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 MetraOnline.com.

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:

  • ELECTRONIC EQUALIZER
    Control of amplifier output with on-board electronic crossover to tailor specific frequencies to speakers and subwoofers
  • CLASS/TOPOLOGY
    Super D-Class: Extremely efficient, low temperature, high amplification system has several options for installation
  • OUTPUT DEVICE TECHNOLOGY
    Ultra-Fi MOSFET: Produces high power with minimal distortion
  • HEAT SINK
    High-Grade Aluminum: Heavy duty aluminum alloy heat-sink allows the amplifier to quickly dissipate heat
  • POWER SUPPLY
    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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KENWOOD Shipping 5 New Pre-Loaded Subwoofer Enclosures

LONG BEACH, CA (08.04.2020) KENWOOD USA is shipping 5 new pre-loaded subwoofer enclosures, focusing on precisely matched power handling to its amplifiers, enhanced durability, sound quality and performance, along with enhanced cosmetic designs. 

The P-XW1221DHP ($449.95 MAP) houses two 12” KENWOOD eXcelon High-power class subwoofers, touting a 1000W total RMS power handling at a 2-ohm final impedance, making it precisely power matched to the KENWOOD eXcelon XR1001-1 amplifier. The P-XW1221SHP ($249.95) is the single 12” KENWOOD eXcelon High-power class option, with a respective 500W RMS power handling at a 2-ohm impedance, making it the perfect companion to the KENWOOD eXcelon X502-1 amplifier. 

The P-XW1221D ($349.95 MAP) provides a value-based option for those looking for a dual 12” subwoofer configuration. It includes 2 KENWOOD eXcelon subwoofers, which can be precisely powered by the KENWOOD eXcelon XR601-1 amplifier for 600W RMS at 2 ohms. The P-XW1241S ($199.95 MAP) also offers an exceptional value, including a single 12” KENWOOD eXcelon subwoofer with a 4-ohm impedance, for an exact match-up to the KENWOOD eXcelon X502-1, which provides 300W RMS at 4 ohms.

All 4 of these enclosures feature the CA-121G steel mesh grille(s) for added protection and further enhanced cosmetics, which are a $30 value each when sold separately. All 4 enclosures are extremely versatile, being able to be mounted in a down-firing configuration with their extra THICK legs, or forward/rear facing with their slant-back design. They boast a 3/4″ THICK MDF baffle, which provides more strength and durability, ensuring accurate bass even at high volume. 

“Why experiment with off-the-shelf boxes not designed for a specific subwoofer?” said Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales and Marketing. “Our engineers designed these enclosures to perform reliably and sound their best with our subwoofers. This not only simplifies the sales and installation process, but it also gives the customer peace of mind in knowing that they are getting the best result.” 

Joe Roberts from Roberts Auto Sound in Louisville, KY recently had the opportunity to get a “sneak-peak” and sound demo of these new pre-loaded enclosures. “After a good demo here at my store, I can say that these new KENWOOD eXcelon sub enclosures are some of the best F@#$%^G subwoofer enclosures we have ever heard!” said Roberts. Nathan Dunn from Cartronics in Nashville, TN also had an opportunity to listen to them, and shared that “the new KENWOOD P-XW1221SHP loaded enclosure is a very well designed, well constructed, versatile box that can be used in a down-firing configuration, or simply tuck it away in the trunk up against the back of a seat. This is a good-looking box that hits hard and is a great value for the money.”

To further add to its list of pre-loaded enclosures, the P-XW1002B ($249.95 MAP) is also making its debut this month, sporting a new design along with the continued solid performance of the KFC-XW1000F 10” shallow subwoofer. Its low profile (6” height) sealed down-firing design fits easily where space is at a premium, but still packs a punch with 250W RMS power handling. 

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Cadence Summer Giveaway in July

INDUSTRY, CA (08.04.2020) – Cadence Sound loves to stay connected with the audio community. The company understands that due to Covid-19, some customers have been affected financially. They decided to do a monthly giveaway all summer so that Cadence aficionados can still enjoy their passions without worry.

The July Giveaway winner is Nathanial, in Bellingham, MN. Nathanial won a pair of Cadence XT60 Tweeters. The Cadence XT 60 is a 1” titanium bullet tweeter. The XT 60 has a titanium dome structure with Ferro-Fluid cooling. The motor is a high density neodymium, motor structure. The Cadence tweeter is said to be heard from blocks away. Sometimes, size doesn’t matter.

