KICKER Awards the 2019 Sales Rep- and Firm-of-the-Year at CES

STILLWATER, OK (01.20.2020) – Stillwater Designs was proud to recognize Daniel Hernandez of Trent Partners and Associates (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) as the 2019 KICKER Manufacturers Representative-of-the-Year, and Marketing Pros (Conroe, Texas) as Manufacturers Representative Firm-of-the-Year during its annual meetings at CES in Las Vegas.

Covering Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, Marketing Pros were chosen for their attentiveness to dealers, their communication skills and ability to grow new business in their territories. The Marketing Pros team consists of Pete Daley (principal), Kevin Knox, Jim Wehling, Mike Penny, George Reed and Kristin Daley.

Marketing Pros – pictured left to right are Kevin Knox, Kristin Daley, Pete Daley and Brad Ganz

“Ultimately, the reps are an extension of us,” said Brad Ganz, KICKER’s Regional Sales Manager for the Central U.S. “If they’re doing a good job, dealers are happy. If there is a problem, we want the reps to be able to handle the issue quickly and effectively. It’s a well-oiled machine that keeps moving forward.”

Daniel Hernandez (left) with Matt Matheson

The KICKER Rep-of-the-Year criteria is similar to that of the companies for which they work. Individual service and communication skills are evaluated in conjunction with fiscal criteria.

“Daniel has impressed me with his work ethic,” said Matt Matheson, KICKER’s Northeast Regional Sales Manager. “He works very well with everyone internally. His product knowledge and extensive technical background in the car-stereo industry have all contributed to dealers in his territory valuing his input.”

KICKER places a premium on servicing its dealers.  Every year, KICKER celebrates the representative firm and individual reps that consistently exceed expectations, measured by financial growth, providing outstanding service to customers and maintaining clear, reliable communication with members of the KICKER corporate team.

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SCOSCHE Industries Previewed NEXS2 Full HD Smart Dual Dash Camera – Powered by Nexar, at CES

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.17.2020) – SCOSCHE previewed their feature-rich, Smart Dual DashCamera – Powered by Nexar, for attendees of the 2020 International CES.

The NEXS2 is part of a range of new Scosche Smart Dash Cameras that leverages the technology of your smartphone and the Nexar safe driving app to record, capture, store and upload to your personal Nexar Cloud, video footage of your drives and significant incidents. Together, this Dash Cam, the Nexar safe driving app and a smartphone (iOS or Android), will help protect your vehicle, your livelihood, your reputation, and most importantly, your personal safety.

With its two cameras, the NEXS2 captures video footage both inside and outside of the vehicle. The front, forward-facing camera has a 1080p @30fps, Sony Starvis Image Sensor with 155-degree wide angle lens and ultra-low light visibility +HDR for superior night vision.The rear, inward-facing camera has a 720p @30pfs with 140-degree wide angle lens sensor paired with IR LED array for visibility within the vehicle cabin, even in dark conditions.

Whether you’re driving to the local store, or you’re a professional driver carrying dozens of passengers and driving hundreds of miles per week, you need to be prepared for anything. And, in the event of an incident, either inside or outside of your vehicle, it’s crucial to have a reliable witness. There’s nothing more credible than video footage and the Nexar app features One-Click reporting that sends a comprehensive incident report directly to (participating) insurance companies.

On a lighter note, dash cams also let you capture those strange, amazing, and often funny moments that have to be seen to be believed. The NEXS2 makes it easy to share your video footage of those moments with your friends and family, and on social media.

NEXS2 is equipped with a robust WiFi to quickly and reliably connect and communicate with your smartphone. It’s high-precision 3-Axis G-Sensor automatically detects, measures and records incidents and supports the Parking mode. Parking mode records and saves video of incidents and impacts that occur when you (and your phone) are not in your vehicle.

The Nexar safe driving app works with the NEXS2 to provide GPS data, and Siri Shortcut integration, The Nexar app works while you drive and stops when you do. The app also, very importantly, provides free storage of significant events to your personal Nexar Cloud. Once uploaded to the Cloud, the footage auto-deletes from your camera so you never run out of storage space.

