JVC Debuts HD Radio and Alexa Built-In Audio Receiver at CES

LONG BEACH, CA & LAS VEGAS, NV (01.09.2020) – JVC Mobile Entertainment is introducing its new HD Radio equipped digital media receiver, the KD-X470BHS ($139.95 MSRP) at this year’s CES, completing its line of 10 new audio receivers for 2020. The KD-X470BHS will proudly showcase increased sound quality and advanced features along with its built-in HD Radio tuner. The model also touts Alexa-Built-in.

The KD-X470BHS just began shipping and is the final model of audio receivers to ship for 2020, accompanying the KD-X270BT ($89.95 MSRP), KD-X370BTS ($109.95 MSRP), KD-T710BT ($109.95 MSRP), KD-TD71BT ($109.95 MSRP), KD-T910BTS ($119.95 MSRP), KD-TD91BTS ($119.95 MSRP), KD-T915BTS ($149.95 MSRP), KW-X840BTS ($139.95 MSRP), and KW-R940BTS ($159.95 MSRP).

Josh Bowen, JVCKENWOOD Product Specialist, showing off the latest JVC Mobile Entertainment products on the show floor at CES 2020.

HD Radio is a great feature for users that enjoy listening to AM/FM stations with enhanced content and better sound quality, all with no monthly fees. HD Radio is a Digital technology that allows a radio station to transmit more information in the same radio wave, enabling higher quality sound and additional content. HD Radio technology upgrades AM Stations to FM Station-like sound quality, while FM Stations are broadcast with CD-like sound quality. Unlike typical FM or AM transmission, HD Radio has crystal clear reception with low noise and no audio distortion.

Amazon Alexa is now included in 9 of JVC’s new audio receivers and is a new feature to the industry. Alexa was created to make life just that much more convenient. This great new feature allows easy access to Alexa with the simple push of the Alexa button on the receiver. This completely changes the game for smartphone users, now able to speak to Alexa using simple voice commands to enjoy your favorite music and content from streaming services like the SiriusXM and Pandora mobile apps, get directions to the nearest gas station or anywhere you would like to go, control smart home devices, and more — all while you keep your eyes safely on the road ahead.

In addition to these great features, the KD-X470BHS will also elegantly showcase a modernized appearance with a 2-zone variable color illumination display that’s available for music sync illumination, of which creates that perfect look as it sits in the dash of your vehicle. While maintaining a more than satisfying appearance, it also delivers several key elements for better sound as well, including a 13-Band graphic EQ with 11 preset EQ settings, time alignment, space enhancement, sound lift, K2 technology for enhanced digital sound quality, and 3 sets of 5 volt high voltage RCA Pre-outs. To add to the ease of use, it features a shallow chassis (3-15/16”) mounting depth, and is also be compatible with the JVC remote control app for easy control from your smartphone. The KD-X470BHS 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.

Visit us.jvc.com/car for more.

Pioneer Debuts Range of NEX In-Dash Receivers with Amazon Alexa Built-In at CES 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.09.2020) – At CES, Pioneer Electronics’ debuted its newest lineup of flagship NEX in-dash receivers that feature the latest automotive connectivity solutions, including Amazon Alexa Built-in. With Alexa, drivers can ask to play music, hear the news, check weather, control smart home devices, and more. Available in three different product configurations and three different screen sizes, all five models also feature Android Auto (wired/wireless), Apple CarPlay (wired/wireless), widget-based live weather and sports content and a variety of multimedia entertainment capabilities.

The Pioneer booth in the North Hall is front and center at the main entrance.

The CES 2020 Pioneer flagship NEX in-dash receiver lineup includes:

DMH-WT8600NEX (10.1 inch) / DMH-WT7600NEX (9 inch): Models feature an all-new floating display configuration, allowing an extraordinarily large display to be installed using a universal 1-DIN chassis. The floating screen offers horizontal, vertical and tilt adjustability to ensure the best fit and usability in the vehicle’s dash. The DMH-WT8600NEX has a suggested price of $1,200, and the DMH-WT7600NEX has a suggested price of $1,000.

DMH-WT8600NEX

DMH-WC6600NEX (9 inch): This model joins Pioneer’s lineup of modular solutions in-dash receivers introduced at CES 2019 that feature a modular design combining a large touchscreen display with a hideaway control unit that installers can tuck into separate compartments of the automobile. The DMH-WC6600NEX has a suggested price of $900.

