Paragon Sales And Marketing Hosted an AudioControl Dealer Training Session

CORONA, CA (4.25.22) – Thursday evening, April 21st, Paragon Sales and Marketing hosted another successful AudioControl training session at the Company’s facility in Corona CA. Food, refreshments, Epicenter demos plus demo cars were on the schedule along with a lot of industry co-mingling for the more than 20 area dealers in the house.

The AudioControl training took place in the Paragon Sales warehouse area where door rolls up for easy access to demo vehicles outside.

Mike Rios related, “We touched on Dynamat to start off our training by reminding dealers in attendance how important it is to control the environment of the car to achieve great sound.”

Continuing, Rios related, “We then moved to the AudioControl Epicenter training as we set up an Epicenter to a d5.1300 by AudioControl hooked up to two sets of Gladen 12″ subs and showed on a live DM-RTA the set up showing what an Epicenter does acoustically. We proceeded to explain how to properly set up an Epicenter and the difference it makes…leading to  reason we have our Legacy Epicenter and Epicenter Micro.

Wayne Smedile and Aaron Davis conducted the meeting with a big hand from Mike Rios.

Wayne Smedile and Aaron Davis conducted the meeting with a big hand from Mike Rios who supplied info and images for this article.

Concluding, Rios offered, “We plan to host these dealer sessions quarterly. Since we began the trainings the number off dealers attending has been growing. Our setup is great as the warehouse door rolls up so dealers can check out the vehicle demos outside and then return to seats in the warehouse for the meeting presentation.”

Paragon represents Focal, Mosconi, Illusion Audio, Gladen, Blackhole, AudioControl, ARCAudio, Dynamat, Mobile Solutions and Concept.

For more see www.paragonsalesreps.com

AAMP Global Announces Strategic Acquisition of AudioControl

CLEARWATER, FL (04.04.22) – AAMP Global, leading designer and manufacturer of vehicle solutions, has acquired AudioControl, known worldwide for high-performance audio solutions engineered for the automotive, residential, and commercial markets. Based in Seattle, WA for over 45 years, AudioControl will continue to provide premium entertainment solutions to automotive aftermarket installers, professional audio/video specialists and home technology integrators.

“As an engineering-based provider of premium entertainment solutions supported by award-winning service, AudioControl is a natural fit as part of the AAMP Global brand,” said President and Chief Executive Officer, Scott Forst. “These core competencies combined with AAMP’s unique vehicle integration capabilities and best-in-class service will help to position us as a leader in the core audio market. Alex and team will be driving this exciting initiative and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome them to the AAMP family.”

AAMP’s President of North America, Herb Brown, stated, “We believe embedding our vehicle integration platform with AudioControl’s world-class electronics, will be game-changing for the industry.”

AudioControl CEO, Alex Camara, will join the AAMP Global leadership team, heading the organization’s audio growth strategy for the automotive and residential businesses. AudioControl’s award-winning residential, commercial, and home theater products, sold and installed by home theater specialists and professional installers, will benefit from access to AAMP Global technology platforms under the continued guidance of AudioControl’s current management team.

“We are excited to bring our industry-leading audio products across all the channels we serve to the AAMP Global brand,” said Alex Camara, CEO of AudioControl. “We have experienced an unprecedented level of growth over recent years, and by joining with the team at AAMP Global, we will have the resources to maintain that trajectory, quicken our product development roadmap, and expand operations to best serve our customers, and continue making good sound great!”

AQ Technology Partners acted as the exclusive financial advisor to AudioControl in the transaction.

Visit www.aampglobal.com for more.

AudioControl Unveiling New Products for All-Weather Applications Plus Vital Training Sessions at the 2022 KnowledgeFest in Indianapolis

SEATTLE, WA (03.29.22) – AudioControl will be unveiling new products and hosting training seminars for attendees at the 2022 KnowledgeFest Indianapolis, being held at the Indianapolis Convention Center April 1st – 3rd in Booth #510.

Many New Products in Booth 510
AudioControl will be showing new models and enhancements to the all-weather ACX line of amplifiers, perfect for automotive as well as a vast array of non-traditional installations that represent new opportunities for dealers. Imagine offering high-performance, invisible audio systems to classic car owners or exceptionally durable solutions for recreational marine applications, UTVs, food trucks, tour vans and more. Attendees will see new, more powerful, compact ACX amplifiers, signal processors and an all-new multi-zone Bluetooth source unit/controller along with the new Epicenter Micro and multi-function ACR-U controller. Learn how these products are ideally suited to both existing and completely new clientele.