Olivia Tedesco, Marketing Specialist, commented, “Whether you’re designing a system for your Open Show set up or perhaps you’re building a DJ system to be used indoors, rest assured that we have options to fill the need for a high performance tweeter with particular design aspects and bullet shaping to provide excellent near field dispersion and accurate tonal reproduction at unprecedented efficiency ratings. We are excited to see what kind of project Nathanial uses his new Cadence Tweeters for.”

To enter the raffle for the next giveaway, make sure to be following Cadence on social media to see the next post.

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Soundstream Starts Reserve Line

MONTEBELLO, CA (07.03.2020) – New Reserve Micro Amps is electrifying news for the new exclusive Soundstream dealer only line. These amplifiers are exercising a small footprint platform but also delivering massive power. Two available monoblock and one important 4 – Channel solution can help build these Reserve Micro Amps be a solution to almost any application.

This exclusive line of products is the transition into cleaning up internet sales and having sellers respect MAP pricing. Soundstream dealers are encouraged to contact their rep with any questions about becoming a Reserve dealer. “Soundstream continues to be committed to innovation. We will continue to listen to market and produce exclusive products for the Reserve program dealers” – Ronnie Brashear, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Ronnie Brashear: ronnie@poweracoustik.com or Office 323.722.3333

Soundstream Reserve Micro Amplifiers:
Reserve RSM4.1200D – Multi Channel 1200w Class-D Configuration 2-Ohm Minimum
Reserve RSM1.2000D – Monoblock 2000w Class-D Configuration 1-Ohm Minimum
Reserve RSM1.4000D – Monoblock 4000w Class-D Configuration 1-Ohm Minimum

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Tint World Grows Franchise Development Team with Latest Hire

BOCA RATON, FL (07.03.2020) – Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has announced that Michael Glick has been named as the company’s new franchise development manager. 

Glick was chosen to be the first point of contact for franchisees due to his past experience in franchise development for the automotive industry. Previously, he worked for TBC Corporation in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He has also worked for United Franchise Group, as the sales and marketing coordinator for Venture X.  In his new role, he will be personally assisting new Tint Worl franchise owners as they transition into their management roles.

Michael Glick

“I joined Tint World because I enjoy seeing new business owners succeed,” Glick said. “Starting a franchise can be daunting, which is why I was so impressed by the commitment we have to helping each and every one of our stores offer the highest level of service.”

Tint World began franchising in 2007 and quickly became the nation’s fastest-growing automotive tinting and styling ownership opportunity. They are known for their enthusiastic business model and high level of service to franchise owners from the earliest planning stages. Glick will be continuing the company’s tradition of internal support.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Michael since he started with us in May,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, president and CEO of Tint World. “His experience, foresight and genuine interest in the success of our franchise locations made him the perfect choice for our new franchise development manager. We take a keen interest in all of our stores and trust that they are in good hands with Michael Glick.”

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SCOSCHE Industries Announces Availability of New Extendo Telescoping Phone Mounts

OXNARD, CA (07.31.2020) – SCOSCHE Industries has announced the arrival of three new extended reach phone mounts for vehicle, home or office use.

First introduced at the 2020 International CES, the Extendo range of mounts have a telescoping arm that adjusts from just over 5 inches to just over 8.5 inches with 220-degrees of angle adjustment. They all have a 360-degree adjustable head that lets you view your device in portrait, landscape, or any position in between. Extendo has a StickGrip adhesive mount pad and suction-cup mount base that secures to any surface. Once the base is in place, you can extend and angle the mount to your perfect viewing angle and then use the lock-nuts to secure it.

For in-vehicle use, you can easily mount your Extendo to the window or dash and adjust the arm and head to suit either the driver or the passenger, without having to move the base. They are especially useful in vintage vehicles, or large vehicles with deeper dashboards, but work equally well in compact cars too.

For home use you can attach your Extendo to a countertop or backsplash and adjust it so that you can view a recipe, or facetime with a friend, all while you’re cooking dinner. In the office you can attach the base to your desktop, away from your keyboard and monitor and then simply extend it when you need to use your phone.

These new mounts come in magnetic, universal grip, and wireless charging options, as follows:

MagicMount Pro Extendo Window/Dash Mount

The multi-award-winning MagicMount magnetic mounting system with powerful 100% device-safe Neodymium magnets securely holds your device.

QuickGrip Extendo Universal Window/Dash Mount

The adjustable arms of this universal mount securely hold smartphones up to 3.5” wide.