DMH-WC6600NEX

DMH-W4660NEX / DMH-W4600NEX (6.8 inch): Traditional 2DIN chassis for universal application in most vehicles on the road in the U.S. Both units have a suggested price of $600.

DMH-W4660NEX

These new in-dash receivers are the latest additions to Pioneer’s growing portfolio of automotive technology and services. More information on Pioneer’s other business units including sensor solutions to support the future of autonomous driving, data solutions to enhance driver safety and security, and product solutions that can add connectivity and infotainment to practically any vehicle, can be found here.

If you’d like to see some of these products in action, stop by the Pioneer booth located at North Hall Booth #3902 to learn more.

Visit pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA for more.

KENWOOD Releases Trio of Installer Friendly, High Power Handling, Hi-Resolution Audio Certified Speakers

LONG BEACH, CA & LAS VEGAS, NV (01.08.2020) – At this year’s CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center, KENWOOD USA announced the addition of three new Hi-Res Audio speakers that will begin shipping this month. From the eXcelon Reference line, these speakers are designed to deliver accurately detailed, powerful sound, desired by the most critical of listeners. The XR-1801P 7”(18cm) component set (MSRP $449.95), XR-1701P 6-1/2”(17cm) component set (MSRP $399.95) and XR-1701 6.5”(17cm) coax set (MSRP $249.95) all offer higher power handling and more versatile installation options than their predecessors.

With a focus on factory integration and sound quality reproduction, these speakers offer versatile mounting options for most current vehicle demands where space is a premium and complex adapters are required for proper fitment.

Marcus Vasconcellos, JVCKENWOOD Product Specialist, pictured with the new hi-res speakers in the Kenwood booth in the North Hall at CES 2020.

The oversized 7” glass fiber cone mid-bass drivers from the XR-1801P components fit nicely into many Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and Nissan factory speaker locations. With the included direct-fit multi-bracket, this increases the woofer surface area over factory speakers, providing louder and more responsive mid-bass performance, simply utilizing existing hardware and the correct adaptor without the need to modify factory mounts. An all-new 1-3/16”(30mm) Titanium hard dome wide-range super tweeter offers flexible mounting options, including a flush mount for that custom or “factory-like” fitment. Power handling is hard to beat, with an amazing 120 Watts RMS at 3 ohms, while still being able to reproduce frequencies from 35 Hz to 40 kHz(-10dB).

The XR-1701P component set utilizes 6-1/2” glass giber cone mid bass drivers that fit directly into many standard 6-1/2” speaker openings. They also benefit from an improved surround roll shape and new woofer center cap with tuning rib, of which the XR-1801P shares as well. This component set can reproduce clean detail at a constant 100 Watts RMS at 3 ohms, with a 43 Hz to 40 kHz(-10dB) frequency response. Both sets include a bi-amp crossover network, along with a -3dB tweeter attenuation option, for even more control over this already extremely capable component set.

To complete this trio, the XR-1701 6-1/2” coax speaker set will give you similar performance as the component sets, but with the simplicity of an all-in-one speaker with a center mounted 1-3/16” (30mm) Titanium hard dome wide-range super tweeter and built-in High-quality capacitor. This set can handle a continuous 100 Watts of RMS power at 3 ohms, with a 45 Hz-to 40 kHz(-10dB) response, and will be a great option when a separate tweeter is not required.

“With the importance of bringing high quality, Hi-Res sound to the car, these speakers perfectly balance fitment options and performance,” said Mike Roberts, VP of Sales and Marketing. “The extremely high power handling and installation versatility will make these some of the most popular eXcelon Reference speakers yet!”

All models will be shipping this month. For detailed information on specific features, please view their respective product pages at http://www.kenwood.com/usa/car.

Visit us.jvckenwood.com, kenwood.com/usa and us.jvc.com/car.

SSV Works Launches SwitchWorks: New Electronic Smart Switcher at 2020 CES Show

OXNARD, CA & LAS VEGAS, NV (01.08.2020) – SSV Works is launching the new SwitchWorks SW-E12 Weather-Proof electronic smart switcher during the 2020 CES Show, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from Jan. 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth N4900. Scheduled to be available in summer 2020, the SW-E12 is a plug-and-play switcher controlling 12 accessories from the fully programmable LCD touch buttons that can be customized for each individual vehicle or accessory.