Installation is simple and everything you need is included with the Dash Cam, including: 24W dual-port USB car charger, 90°-angle USB 11.5 ft. power cable, and installation tools, ties and mounts.

The NEXS2, part of Scosche’s SafeTech line will become available Summer 2020 at an MSRP of $199.99.

Visit scosche.com for more.

Heise LED Lighting Systems Introduced Super Slimline Lightbar Series at CES

HOLLY HILL, FL (01.16.2020) – Heise by Metra Electronics unveiled a new series of lightbars at CES 2020. The new Super Slimline Series of single-row LED lighbars offers a clean, sleek look, engineered with an optic design and a new chipset that offers a brighter, higher output of light for its size.

This modern slimline style doesn’t sacrifice its durability or IP67 rating, as it features Heise’s proprietary torture-tested heavy-duty construction with a virtually unbreakable polycarbonate lens and integrated-epoxy encapsulated electronics. This lightbar has a military breather port that allows any internal moisture caused by extreme heat and rapid cooling to escape while preventing any external moisture fro fm entering the housing.

HE-SS550

The new sleek design produces less wind noise and comes with dual mounting options, one for a side mount and one for a rear rail mount. A hybrid beam pattern features a combination of a 90-degree flood beam and an 8-degree spot beam for an intense spotlight in the center flanked by a widebeam driving light for a larger area of illumination. These new lightbars will be available soon in 5.5”, 9”, 20.50”, 32”, 39.5” and 51” lengths.       

HE-SS51

HE-SL Series Product Specifications:

  • Length: 5.5” (HE-SS550), 9” (HE-SS9), 20.50” (HE-SS2050), 32” (HE-SS32), 39.5” (HE-SS3950) and 51” (HE-SS51)
  • Wattage: 9W, 18W, 45W, 72W, 90W and 117W
  • Raw Lumens: 810 lm, 1620 lm, 4050 lm, 6480 lm, 8100 lm and 10530 lm
  • Current Consumption @ 13.8V: 0.55A, 1.08A, 2.80A, 4.55A, 5.78A and 7.60A
  • IP Rating: IP67

Visit HeiseLED.com for more.

Nakamichi Car Audio Kicked Off CES with National Sales Meeting

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.13.2020) – In the shadows of the new Las Vegas Raiders football stadium, Nakamichi held a National Sales Meeting on Monday afternoon, January 6 at the Marriott Courtyard Las Vegas South.

The meeting was opened with introductions provided by Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager for Nakamichi Car Audio. A keynote speech was given by current Nakamichi Japan President and former Pioneer USA President Kiyokazu Igarashi. Igarashi-san joined the company in May of last year and said he was humbled to head such a storied brand. He urged the reps to give their input and let him know what type of products were needed to ensure the brand’s success.

David Bradman (in the foreground) Diplomat Trading President, addressing the reps during the national sales meeting.

David Bradman, President of Diplomat Trading—the exclusive agent for Nakamichi Car Audio in the U.S. welcomed all the reps and thanked them for making the trip to Las Vegas. David shared some of his company’s past 40+ year history and his enthusiasm for the Nakamichi brand. From there a new product presentation was hosted by Sheamson Yeo, World Wide Sales Manager for Nakamichi Car Audio.

Sheamson Yeo, World Wide Nakamichi Car Audio Sales Manager, during his presentation to the representatives at the national sales meeting.

Other topics discussed were commission structures, MAP enforcement and product show specials.

McNeal and Bradman would like to recognize the rep groups that were able to make the trip to CES along with the huge investment of time and money required attend the show. Rep firms attending the meeting included

Gemini Advantage Marketing (NY/NJ)
M.C. Marketing (Southeast)
Encore (Mid Atlantic)
Cardoza and Company (No Calif and No NV)
Sound Sales and Marketing (So Calif)
Arrowhead Marketing (Dakotas and MN)
Advanced Marketing (Pac NW)
Discovery On-Mark (Rocky Mtn and AZ/NM)
Mielenz Sales (Illinois)
Foresight Marketing (Hawaii)

During Day 1 of the show Nakamichi had its 2021 CES booth selection and is pleased to announce that the company will return to Vegas next January to exhibit in the new West Hall which is currently under construction.

