HOLLY HILL, FL (07.30.2021) – Axxess by Metra Electronics has a new interface, the AXA2B-FD1, designed to retain the A2B amplifier in Ford’s 2018-up* F-150 and 2017-up* Fusion models. This add-on amplifier interface is used when replacing the factory radio with Metra’s 99-5834CH and 99-5841B TurboTouch dash kits, which are sold separately.
This solution retains the Bang & Olufsen amplifier with an A2B input in Ford’s F-150 and retains the Sony amplifier with an A2B input in Ford Fusion. This Axxess interface also retains the balance audio feature when replacing the factory radio and is Micro “B” USB updatable.
AXA2B-FD1 Product Specifications:
Add-on interface for Metra’s 99-5834CH & 99-5841B dash kits
Allows the amplifier to keep working when replacing the original factory radio
Retains the Bang and Olufsen amplifier with an A2B input in Ford F-150
Retains the Sony amplifier with an A2B input in Ford Fusion
HOLLY HILL, FL (06.04.2021) – Axxess by Metra Electronics is now shipping two new plug-n-play packages for its AXDSP-X, five new packages for its AXDSP-L “Lite” models, and a universal water-resistant AXDSP-L. Additional new integration products include a personalization retention interface designed to fit select Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 models and an LVDS camera interface designed to fit select Chevrolet and GMC models.
Plug-N-Play AXDSP-X Packages
Axxess’s patented 10-channel digital signal processor (AXDSP-X) and a vehicle-specific wiring harness are included in these new packages, designed for convenient plug-n-play installation. The patented AXDSP-X features 6 inputs, 10 individually assignable outputs with a 31-band graphic EQ on each channel and high, low, and bandpass filters. Also included is a bass knob for level control of the subwoofer amplifier. The following new packages are now shipping:
Axxess’s patented 6-channel DSP “Lite” (AXDSP-L), a vehicle-specific harness, and a bass knob are included in these new plug-n-play packages. The AXDSP-L features 4 inputs, 6 individually assignable outputs with a 15-band graphic EQ, and independent equalization for front, rear and subwoofer channels. The following new packages are now shipping:
(excluding models equipped with a Fender Premium Audio system)
Universal Water-Resistant AXDSP-L
Just in time for summer, Axxess is now shipping a universal DSP “Lite” (AXDSPL-WR) with a water-resistant enclosure and zip tie mounts. This solution is ideal for motorcycles, powersports vehicles, boats, and other outdoor vehicles that could expose the DSP to water or moisture. This DSP can be used with OE or aftermarket radios and, like all of the Axxess DSP models, has an internal header port for adding a wireless streaming interface module (AXDSPL-BT) if the vehicle does not have a receiver/head unit.
Personalization Interface for Mazda
Axxess has a new interface that will retain most of the vehicle personalization settings that would otherwise be lost when replacing the factory radio in select Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 models. The AXBT-MZ2 utilizes short-range wireless technology to allow the driver to adjust and control settings from a smartphone app that were previously controlled from the factory screen. Actual personalization options available vary per vehicle and trim level, and installers should refer to the owner’s manual for options available. This is a completely plug-n-play solution with no wiring required. This interface works with app compatible smartphones or tablets and is designed to fit the following Mazda models:
CX-5 2013-2015 (with full-color LCD screen)
CX-9 2007-2012 (with full-color LCD screen)
CX-9 2013-2015 (with full-color LCD screen)
CX-9 2007-2012 (with full-color LCD screen and NAV)
LVDS Camera Interface for GM Adding multiple cameras to the factory screen is no longer an issue for 2014-2019 Chevrolet and GMC trucks and SUVs. The AXAC-GM1 is an LVDS camera switching interface that is intended for use on 8-inch factory screens to enable a single camera input or add up to four cameras. This interface can be programmed to automatically activate the camera inputs based on turn signal or reverse triggers. The Rear Video Assistant (RVA) option can be used to keep a camera active during the duration of a trip, allowing the driver to monitor a trailer hitch, baby in the backseat, or rear cargo. The reverse signal and turn signal triggers are generated through the vehicle’s CAN Bus communication and this interface is Micro “B” USB updatable. The AXAC-GM1 is designed for the following GM vehicles with 8-inch screens:
Silverado 2500/3500 2019
Sierra Limited 2019
These solutions are all in stock and shipping now and will be covered in Metra’s manufacturer training session at KnowledgeFest in Orlando.
*See the vehicle application guide at AxxessInterfaces.com for up-to-date, vehicle specific information.