“SwitchWorks by SSV Works’ electronic switcher is the first of its kind featuring 12 fully programmable outputs, solid state electronics, and IP-rated Weather-Proofing to handle the rigors of truck, Jeep, and UTV applications,” explained Trevor Kaplan, SSV Works CEO. “Command the SW-E12’s outputs with its hyper-bright LCD touch button controller which allows for full customization of the button graphics and easy viewability in direct sunlight. Users can choose any of the 64 pre-loaded icons or upload your own custom image and assign to any button.”

Additionally, the controller’s compact size allows for multiple mounting options. The positive response Touchbutton displays are programmable for any accessory or combination of accessories for on-road and off-road vehicle applications. Optional vehicle-specific mounting kits are also available for seamless in-vehicle integration.

“The 200amp weatherproof module is made from cast aluminum for maximum heat dissipation to increase reliability and off-road durability,” Kaplan continued. “All wires utilize waterproof connectors for secure connections to further increase waterproofing and reliability. We are very excited to present the SW-E12 to the powersports enthusiast.”

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

JVC Names SSV Works as New Premiere Powersports Distributor for KD-MR1BTS Digital Media Receiver

LONG BEACH, CA (01.07.2020) – Debuting at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, JVC Mobile Entertainment is thrilled to announce a brand new partnership with SSV Works, the market leader in powersports. Named as JVC’s premiere powersports distributor for the KD-MR1BTS digital media receiver, SSV Works will provide vehicle specific plug & play dash kits and harnessing for some of the most popular side-by-sides to date.

“In an ongoing effort to create excitement and offer product solutions to meet our customer’s demands, a partnership with SSV Works made perfect sense,” said Ron Trout, JVC Director of sales. “By leveraging SSV Works’ extensive off-road vehicle experience, we are certain the JVC KD-MR1BTS is in excellent hands.”

The JVC KD-MR1BTS provides outdoor enthusiasts with a super rugged, IPX6 rated receiver with the best in functionality, performance, and design. Along with its 2.7” color display, it has built in Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a built-in global tuner with weather band, a 7 Band EQ + 2 sets of RCA Pre-outs for system expansion, a USB and camera input, and is also SiriusXM-Ready. With its simple, clean, and aggressive design concept, large buttons make common tasks like adjusting the volume or pressing a control button while wearing gloves easy.

With the convenience of SSV Works plug & play solutions for select Polaris and CanAm side-by-sides shipping this Spring, customers will be able achieve high-end sound that’s built to last, now easier than ever before.

Come by and see it in action at the SSV Works booth N4900 and the JVCKENWOOD booth N4602 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 7 – 10.

For more information on JVC Mobile Entertainment and SSV Works, please visit us.jvc.com/car and SSVWorks.com.

Hello CES 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.06.2020) – The Consumer Electronics Show 2020 is set to fill venues across Las Vegas from Tuesday through Friday, January 7th -10th respectively. Expect to see much more at CES 2020 that Consumer Electronics. Signage in the LVCC Central Hall notes Audio Video, Enterprise Solutions plus Travel and Tourism. A headline on the CNN website was titled ‘Sex Toys, Giant TVs and Alexa in Everything: The biggest trends to watch for at CES 2020.” Also, CTA is ‘Trailing’ facial recognition for CES badge pickup.

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The massive North Hall, at one time all 12volt, is now occupied by maybe 10% 12volt exhibitors. The Westgate Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and other venues across Vegas will highlight many 12volt companies in ballrooms and sky suites featuring product displays plus food and refreshments. In some cases Uber and Lyft vouches are offered to help CES attendees navigate the arduous trips between venues.

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CES is a tremendous investment for all who attend…exhibitors, companies holding meetings and attendees who travel to Vegas from around the globe to see the latest products. During CES, plus days following, the 12volt Central Studios will feature news from CES 2020 in Vegas. Embargoed press releases from companies-including Alpine, JVC, Kenwood, SSV Works, Dual, Jensen, Maxxsonics, Scosche and Stinger will be posted. In addition daily action from the venue floors will be posted on 12voltnews.com plus Instagram and Facebook @12voltnews.

Keep up to date on action from CES 2020 across Vegas on Instagram and Facebook #12vnn_ces2020. We will make multiple posts daily from the 12volt Central Studios.

We wish all a very successful CES 2020.