Visit nakamichi-usa.com for more.

Alpine’s Halo is Back and Bigger than Ever with a Large 11-Inch Screen

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.10.2020) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. has added a third model to its popular Halo category. The new iLX-F411 mech-less (no CD/DVD) Audio/Video receiver features the same “hovering” screen platform as its predecessors while boasting a larger, 11-inch touchscreen – 49 percent more surface area than the 9-inch.

“The impact that Alpine’s Halo9 has had in the industry cannot be understated,” said Mike Anderson, Vice President and General Manager, Brand Business Unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “The introduction of the new 11-inch display solidifies Alpine as an industry leader with the biggest display on the market.”

The iLX-F411 debuted today during the 2020 International CES, taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 7-10.

Customizable User Interface
The iLX-F411 has the same features as its predecessor, the iLX-F259, including a customizable user interface, with three home screens and 22 available widgets that can be customized through swipe and drag-and-drop motions. Users can personalize the backgrounds using their own photos or several pre-loaded patterns.

Through extensive industry research, the iLX-F411 includes all the features needed to command an exciting drive and is an ideal upgrade for the active weekender or everyday commuter. The increased screen size allows for safe navigation and easy control of music, text messages and phone calls through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Features and System Expansion
The large, 11-inch screen has a WVGA display, Capacitive Touch, and Swipe Graphical User Interface (GUI) that’s optimized for in-vehicle smartphone use so drivers can access Apple CarPlay or Android Auto with the Google Assistant for music, messages, or maps while keeping their eyes on the road. It features built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming and is SiriusXM-Ready (requires a SiriusXM tuner and subscription, sold separately).

External sources can be connected via the USB port, AUX input or HDMI input. One universal rear camera input or additional cameras can be added when used with the KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector (cameras and selector sold separately). Drivers can retain select factory features like vehicle information and parking assist display on compatible vehicles with the iDatalink Maestro module (sold separately).*

  • iDatalink connectivity available via software update Fall 2020

Installation Fitment
The iLX-F411 follows the same flexible installation fitment as its 9-inch predecessor with an adjustable mount and four screen angle adjustments, five screen height adjustments and two screen depth adjustments for optimized viewing.

The 1-DIN chassis and adjustable installation options make it easy to add the iLX-F411 to a variety of applications without blocking factory buttons or features on the dash and avoiding the need for custom installation.

The iLX-F411 will ship in March for $1,200 SRI and will be for sale at Alpine Authorized retailers or online at http://www.alpine-usa.com through Crutchfield. Installation options can be found on the Alpine-USA website through the store locator.

The Halo Display Category includes:

NEW iLX-F411 11-INCH MECH-LESS AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER
• 11-inch WVGA display with capacitive touchscreen
• Floating style display with adjustable height, depth and angle mounting bracket
• Customizable user interface (three pages with 22 available widgets)
• Customizable wallpaper (user photos)
• Works with Apple CarPlay
• The Google Assistant is available on Android Auto
• SiriusXM-Ready
• Bluetooth built-in for hands-free calling and audio streaming
• 1 HDMI input and 1 HDMI output
• iDatalink connectivity for vehicle information and parking assist display on compatible vehicles*
• FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV music playback
• AVI/MP4/MPG/MOV/WMV video playback via USB
• JPG/PNG/BMP USB photo viewer
• 5-band graphic EQ
• 45W x 4 Amp
• 3 Preouts (4V)
• 6-channel time correction
• 1 Rearview camera input with distance guide display
• Available in March SRI: $1,200

iDatalink connectivity for vehicle information and parking assist display on compatible vehicles
*Available via software update Fall 2020