HOLLY HILL, FL (09.03.2020) – Axxess by Metra Electronics is now shipping new AXDSP-X packages designed for Chrysler, Ford, GM, Hyundai/Kia and a new water-resistant solution for Harley-Davidson. These DSP kits include Axxess’s 10-channel digital signal processor and a vehicle-specific wiring harness for convenient plug-n-play installation.
The patented AXDSP-X features 6 inputs, 10 individually assignable outputs with a 31-band graphic EQ on each channel and high, low, and bandpass filters. Also included in these packages is a bass knob for level control of the subwoofer amplifier and if needed, a data interface for seamless integration with the OEM vehicle technology. The following new packages are now shipping:
AXDSPX-HK4: Hyundai/Kia 2017-Up* (This package also includes an amplifier bypass harness)
Saddle Tramp DSP Package for Harley-Davidson:
A new water-resistant package, the AXDSPX-HD1, is now available for select 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, with or without an amplified sound system. The amplifier, if equipped, does not need to be retained. This package has a water-resistant case for the AXDSP-X with zip tie mounts and includes a vehicle-specific T-harness with a rubber boot that snaps into the housing, designed for outdoor use. All wiring for this product will be done at the radio location and it is Micro “B” USB updatable. This Axxess package is in stock and available now under Metra’s Saddle Tramp motorcycle accessories product line.
Axxess has recently updated all of their part numbers; the AX-DSP-X is now the AXDSP-X, with kits and harnesses following these same part number updates. Additional product information is available at AxxessInterfaces.com and installers can look for live webinars from theMetra YouTube channel to learn more about these products.
HOLLY HILL, FL (07.17.2020) – Axxess by Metra Electronics is now shipping new integration products for a wide range of GM and BMW vehicles. Adding to the Axxess Total Control Interface Series (AXTC) are eight new solutions for radio replacement integration, which include vehicle-specific harnessing and the AXTC data interface. When replacing a radio, the interface utilizes patented Auto-Detect technology1 that automatically detects the vehicle type, radio connection and preset controls, while allowing the ability to dual assign steering wheel controls. The AXTC interface also provides additional patent-pending features to give installers a single solution that offers total control. It also provides NAV outputs, accessory power and a 12-volt illumination output, in addition to retaining R.A.P. (retained accessory power). Additional features vary by vehicle application and may include chime retention, retaining balance and fade, and more.
The Total Control Interface Series is designed to work with all major radio brands. In addition to Auto-Detect, it can be manually programmed for most vehicles and will retain most settings even after battery disconnection or interface removal. Axxess has upgraded the LED feedback for simple, easier programming experience and provided improved, user-friendly instructions and a smaller interface box with a low-profile footprint. The entire series can be seen online at https://axxessinterfaces.com/products?search=axtc.
New Total Control Interface Products Now Shipping:
AXTC-LN11 Designed for select 2006-2012 Chevrolet, 2006-2010 Pontiac and 2007-2009 Saturn vehicles
AXTC-LN30 Designed for select 2019-up* Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac vehicles
AXTC-LN31 Designed for select 2019-up* Chevrolet and GMC vehicles
AXTC-LN44 Designed for select 2012-2016 Chevrolet and 2012-2015 GMC vehicles
AXTC-CL2 Designed for select 2000-2013 GM vehicles, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Isuzu, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, SAAB and Saturn
AXTC-LN29 Designed for select 2006-up* GM vehicles, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, Saturn and Suzuki
AXTC-LN10 Designed for select 2016-2019 Chevrolet and 2016-2019 GMC vehicles
AXTC-BM1 Designed for select 2006-2013 BMW and 2007-2015 Mini Cooper vehicles
Provides accessory power (12-volt 10-amp)
Retains R.A.P. (retained accessory power)
Provides 12-volt illumination output
Upgraded simple LED feedback
Improved user-friendly instructions
Provides NAV outputs (parking brake, reverse, and speed sense)
Designed to be compatible with all major radio brands
Auto detects vehicle type, radio connection, and presets controls
Ability to dual assign steering wheel control buttons
Can be manually programmed for most vehicles
Retains memory settings even after battery disconnection or interface removal
Micro “B” USB updatable
*See the application chart at AxxessInterfaces.com for up-to-date, vehicle specific information. (1) U.S. Patent No.8257147
HOLLY HILL, FL (05.22.2020) – Axxess by Metra Electronics is now shipping new AXDSP-X and AXDSP-L packages for a wide range of vehicles. These kits include the digital signal processor, a vehicle-specific wiring harness and if needed, an amplifier bypass harness and data interface for seamless integration. These new DSP kits provide everything in one convenient package and cover newer vehicle technologies, including B&O A2B amplifiers. Accessories for adding a Toslink optical output from the DSP “Lite” and audio streaming via Bluetooth are also now available. Metra Electronics continues to safely develop and ship new products from all of its warehouse locations to ensure that dealers have the solutions they need to keep their businesses running.