Training Seminars
AudioControl will be hosting one training seminar per day covering how to maximize system performance with AudioControl’s newest solutions (Friday), how to achieve success in any vehicle using best-in-class OEM interface solutions (Saturday), and how to effectively utilize the proper tools, strategies, and methods—including the AudioControl DM-RTA—to achieve powerful, predictable, and profitable results in every client vehicle (Sunday).

“We are excited to bring these new products and training sessions to KnowledgeFest Indy,” stated Matthew Palumbo, Mobile Audio Sales Manager at AudioControl. “Our expanded lineup has been engineered to solve challenges that installers face bringing precise, powerful sound to customers regardless of the vehicle or existing OEM system, and they represent important opportunities for our dealer partners to diversify grow their businesses.”

KNOWLEDGEFEST INDY TRAINING SCHEDULE
(See the full event schedule HERE)

Friday, April 1st, – 1:45-2:45pm Meeting Room: 128
New Products & New Opportunities (as noted above)

Saturday, April 2nd, – 5:30-6:30pm Meeting Room: 128
LOCs, LGDs, & DSPs Oh My! Take an in-depth look at the LOC, LGD, and Epicenter product lines from AudioControl. Not sure when to use an Epicenter in an OEM integration installation? Do you know the difference between The Epicenter and AccuBass? What is the difference between the LC1i, LC2i, and LC2i Pro? Are you an expert at setting up The Epicenter? What about dialing in an LC2i Pro? Do you know what the different colors/models of LGDs mean and when to use each? Join us for a fun session where you will learn all of this and more.

Sunday, April 3rd, – 9:30-10:30am Meeting Room: 128
Achieve Predictable Results using AudioControl! Testing audio system performance is important in every vehicle receiving an audio upgrade. This course offers a comprehensive guide to utilizing a simple DM-RTA checklist along with documenting results. Learn to better offer the most appropriate equipment for each vehicle and to best accommodate each listener’s expectations, along with best practices for using the powerful DM-RTA to test, troubleshoot and validate performance—these are the keys to making every vehicle sound great!

Click here to reserve your seat!

Visit AudioControl at the 2022 KnowledgeFest Indianapolis, April 1-3, Booth 510

Visit audiocontrol.com for more.

AudioControl Unveiling New Products Plus Key 12-Volt Training Sessions in English and Spanish at KnowledgeFest

SEATTLE, WA (02.16.22) – AudioControl will be hosting training seminars in both English and Spanish for attendees at KnowledgeFest Las Vegas, being held at the South Point Convention Center February 18-20, 2022. The prominent AudioControl booth will also feature new products displays as well as two demo vehicles.

Much to See and Hear in Booth 801
Featuring AudioControl’s largest exhibition booth ever at KnowledgeFest, there will be two cars onsite with demo systems: A BMW 6-Series featuring AudioControl amplifiers, DSP, and the new Epicenter Micro. A Dodge Charger Hellcat will also be on display, showcasing AudioControl signal processing and amplification.

Training Seminars
The AudioControl team will be hosting one training seminar per day for English-speaking attendees, covering how to maximize system performance with AudioControl’s all-in-one amplifier solutions (Friday), how to achieve success with any vehicle using OEM interface solutions and how to deliver best sound quality using DSP (Saturday), and the many benefits of utilizing the AudioControl DM-RTA—the ultimate test tool (Sunday).

On Saturday evening, AudioControl has assembled stars of the Spanish-speaking car audio community to offer “After Hours with AudioControl en Español,” a hands-on training event done exclusively in Spanish. Numerous subjects will be covered; however, the primary focus will be on DSP training, demystifying this powerful technology to bring best performance to each system.

“With everything we have planned for this KnowledgeFest, it is certainly an event you won’t want to miss,” stated Matthew Palumbo, Mobile Audio Sales Manager at AudioControl. “The educational tracks, newly unveiled products, and demo vehicles create a valuable experience for our dealer partners, enabling both sales and installation teams to design and deliver best-performing systems to their customers. We are very grateful to draw from our talented and diverse community to offer critical programs in both English and Spanish.”