iLX-F309 HALO 9-INCH MECH-LESS AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER
• 9-inch WVGA display with capacitive touchscreen and swipe graphical user interface
• Floating style display with adjustable height, depth and angle mounting bracket
• Works with Pandora Music for iPhone and Android
• Built-in HD Radio
• My Favorites Function
• MediaXpander HD
• Works with Apple CarPlay
• The Google Assistant is available on Android Auto
• SiriusXM-Ready
• Bluetooth built-in for hands-free calling and audio streaming
• iDatalink connectivity for vehicle information and parking assist display on compatible vehicles
• FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback
• AVI/MPEG4 video playback via USB
• Alpine TuneIt App for iPhone and Android
• Bass Engine SQ
• 9-band graphic EQ
• 50W x 4 High Power Amp
• KAC-001 Accessory Controller Ready
• KXC250MC Multi-Camera Switcher Ready
• 1 HDMI input
• 3 Preouts (4V)
• 6-channel time correction
• 1 Rearview camera input with distance guide display
• Available now SRI: $1,200

iLX-F259 HALO 9-INCH MECH-LESS AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER
• 9-inchWVGA display with capacitive touchscreen
• Floating style display with adjustable height, depth and angle mounting bracket
• Customizable User Interface (three pages with 22 available widgets)
• Customizable wallpaper (user photos)
• Works with Apple CarPlay
• The Google Assistant is available on Android Auto
• SiriusXM-Ready
• Bluetooth built-in for hands-free calling and audio streaming
• FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV music playback
• AVI/MP4/MPG/MOV/WMV video playback via USB
• JPG/PNG/BMP USB photo viewer
• 5-band graphic EQ
• 45W x 4 Amp
• 3 Preouts (4V)
• 6-channel time correction
• 1 Rearview camera input with distance guide display
• Available now SRI: $800

Visit www.alpine-usa.com for more.

DS18 Audio at CES 2020 “We Like It Loud” in the Central Hall Booth 18029

MIAMI GARDENS, FL / LAS VEGAS, NV (01.10.2020) – Over the 2,500 miles one way in the making, DS18 sent their senior staff to present all the amazing mobile audio products the company brings to market. Sasha Susterman (CEO) and team traveled all the way from Miami, FL to show off all the amazing new products that DS18 has to offer for 2020. DS18 has a huge catalog that contains absolutely everything a dealer would ever need for any build… without having to source from other manufacturers. Everything is covered by an outstanding 1-year warranty where items can be repaired in house by our skilled engineers.

JEEP Products – One of the many things people love about DS18 is that they provide a massive amount of Jeep products for almost every late model Jeep on the market. Whether you have a JK, JL, TJ, or Gladiator DS18 some very innovative products for your every need. On the floor you will see the DS18 J-Loud rear facing wall of speakers that contain four drivers, four tweeters, and four 8-inch mids that mounts to the rear side of the Jeep’s roll bar. The J-Loud is sold bare bones so you can pick and choose your speaker combo that best suits your needs for maximum loudness. Also, the DS18 JK and JL soundbars come loaded with RGBs and speakers that will make old factory soundbar obsolete and turn a Jeep into a concert on wheels. In the line DS18has new bolt on jeep door pods that allow dealers to have a great custom show look and be able to upgrade to massive pro audio speakers for any door of your choosing. Last but not least the DS18 JSUB.2 was taken out of their most showed Jeep in the world (The Big Bad Wolf) and put into production for all Jeepers to enjoy…. if they are wanting massive bass in a custom Jeep box with digital LEDS and plexiglass windows so you can see the 12 inch subs it carries.

MARINE and Side X Side Products – DS18 also has a HUGE selection of marine applications that can fit on any boat and off-road vehicle for
the masses to enjoy. DS18 carries a multitude of speaker pods in sizes of 6, 8, and massive 10 inch. These pods will turn every head in the area to see where the sound is coming from. They also offer bolt on universal soundbars, dual speaker pods with included driver, dual sided pods, driver pods, and much more. DS18’s extensive line of marine IP65 rated amps are very durable and put out 100% of advertised power very efficiently. DS18 has also introduced marine grade flat amps like the NXL N4 so enthusiasts can have that perfect factory look without any protruding equipment anywhere. DS18 everything needed for boat, side X side or 4-wheeler covered.