New Axxess DSP Packages: The AXDSP-X features 6 inputs, 10 individually assignable outputs with a 31-band graphic EQ on each channel and high, low and bandpass filters. New packages with the AXDSP-X and a vehicle-specific T-harness included are: ● AXDSPX-A2B2: Includes data interface. Designed for B&O A2B amplifiers for Ford 2017-2019 ● AXDSPX-MST1: Chevrolet 2014-2019 and GMC 2014-2018 ● AXDSPX-GL10: GM 2016-2018 ● AXDSPX-GL30: Chevrolet 2019-up* and GMC 2019-up* ● AXDSPX-GM31: Chevrolet 2019-up* and GMC 2019-up* ● AXDSPX-HN2: Honda 2016-up* ● AXDSPX-HN3: Honda 2016-2019 ● AXDSPX-HK2: Hyundai/Kia 2011-2016 ● AXDSPX-TY3: Toyota 2018-up* ● AXDSPX-VW2: Volkswagen 2016-2019, non-amplified models only
The AXDSP-L, DSP “Lite”, features 4 inputs, 6 outputs and a 15 band graphic EQ. New packages with the AXDSP-L and a vehicle-specific T-harness included are: ● AXDSPL-CH3: Chrysler 2011-2019 ● AXDSPL-CH4: Chrysler 2007-2018 ● AXDSPL-CH5: Chrysler 2013-Up* ● AXDSPL-FD1: Ford 2003-up* ● AXDSPL-FD2: Ford 2011-up* ● AXDSPL-GL1: GM 2006 -2012
Saddle Tramp DSP Packages: A new water-resistant package, the AXDSPX-HD2, is now available for Harley-Davidson 2014-up* models and includes a water-resistant case and harness with the AXDSP-X. This package is also available for the same applications but with the AXDSP-L, sold as AXDSPL-HD2. A universal AXDSP-L package, the AXDSPL-HD1, has a water-resistant case and includes a harness with a rubber boot that snaps into the housing, designed for outdoor use. These Axxess packages are in stock and available now under Metra’s Saddle Tramp motorcycle accessories product line.
Bluetooth Input for DSP “Lite”: Axxess is now shipping the AXDSPL-BT, used for adding a Bluetooth interface input for the AXDSP-L, which allows the user to stream music directly to the interface. This is ideal for use in UTVs or other powersports applications, golf carts or boats that may not have a head unit or room in the dashboard to add one. The AXDSPL-BT utilizes Bluetooth 3.0 technology for audio streaming.
Toslink Accessories for DSP “Lite”: Optical cables for the AXDSP-L are now available from 1 to 5 meters in length. The AXDSPL-SP is used for adding an optical 2-channel output from the AXDSP-L to deliver a cleaner signal with more noise rejection. This allows installers to utilize a 2-channel Toslink input that is commonly required for certain high-end amplifiers or processors. The optical cable part numbers are AXDSPL-T1 through 5.
Axxess has recently updated all of their part numbers; the AX-DSP-X is now the AXDSP-X and the AX-DSP-LITE is now the AXDSP-L, with kits and harnesses following these same part number updates. Additional product information is available at AxxessInterfaces.com and installers can look for live webinars each month from the Metra YouTube channel to learn more about these products.
HOLLY HILL, FL (01.30.2020) – Metra Electronics will host six training sessions at the 2020 KnowledgeFest event in Long Beach, California, for mobile electronics installers. As a Diamond Ultra sponsor, Metra is proud to support the industry by providing in-depth training sessions for installers, which will outline upgraded vehicle safety systems, selling and installing lighting solutions, simplified installs with digital signal processors and the future of vehicle integration. Metra will also have a drawing for new product giveaways at each session for attendees. Installer Institute will also be at the show, promoting their mobile electronics training programs and continuing education courses for existing 12volt professionals.