KNOWLEDGEFEST LAS VEGAS TRAINING SCHEDULE (see full event schedule HERE)

Friday, February 18th – 1:45-2:45pm Room Sonoma C
AudioControl Amplifiers: The all-in-one Solution

Saturday, February 19th – 5:30-6:30pm Room Sonoma C
LOCs, LGDs, & DSPs Oh My! (with special guest trainer Dean Beyett of 5 Star Car Stereo)

Sunday, February 20th – 10:45-11:45am Room Sonoma C
DM-RTA: The Ultimate Audio Test Tool

Saturday, February 19th 6:45pm Room Sonoma C
After Hours with AudioControl en Español DSP training in Spanish with three honored guests:
Ricardo Rangel – Monster by Rangel, Mexico City, Mexico
Fernando Lopez – 5 Star Car Stereo, Clearwater, Florida
Roberto Estrada – AudioControl rep for Mexico

Visit AudioControl at the 2022 KnowledgeFest Las Vegas, February 18-20 in Booth 801

Click here to Reserve Your Seat

Visit audiocontrol.com and knowledgefest.org for more.

Metra Electronics to Host Six Manufacturer Training Sessions at KnowledgeFest in Indianapolis

HOLLY HILL, FL (10.01.2021)Metra Electronics is heading to Indianapolis, Indiana, to host six training sessions at KnowledgeFest and showcase their latest aftermarket installation products. At the booth will also be a 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport S built by Vincent Murray of Team Nutz. The Kevlar coated Jeep is customized from the front to the back with Metra’s Heise LED RGB lights and accessories, RGB underglow kit, Metra PowerSports whip lights, and more.

Metra’s training sessions will outline new integration products, lighting and audio upgrades for Harley-Davidson, aftermarket accessories for Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, and new products for upgrading vehicle safety systems. Installer Institute will also host a session to show shops how to connect with trained, certified graduates through their online career portal and explain the future of mobile electronics education. As a Diamond Ultra sponsor, Metra is proud to support the industry by providing in-depth training sessions for installers. Training sessions include:

“Simplify your Install with Axxess DSPs” on Friday, October 8 at 1:30 PM

This training will cover the entire Axxess DSP product line, highlight new vehicle coverage, and showcase the newest app features. Metra will show installers how these solutions can increase sales in the showroom and decrease time in the bay. Attendees will learn how to use and set up Axxess DSPs through the app for complete tuning control and when to use the DSP “Lite” versus “X” solutions. This training will also explain how to use the different types of applications offered within the AXDSP line, including CAN-based systems, new A2B systems, MOST25, and MOST50 vehicle technology.

“New Accessories for Jeep Wrangler/Gladiator from Metra” on Friday, October 8 at 2:45 PM

Metra has focused an entire product line on the growing market of Jeep owners who want to customize their rides to be louder and reflect their own personal style. This session will help them learn about the new speaker adapter plates, backup camera options, complete integration solutions, and LED lighting solutions designed to fit Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator models. Attendees will hear valuable tips for selling and installing these new products that will give them additional opportunities to sell a full range of upgrades to loyal Jeep customers.

“New Lighting and Audio Upgrades for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles” on Saturday, October 9 at 4:45 PM

How can shops cut down installation time on audio and lighting upgrades? Metra’s Saddle Tramp brand is here to help with even more new products launching this season. Attendees will be the first to learn about new Axxess DSPs that fit Harley-Davidson with a built-in re-flashing feature and Saddle Tramp’s newest replacement inner fairing. Attendees will learn how to offer upgrades to make their customer’s motorcycles louder and more stylish, without the need for labor-intensive custom fabrication and wiring.

“Upgrading Vehicle Safety Systems with iBEAM” on Saturday, October 9 at 6:00 PM

As more consumers upgrade their vehicles, safety and convenience features should not be left out of the selling strategy. Attendees will learn about the aftermarket safety features they should be selling and how to install iBEAM’s newest products. This session will go over the hot-button selling points and features that consumers are asking for plus installation tips to give installers a better understanding of what is involved in an upgrade.

“The Future of Mobile Electronics Education with Installer Institute” on Sunday, October 10 at 9:30 AM

There are some things best learned with hands-on training. Mobile electronics education is one of them. Attendees of this session will learn how Installer Institute has adapted its curriculum to include courses designed to give students practical training for car audio installations plus additional skills for home theater integration, marine audio, upholstery, security, remote start installation, window tinting and more. For shops looking for trained, MECP and MESA certified installers, this session will show them how to connect with ii graduates through the online career portal and also explain what they can expect an ii graduate to have learned.

“Advanced Integration Made Easy with Axxess and Metra” on Sunday, October 10 at 10:45 AM

Attendees will learn about the newest solutions from Axxess and Metra that make vehicle integration easy, even with some of the notoriously complex vehicle systems. This training session gives in-depth installation information for Metra’s new AXPIO-JL1 integration kit for Jeep Wrangler, Metra’s latest TurboTouch dash kits, and new Axxess interfaces hitting the market.