PRO Audio – DS18’s forte is their pro audio line. The Company has absolutely everything one can imagine in their pro audio line that any enthusiast would need just for jamming out in your car in everyday traffic, or the most intense pro audio competitions. DS18 has taken away countless awards for their pro audio and is now winning worldwide. DS18 has some of our most popular speakers now available in combo packs so all know what exact speakers match like the ProX6.4BMPK that comes with their own specific high wattage super tweeters or our Pro GM8.4PK that is similar but come with different mids. Both models come in 6 inches and 8 inches. There are over 700 items in the DS18 pro audio section alone which is more than 99% of any manufacturer to date. There is absolutely nothing for a vehicle you can’t find there. Any sub in any size will astonish you with the quality of build and finish will surly stand the test of time.

MOTORCYCLE Audio – DS18’s motorcycle following is huge to say the least. The company has many bikers blaring maximum volume on their bikes winning awards and breaking records wherever they go. Some of the newest additions are the Motorcycle specific SM6.2 and SM8.2 which have been beefed up to take the vibration and moisture that bikes are regularly exposed to without any problems. Torn and warped speakers are a thing of the past with these bike specific powerhouses. If that’s not enough, DS18 even beefed these bad boys up even more and added Neodymium magnets, so their sensitivity goes through the roof. What that means for all is they get louder on less power and handle more power more efficiently. Both sets of the SM6.2, SM8.2, Pro M6.2 NEO, and Pro M 8.2 NEO come with an RMS rating of 250w so all know these babies will scream. DS18 also offers many other different speakers that can be used in countless different applications for your bike so the whole town can hear you coming.

DS18 is in the Central Hall booth18029 at CES 2020.

Visit DS18.com for more.

SSV Works Launches Host of New Powersports Audio Solutions at 2020 CES Show

OXNARD, CA (01.10.2020) – SSV Works will launch a number of new powersports audio solutions during the 2020 CES Show, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from Jan. 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth N4900.

SSV Works CEO Trevor Kaplan (L) and Ted Lopez pictured in the Company’s North Hall Booth at CES 2020.

“After a very successful 2019 and coming off a multi-award winning SEMA Show, we are proud to feature the latest in high-end powersports audio solutions for 2020 during the CES Show,” said Trevor Kaplan, SSV Works CEO. “From subwoofers and speakers for Polaris Pro XP, to Bluetooth media controllers, SSV Works once again is leading the category for the most sought-after off-road audio products on the market.”

Expand the Polaris RZR Pro XP Ride Command audio system with the RZ5-UD10 10-in. sub enclosure.

  • Easily installs under the dash using factory mounting locations
  • Weather-proof design
  • $399.95 MSRP with SSV Works powersports 10-in. Subwoofer
The new WP-A8 is shown in a cut away in the SSV Works Booth.

Expand the Polaris RZR Pro XP Ride Command audio system with the RZ5-DF65 front door mounted Powersports 6.5-inch speaker pods.

  • Easily installs on the top half of the front doors using factory mounting locations – works with factory lower door inserts
  • Weather-proof design
  • $329.95 MSRP with SSV Works powersports 6.5-in. speakers

The MRB2R is an amplified Bluetooth rocker media controller.

  • Compact design easily mounts in a standard Rocker Switch location
  • Includes small but powerful 4-channel 200-watt amplifier
  • Wirelessly stream audio from your smartphone and control volume, track, play/pause or aux-input
  • Hyper-white back lit weather-proof rubber buttons
  • $129.95 MSRP

Engineered specifically for powersports applications, the new WP-A8 weather-proof speaker brings audiophile-grade components to the outdoors.

  • Injection molded cone with stitched surround
  • Weather-proof construction
  • Lightweight Neodymium magnet
  • Ultra-efficient for more output
  • Titanium tweeter for clarity outdoors over engine noise
  • 75w RMS – 150w Peak
  • $229.95 MSRP

For more information, visit www.SSVWorks.com, call 818-991-1SSV (1778), or email sales@SSVworks.com.