AudioControl Announces Celebrity Booth Appearance at CES 2020

SEATTLE, WA (01.05.2020) – AudioControl has announced that Rick Harrison from the World-Famous Gold and Silver Pawn and reality TV fame will be showing off his 1947 Dodge Power Wagon, with a new sound system featuring AudioControl amplifiers, at AudioControl’s CES Booth, 3921. Harrison will be in the booth to meet with show attendees and sign autographs on Wednesday, January 8th at 1PM. The Power Wagon audio system features the 6-channel AudioControl D-6.1200 DSP-enabled amplifier powering an active 3-way front speaker system. AudioControl’s DM Smart DSP was utilized to fine-tune the full stage and attain the highest levels of clarity and detail. The subwoofer is driven by AudioControl’s mighty 1500 Watt LC-1.1500 mono amplifier.

Rick Harrison from the World-Famous Gold and Silver Pawn

Many New AudioControl Products at CES
The AudioControl CES booth will feature many new products that deliver performance for car audio enthusiasts and create unique opportunities for 12-volt specialists. Show attendees will see two new 5-channel amplifiers from AudioControl that both offer 200 Watts RMS X4 @ 2-Ohm (125 Watts X4-channels RMS @ 4-Ohm) and 500 Watts X1-channel @ 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 specs and performance without the DSP features. Additionally, AudioControl will proudly unveil the company’s first ever marine/motorsports amplifiers, designed to deliver outstanding audio performance with the rugged durability required for high-humidity applications. AudioControl will also be showing many new OEM interface solutions to enhance their LC and LGD series solutions that offer unparalleled performance, are more flexible and easier to use. All new products on display at CES Booth 3921.

DM-RTA
Also on display in booth 3921 will be the groundbreaking DM-RTA, a one-of-a-kind sophisticated yet compact audio analyzer containing powerful analysis software designed to provide installers with the features of a fully functioning Oscilloscope, Voltage Meter, Real Time Audio Analyzer (RTA), SPL Meter and Polarity Checker. Because installers are often on-the-go and in cramped spaces when building a car audio system, the AudioControl DM-RTA was designed to be light weight, compact and durable. Input/output options are staggering, including balanced XLR inputs, phono and RCA style unbalanced inputs as well as speaker level inputs designed to make OEM audio system interface a snap. Digital audio output options include Optical, COAX and USB. The DM-RTA is powered by a 5-hour rechargeable battery so that it can be effortlessly deployed anywhere.

VISIT AUDIOCONTROL AUTOMOTIVE AUDIO SOLUTIONS AT CES 2020, BOOTH 3921 NORTH HALL

Visit audiocontrol.com for more.

DS18 at CES 2020 to Show All “WE LIKE IT LOUD”

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.03.20) – Friday January 3rd, the DS18 Team is traveling to Las Vegas, NV for CES 2020. Led by CEO Sasha Susterman, Team members Event Promoter Rob Ferro, Engineer Diego Navarro, Sales Manager Jonathan Garber, Marine Sales Consultant Luis Delgado, and Alex Cortex E-commerce specialist will set up in the Central Hall. Team members will show off all the new, and forthcoming, gear that DS18 will be offering for the year 2020.

Diego Navarro pictured with his 2015 Mustang outside Las Vegas. The RED MUS will rock in the DS18 Central Hall Booth.

DS18’s new Zumba Loud will be center stage with Diego’s world-famous Red Mus (2015 Mustang) on the show floor surrounded by loads of very cool DS18 gear that will be sure to have at CES talking! CES 2020 will once again be an amazing experience for all the DS18 Team and everyone who attends this very exciting yearly event. The strong DS18 Team, that consists of some of the company’s most experienced staff, will be in the booth to help the large crowd with info about all the new DS18 tech and upcoming products.

CEO Susterman stated “We would like to encourage our dealers and fans to drop by and hang out while we update them on all the awesome things just released and what will be arriving throughout the year. The large booth will be a spectacle to behold with Diego Navarro’s Red Mus taking center stage plus a plethora of all our newest and best-selling products”.

Large 4K TV’s will be spanned throughout the booth showing videos, music, and DS18 gatherings to bring perspective to all the attendees that wanted to see why DS18’s motto is ‘WE LIKE IT LOUD’!

Check out DS18 in the Central Hall Booth 18029 to see why all at DS18 say ‘WE LIKE IT LOUD!’

Visit ds18.com for more.