Metra’s customers can register for the KnowledgeFest event at no cost using Metra’s VIP code, available by request from their sales representative. Once registered for the event, attendees will also need to register online at KnowledgeFest.org for each training session they will attend. Metra will be at booth #302 from October 8th-10th at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Additional information about the show, produced by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), is available at KnowledgeFest.org.

AudioControl Names 2020 Rep of the Year Award, Mobile Products

SEATTLE, WA (02.24.2021) – AudioControl has named Dynamic Sales & Marketing of New Port Richey, Florida their 2020 Rep of the Year for Mobile Products. Dynamic Sales & Marketing was founded in 2002, and covers the state of Florida with a team of three, including Principal John Schneid covering the Western portion of the state, JC Iglesias covering the Southeast region and Bruno Maffucci covering Orlando and North-Central Florida.

John Schneid

Dynamic Sales & Marketing has always been highly selective about working with the finest manufacturer partners that deliver the best products and services to dealers in their territory. “My team and I are very grateful to have been recognized with this award by a respected vendor such as AudioControl,” explained Schneid. “Our success in 2020 can largely be attributed to hard work and our commitment to be knowledgeable sales consultants for the brands we represent in a rapidly changing industry. AudioControl delivers outstanding products that both provide superior performance, key features that the dealers must have as well as exceptional customer service. They are great people who are passionate about their brand—and the dealers love working with them.”

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“I want to congratulate John and his team for doing an exceptional job representing the AudioControl brand through what has been a very challenging year,” explained Chris Bennett, Director of Mobile Audio for AudioControl. “The Dynamic Sales & Marketing team has made every effort to understand the products and services we offer and partner with the finest 12-volt specialists throughout the state of Florida to achieve success. We look forward to another excellent year working together in 2021.”

Visit audiocontrol.com for more.

AudioControl Introduces Powerful 5-Channel 1300 Watt Amplifiers

SEATTLE, WA (02.09.2021) – AudioControl has introduced two new high-power 5-channel amplifiers capable of driving the front, rear and subwoofer channels of a complete premium audio system solution. Having all five channels housed within a single chassis enhances installation efficiency, providing 12-volt specialists with solutions that deliver the features and performance consumers demand.

AudioControl’s new 5-channel amplifiers offer 200 Watts RMS X4 @ 2-Ohm (100 Watts X4-channels RMS @ 4-Ohm) and 500 watts X1-channel at 2-Ohm along with eight speaker level inputs with selectable summing capability. The D-5.1300 delivers onboard DSP control of all amplified outputs and a pair of low-level outputs as well. The DSP interface is managed by the highly intuitive DM Smart App designed for all of AudioControl’s DSP amplifiers. The LC-5.1300 offers the same outstanding specifications and performance without the DSP features. The AudioControl D-5.1300 has a selling price of $1,099. The LC-5.1300 has a selling price of $799.

Matthew Palumbo, National Trainer & Sales Specialist AudioControl commented, “The new AudioControl LC-5.1300 offers fantastic performance and value for both dealers and enthusiasts. With its high-power output, the majority of system designs can be easily accommodated, all from a clean, simple, single-amp solution. The input section of the LC-5.1300 is unique and highly flexible, making this amp ideal for any system—with an OEM or aftermarket head unit as well as with a basic or premium factory sound system. Discerning consumers want an ultimate performance, high power 5-channel amplifier, and we are confident that the AudioControl LC-5.1300 will be the new go-to solution for our dealers.”

“Our new 5-channel amplifiers offer outstanding performance for many system applications, all from a sleek, single-chassis solution,” stated Chris Bennett, Director of Mobile Audio at AudioControl. “The flexible input stage accommodates the growing OEM integration market, and DSP on the D5.1300 enables 12-volt specialists to perfectly tune each system to match the preferences of individual clients. These amplifiers represent an important opportunity for our dealers.”

AudioControl LC Series 5-channel amplifiers are available now

AudioControl D Series 5-channel amplifiers will begin shipping mid-February, 2021

Visit audiocontrol.com for more.

AudioControl Introduces Powerful 5-Channel 1300 Watt Amplifiers

SEATTLE, WA (02.01.2021) – AudioControl has introduced two new high-power 5-channel amplifiers capable of driving the front, rear and subwoofer channels of a complete premium audio system solution. Having all five channels housed within a single chassis enhances installation efficiency, providing 12-volt specialists with solutions that deliver the features and performance consumers demand.

