, President of Race Sport Lighting

Friday, February 3rd from 3 pm – 4 pm in Bordeaux training room
Race Sport Lighting 2023 Product Line Introduction and Training

Race Sport Lighting will host a training session during KnowledgeFest that will focus on “The Lighting Category Opportunity for the Owner, The Sales Counterman, and the Technician”. This 1-hour session will be divided up into specific training for everyone in the stores organization, and equip them with the knowledge needed to be successful in the lighting category and increase their revenues and confidence. This is a completely new redesigned training, and never presented before until this show.

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Alpine Welcomes Tri-State Enterprises as New Fulfillment Center Partner

AUBURN HILLS, MI (01.27.23) – Alps Alpine North America, Inc. (“Alpine”) welcomes Tri-State Enterprises as a new fulfillment center partner. Tri-State will support fulfillment in Alpine’s Territory 44 states (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas).

“We look forward to partnering with Tri-State Enterprises and believe this relationship will help our Alpine Authorized Dealers grow their Alpine business,” said Mike Anderson, Executive Director at Alps Alpine North America. “Tri-State’s dedication to building long-term partnerships, as well as their commitment to service, makes them the ideal partner to continue growth in this key territory.”

Left to right: Devon Taylor, Tristan Taylor, Roger Donald, Robert Donald

Headquartered in Fort Smith, AR, Tri-State Enterprises has distribution and cross dock locations with over 1 million sq. ft. of space throughout the central US. 300 delivery trucks ensure same day or next day delivery, up to two times per day. A team of expert 12V sales staff with over 50 years of combined experience is well prepared to assist customers.

“Tri-State is honored to be selected by Alpine to be the new fulfillment center for Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana,” said Roger Donald, Tri-State 12V Category Manager. “Alpine’s commitment to quality and innovation fits perfectly with what Tri-State looks for in a partnership. We are excited for the opportunity to provide excellent service to all the Alpine Authorized Dealers in the region.”

Details of the partnership were communicated earlier this month directly to Alpine Authorized Dealers in the territory.

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ZZ2 Launches Wireless Carplay & Android Auto for Select Toyota Vehicles

PALM BEACH, FL (01.27.23) – Is it possible to add a Wireless CarPlay/Android Auto, front and rear camera and also mirror your phone to the factory Toyota screen for $450 retail cost + installation? The answer is yes, call ZZ2.

ZZ2 is super excited to announce a CarPlay and Android Auto solution for select Toyota vehicles fully integrated with the factory touchscreen.

The new ITZ-TOY is a completely plug and play solution compatible with most Toyota vehicles from 2014 and up. One SKU is compatible with the Camry, Corolla, Tundra, Prius, Highlander, Tacoma, Sienna, 4Runner and Rav4. It provides wired and/or wireless CarPlay and Android Auto, front and rear camera input and smartphone mirroring. The TOY kit keeps the factory MIC and allows you to use the factory Bluetooth, retaining the factory audio quality during phone calls.

The ITZ-TOY is now available. Click here to view to see all of the product details.

For more information please contact the sales team at 929-220-1212 or email

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