MagicGrip Auto-Grip Wireless Charging Extendo Window/Dash Mount

When the Qi-charging coil in your phone is aligned with the MagicGrip charger, the MagicGrip automatically closes its motorized arms to hold your device securely while it wirelessly charges.

Qi-certified, the MagicGrip charges your Qi-enabled phone at its fastest and safest rate and supports Apple, Samsung and Google fast charge.

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Accele Electronics Provides a “Shock to the System”

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA (07.31.2020) – Accele Electronics has announced its newest enhancement for vehicles with OE Security systems and a great way to upgrade existing customers vehicles. Introducing the Accele RS200 Programmable Shock Sensor, an easy addition for Retailers and Expeditors to attach an accessory sale, even if it’s a Tint or Audio Customer.

“Our RS200 Shock Sensor is programmable for Negative or Positive Output, and Output Time (.5 – 6 seconds) allowing the matching of OE input trigger and time,” stated Brian Paille, National Sales Manager, Accele Electronics.

“It features an Accessory input to disable the Shock Sensor while driving and an extra port is available for enabling the easy addition of other sensors such as Glass or Microwave without any rewiring. Most new vehicles are equipped with basic security systems that lack total protection, including damage from vandalism. Many of these vehicles frequent the shops of 12 Volt Specialists or Expeditors to purchase accessories or services such as Tinting, Wrapping, Audio Upgrades, Safety Systems, Leather etc. These vehicles often leave with only the service originally requested or purchased. Our RS200 is an easy attachment sale for those vehicles with basic Factory Security systems and adds little install time to the job,” added Brian Paille.

Paille continued, “Most consumers are under a “False Sense of Security” They think because the vehicle has a “Security System” in it that they’re covered. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been visiting a client  or even when I worked in retail Myself, a customer would come in because their car got broken into all of the items inside the car had disappeared (i.e. purse, phones, radios, wallet, ETC) and the consumer would say  “I can’t believe the alarm never went off.” …This is an affordable upgrade to any consumers car that will give them more full protection. Because, what the factory puts in …only “Secures”  the car NOT the personal articles in it.”

Accele’s RS200 is available for immediate shipment, call your Accele Representative for special introductory pricing and further information.

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AAMP Global Announces “Shop Local” Campaign

CLEARWATER, FL (07.30.2020) – Last week AAMP Global, through its family of brands Stinger, PAC, EchoMaster and Phoenix Gold, launched a new “Shop Local” campaign in support of its 12-volt dealer network across the country. In a time of economic uncertainty, especially for small business owners, AAMP wanted to utilize its collective reach of consumers, to help drive awareness of local 12-volt shops, and drive foot traffic into brick and mortar stores.

Utilizing social media, the campaign educates consumers on the benefits of trusted mobile electronics stores and encourages them that now is a great time to upgrade their existing vehicle with the technology features they’ve always wanted at a local dealer.

Director of Marketing, Lisa Gibbings, said, “We want to do whatever we can to support our dealer network during these unprecedented times. There are a lot of factors positively impacting our industry. As with the last recession, consumers are upgrading vs. buying new, we’re seeing a lot more road trips for vacations, we want to make sure we are doing everything we can for our dealers to benefit from these trends. AAMP was built on its relationships within the 12-volt industry, for 33 years they’ve contributed to our success, and we want to continue to be a strong pillar in theirs.”

The overall campaign will include advertisements for various categories (safety, radio replacement, audio upgrades, etc.), resources such as a local dealer locator, and will also highlight specific dealers each week with store information and photos.

For more information, visit the Facebook pages for Stinger, PAC, EchoMaster and Phoenix Gold.

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New Dash Kit for 2005-2007 Dodge Dakota Now Shipping from Metra Electronics

HOLLY HILL, FL (07.30.2020) – Metra Electronics is now shipping a new radio replacement dashboard kit for 2005-2007 Dodge Dakota models. This kit is designed to fit ISO Double-DIN radio provisions and is painted a scratch-resistant matte black.

For this installation, the factory dashboard trim panel and sub-dash will have to be cut to allow the aftermarket radio to fit. A cutting template is included and the radio trim panel will cover the modification.

95-6557B Product Specifications:

  • Designed for 2005-2007 Dodge Dakota
  • ISO DDIN radio provision
  • Painted scratch-resistant matte black
  • Radio trim panel, radio brackets, retaining brackets, cut template and (4) Phillips screws are included

Additional information and installation instructions for the 95-6557B dash kit are available online at metraonline.com/part/95-6557B

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