Both of the iBEAM training sessions, “Upgrading Vehicle Safety Systems with iBEAM,” will assist installers in identifying the essential selling points of safety and convenience, and will be held on Friday, February 7th from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. and Sunday, February 9th from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Installing aftermarket cameras and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in both consumer and commercial vehicles has become a significant revenue source for mobile electronics shops. Attendees will learn about iBEAM’s latest vehicle cameras, dashboard cameras with DVRs, replacement rearview mirrors, vehicle-specific solutions and commercial safety line. Whether it is a simple backup camera integration, an advanced motion detection camera setup or a high-tech 360-degree view system, Metra will teach installers how to sell and install their latest iBEAM safety solutions. They’ll also learn about the hot-button selling points and features that consumers and fleet owners are asking for, plus installation tips for a better understanding of what is involved in an upgrade. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the new 9” Rearview Mirror Monitor Touchscreen (TE-SM9) and 360-Degree Interior View Dash Camera Kit (TE-360DVR) from iBEAM.
Heise will also be hosting two training sessions, “Selling and Installing Heise LED Lighting Solutions,” on Saturday, February 8th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 9th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The recent popularity in aftermarket LED lighting presents a valuable opportunity for installers to go beyond car audio services, giving consumers a way to customize their ride and increase visibility in the dark. However, not all LED lights on the market are the same. This session will allow installers to learn about Heise’s unique features and selling points that have set this brand apart from the rest. This training will cover new lightbars, integrating switch panels, replacement LED headlights, RGB and RGBW accent lights and safety lights for upfitting commercial equipment and fleet vehicles. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the new 8 Gang Panel System (HE-SWP8) or 20″ Edgeless Slimline Lightbar (HE-TSL20) product giveaways from Heise.
Axxess will be hosting two different training sessions. The first session, “Simplify your Installs with Axxess Digital Signal Processors,” will cover the entire Axxess AX-DSP product line and how these solutions can increase sales in the showroom and decrease time in the bay. The session will be hosted on Saturday, February 8th from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m and will show installers that upgrading a sound system doesn’t have to be complicated. This training will also go over and explain how to use the different types of applications offered within the AX-DSP line, including CAN-based systems, new A2B systems, MOST25, and MOST50 vehicle technology. Metra will also discuss how to use and set up the AX-DSP through the app for complete tuning control and when to use the DSP “Lite” versus “X” solutions. As vehicle technology becomes more and more complex, installers can look for Metra’s patented DSP products to help simplify installation and provide affordable audio solutions for their customers.
The second Axxess training session on Friday, February 7th from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., “The Future of Vehicle Integration with New Axxess Products,” addresses the growing challenges and complexity of integration for the aftermarket 12volt industry. With the reduction in OE radio chassis sizes, the rising popularity of tablet-style screens, and many of the personalization features controlled through the OE radio, it is difficult for shops to offer simple aftermarket solutions. Attendees will learn about new products from Axxess that have been engineered specifically to address the complexity of today’s integrated vehicle technology systems and retain key convenience and safety features when upgrading a radio. For consumers who want to keep their radio but add safety, navigation, smart device mirroring, or simply override the annoying STOP/START engine feature, installers can learn about these new products from Axxess that will make their customer’s ride much more enjoyable. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the new AX-DSP-LITE from Axxess.
Attendees can register for the training session or scan their badge at Metra’s booth before the start of the sessions to be entered into a drawing for one of the two product giveaways for each training session. The drawing will take place at the end of the sessions, and attendees must be present to win.
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 #1006 from February 7th-9th at the Long Beach Convention Center. Additional information about the show, produced by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), is available at KnowledgeFest.org.
HOLLY HILL, FL (01.21.2020) – Axxess Integrate by Metra Electronics is expanding its line of STOP/START engine override interfaces to now cover GM vehicles. The AXSSO-GM is an interface designed to automatically disengage the STOP/START engine feature on select 2016-up* GM vehicles.
This new and exclusive technology was previously introduced at CES 2019 for select Ford and Chrysler models. The patent-pending interface can be used with factory or aftermarket radios. The AXSSO-GM has weather-resistant housing and harnessing, with a simple two-wire installation under the hood.
As some newer vehicles come equipped with a way to disengage the engine’s STOP/START feature, there are still several GM models that do not allow the driver to turn this off. This may become bothersome at long traffic lights during hot or inclement weather, as it could affect the vehicle’s ability to cool or heat the interior.
The vibration of the engine turning on and off may also be annoying to some drivers during city driving. Now, installers will have the ability to offer GM owners the option to override their engine STOP/START feature with the new AXSSO-GM interface. This new interface is coming soon and will be on display with Metra Electronics at CES from January 7-10, 2020 at booth 5211 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.