Metra Marine Introduces New Underwater Transom LED Lights at CES

HOLLY HILL, FL (01.03.2019) – Metra Marine by Metra Electronics is introducing new transom LED lights and drain plug LED lights for boats at CES 2020. These products are designed for the back of the boat to light up the water and are constructed of stainless steel 316 housing and are IP68 certified to withstand the harsh marine environment. These high-output underwater lights come in a variety of sizes and range from 15 watts all the way up to 72 watts of light, designed for a surface mount. The transom lights are available in white, blue, RGB or RGBW (RGB LEDs with a pure white light option).

Metra Marine will also feature new drain plug LED lights for the transom, allowing the installer to add lighting using the existing drain plug holes to avoid drilling new holes into the boat. The drain plug lights are constructed with high quality materials and are IP68 certified. These underwater lights are available in two sizes. The small 9W drain plug is available in white, blue, green or RGB with a brass housing and the large 27W drain plug is available in RGB with stainless steel housing.

All of Metra Marine’s RGB and RGBW lights are designed for a hard-wired installation and work with Metra’s new RGB controller (sold separately) and smartphone app.

Metra’s marine product line is designed to help 12volt installers tap into the growing boating and powersports market with their reliable aftermarket marine accessories for audio, lighting, AV and more. Metra Marine’s high-quality solutions deliver both performance and value to installers who want the best for their customers with products that are built, tested and proven to withstand the harsh marine environment. They are designed in the USA and manufactured by Metra Electronics, The Installer’s Choice, for more than 70 years.

Product Specifications:

Blue Rectangular 90W Underwater Transom Light with (30) 3-watt LEDs
ML-BLU90W

72W RGBW Underwater Transom Light
ML-RGBW72W
● (6) 12-watt LEDs
● 5-wire RGBW

54W RGB Underwater Transom Light
ML-RGB54W
● (6) 9-watt LEDs
● 4-wire RGB

27W Underwater Transom Light
ML-WHT27W – White
ML-BLU27W – Blue
ML-RGB27W – RGB with 4-wire RGB
● (9) 3-watt LEDs

30W UnderwaterTransom Light
ML-WHT30W – White
ML-BLU30W – Blue
● (6) 5-watt LEDs

15W UnderwaterTransom Light
ML-WHT15W – White
ML-BLU15W – Blue
ML-RGB15W – RGB with 4-wire RGB
● (3) 5-watt LEDs

24W RGBW Underwater Transom Light
ML-RGBW24W
● (6) 4-watt LEDs
● 5-wire RGBW

9W Small Drain Plug LED Light
ML-DLWHT9W – White
ML-DLBLU9W – Blue
ML-DLGRN9W – Green
ML-DLRGB9W – RGB (4-wire RGB)
● (3) 3-watt LEDs
● Brass housing

27W Large Drain Plug RGB LED Light
ML-DLRGB27W
● (9) 3-watt LEDs
● 4-wire RGB
● Stainless steel housing

These new products will be shipping soon and can be seen on display at CES from January 7-10, 2020, at booth 5211 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center with Metra Electronics.

To see the new 2020 catalog available on the opening day of the show, visit MetraMarine.com

Nakamichi Car Audio Readies for CES 2020 in the North Hall

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.02.2019) – Nakamichi Car Audio is in full show mode as it readies for CES 2020 in Las Vegas next week. The numerous CES booth crates have arrived and booth construction is already under way!

Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager, pictured with crates in the North Hall booth as setup is under way.

Kiyokazu Igarashi, President of Nakamichi Japan and Sheamson Yeo, World Wide Sales Manager for Nakamichi Car Audio, are flying in to attend the show and the Nakamichi National Sales meeting taking place on Monday, January 6. The meeting will focus on the new products that Nakamichi will bring to market in 2020.

Nakamichi will be unveiling a host of new products January 7-10 in the North Hall during CES. Among them is a single DIN DSP USB receiver with built-in 25-band EQ that features Nakamichi’s wireless APP Control that allows the radio to be controlled by your smartphone via Bluetooth. APP Control is compatible with Apple and Android phones. Some of the other new products include single DIN 9-inch and 10.1-inch floating screen media receivers. Both models work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

For CES Nakamichi has partnered with Moke America to provide a couple of unique demo vehicles. The Moke’s are a 21st century green-friendly electric vehicle based on the British classic originally manufactured in the 1960’s.

Be sure to visit the Nakamichi booth #3621 LVCC North Hall for full details and to see all the exciting new products.

Visit www.nakamichicaraudio.com for more.