AudioControl’s new 5-channel amplifiers offer 200 Watts RMS X4 @ 2-Ohm (100 Watts X4-channels RMS @ 4-Ohm) and 500 watts X1-channel at 2-Ohm along with eight speaker level inputs with selectable summing capability. The D-5.1300 delivers onboard DSP control of all amplified outputs and a pair of low-level outputs as well. The DSP interface is managed by the highly intuitive DM Smart App designed for all of AudioControl’s DSP amplifiers. The LC-5.1300 offers the same outstanding specifications and performance without the DSP features. The AudioControl D-5.1300 has a selling price of $1,099. The LC-5.1300 has a selling price of $799.

“Our new 5-channel amplifiers offer outstanding performance for many system applications, all from a sleek, single-chassis solution,” stated Chris Bennett, Director of Mobile Audio at AudioControl. “The flexible input stage accommodates the growing OEM integration market, and DSP on the D5.1300 enables 12-volt specialists to perfectly tune each system to match the preferences of individual clients. These amplifiers represent an important opportunity for our dealers.”

AudioControl LC Series 5-channel amplifiers are available now

AudioControl D Series 5-channel amplifiers will begin shipping mid-February, 2021

Visit audiocontrol.com for more.

AudioControl Introduces the ACX-BT1 Bluetooth Adapter

SEATTLE, WA (01.22.2021) – AudioControl has introduced the ACX-BT1, an ultra-simple, high-performance Bluetooth adapter, providing Bluetooth connectivity to any sound system with RCA or AUX audio inputs. The ACX-BT1 is also ideal for all-weather applications, making it perfect for marine and motorsports entertainment systems.

The AudioControl ACX-BT1 is the ultimate solution for giving customers what they want—Bluetooth connectivity. Like all solutions from AudioControl, performance was paramount to the design of this product. The ACX-BT1 features the latest Bluetooth 4.1 and aptX HD support, delivering 24-bit clarity, lower noise, faster initial connection and more reliable streaming from a greater distance. The ACX-BT1 is IPX5 rated for marine and motorsports applications, so it will withstand the rigors of all-weather conditions, including as a standalone (no head unit) solution common to side-by-sides, jet skis and more. Installers will appreciate the unique remote turn-on output circuit that triggers downstream amplifier(s) only when audio is being played over the Bluetooth connection.

“The challenges with all-weather product designs include quality, durability and ease of use,” explained Chris Bennett, AudioControl’s Director of Mobile Audio. “Mobile audio dealers can pair the ACX-BT1 with AudioControl’s new ACX Amplifiers, creating a simple system design that can stand up to the rigors and demands of any off-road or all-weather installation. The ACX-BT1 features traditional RCA outputs, functioning as the ultimate universal Bluetooth solution for interfacing with all mobile audio amplifiers.”

AudioControl ACX Series Amplifiers are loaded with features and deliver superb sound quality for any system design, while featuring an amazingly compact overall footprint to ensure the easiest possible integration into confined spaces. Thanks to state of the art conformal coatings, insulated gaskets and loose-mating waterproof connectors, the AudioControl ACX lineup delivers breathtaking audio performance and superior build quality for marine and motorsports applications. ACX amps are available in 4-channel and 1-channel (mono) configurations.

The AudioControl ACX-BT1 is available now with a MAP price of $69.99.

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AudioControl Welcomes Ashley Kay as Director of Customer and Technical Services

SEATTLE, WA (01.12.2021) – AudioControl has appointed Ashley Kay as Director of Customer and Technical Services. Ashley brings a wealth of experience in support services management from the professional A/V market, and will leverage that skillset to accommodate the continued growth of the AudioControl brand that includes critical new product introductions slated for 2021.

Ashley Kay, Director of Customer and Technical Services

Ashley joins an award-winning customer service culture at AudioControl, recognized for providing dealers with the tools they need to succeed quickly and efficiently. Service and support has been a top priority at AudioControl for over four decades. Using superior components and maintaining tight control over in-house engineering, manufacturing and testing practices, AudioControl has established a reputation for the highest levels of product reliability as well as best-in-class service and support for both dealers and end users.

“I am excited to welcome Ashley to the AudioControl team and look forward to leveraging her experience and leadership skills as part of our customer service and technical support initiatives going forward,” explained AudioControl CEO Alex Camara. “It is imperative that we continue to set the standard for unparalleled service and support as we unveil key new products this year and beyond.”

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