Clarion Marine Audio Enters Distribution Agreement with Elite Distributor Alliance

MIRAMAR, FL (08.08.22) – JL Audio has announced the expansion of its distribution network for the Clarion Marine brand of products to include Elite Distributor Alliance (EDA).

“EDA brings a lot to the table. With twenty-five warehouses across the country, they can quickly put Clarion Marine products on retailer shelves, including same-day, or next-day delivery of products to 12- volt retailers covering 95 percent of the US population,” said Brian Power, vice president of U.S. retail sales, JL Audio. “We’re absolutely confident that our dealers are going to love the speed and convenience that EDA delivers.”

EDA will play an integral role in strengthening brand and distribution integrity, opening new opportunities with 12-volt retailers that specialize in marine products. This move reinforces the value of approved dealers, whose superior expertise, service and professional installation will help to deliver the best customer experience.

“Clarion Marine products offer tremendous value for marine and powersports customers. Combining a value-packed, newly refreshed product line backed by the brand’s reputation for excellent performance and quality with instant, nationwide availability makes for a winning strategy,” said Jim Warren, executive vice president, EDA. “Teaming up with Clarion Marine as a distribution partner validates the value proposition of EDA’s business model and the integrity of its members.”

Sporting a refreshed line consisting of new source units, remote controls, speakers, subwoofers and more, Clarion Marine has a solid reputation for innovation, durability, and reliability. Every Clarion Marine product undergoes extreme environmental testing to ensure it can withstand the rigors of the harsh marine environment season after season.

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JL Audio Extends Relationship with 2X Supra PWT Champion Nic Rapa as Brand Ambassador

MIRAMAR, FL (06.14.2021) – JL Audio has extended its sponsorship of two-time Supra Pro Wake Tour Champion Nic Rapa. Headed into the 2021 season, Rapa will represent the JL Audio brand as he strives for a PWT championship three-peat.

“Nic is an all-star in the wakeboarding space and has been a great partner of the JL Audio brand since we first started working with him several years ago,” said Bryatt Fischer, Marketing Director, JL Audio. “As a brand ambassador, Nic has done a great job tying his enthusiasm for wakeboarding to promoting the JL Audio brand, and its gear on his boat. We’re pleased to extend our sponsorship of Nic for the 2021 and 2022 seasons and look forward to working with him to expose the JL Audio brand to a new generation of boating and watersports enthusiasts.”

2X Supra PWT Champion Nic Rapa

Since turning pro and joining the Supra Boats Team in 2016, native Australian Nic Rapa has quickly made a name for himself in wakeboarding. After winning the Supra Boats PWT Rookie of The Year title and placing in the top three rankings at the WWA Wakeboard World Championships his first year competing as a professional, Nic won second place at the 2017 and 2018 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tours. In 2019, Nic earned the Champion title at the 2019 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour, as well as at the 2019 Nautique WWA National Champion, solidifying his status as a marquee rider in watersports. Rapa was also the 2019-2020 IWWF world champion and 2020 USA national champ, He won the Supra Pro Wakeboard Tours championship again in 2020, making it the second year in a row coming out on top, and was also 2020 WWA world champion, 2020 World Series overall champion, as well as the 2020 wake series champion.

“Music and watersports go perfectly with one another, which is why I am grateful to JL Audio for continuing to be an excellent partner,” said Nic Rapa. “As an athlete, I’m not only dedicated to my personal growth, I’m also fueled by leading companies like JL Audio seeing value in working with me to enhance their brand. I am confident that 2021 is going to be a solid season, and I look forward to rocking the JL logo and creating awesome content as we win more championships together.

JL Audio has been working indirectly with Rapa since 2016 when he first joined the Supra Boats Team. As the exclusive audio supplier for Supra Boats, Rapa has first-hand experience with JL Audio products. JL Audio has been entrenched in the professional wakeboarding circuit with their sponsorship of the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour since 2014. The PWT has served as the stage for JL Audio to connect directly with watersports and boating enthusiasts alike to demonstrating the latest and greatest in marine audio technology. The partnership with Nic allows JL Audio to continue to support and inspire the next generation of watersport athletes.

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JL Audio Expands License of Clarion Marine Brand to Cover Global Marine, Powersports and RV Markets

MIRAMAR, FL (03.31.2021) – JL Audio, Inc. has expanded its exclusive license of the Clarion brand for marine products to eliminate regional restrictions, and expand marketing, sales and support to include powersports and recreational vehicle (RV) markets. JL Audio, Inc. exclusively licenses the Clarion Marine brand from Faurecia, a global automotive supplier based in France that recently acquired Clarion Co., Ltd.

“We’ve made some strategic moves with the Clarion Marine brand to help our team reach its sales goals, and despite the many hurdles presented in 2020, we’re on track for record-breaking sales,” said Andy Oxenhorn, president of JL Audio, Inc. “We’ve successfully returned Clarion Marine to a leadership position with products that are relevant, well-priced and able to deliver a great customer experience. Now, with an expanded licensing deal, we’re on track to unleashing the brand’s true sales potential globally.”

Since the licensing agreement was initiated in late 2018, JL Audio has invested heavily in assembling a team to lead Clarion Marine’s return to prominence in the marine audio market. The first wave of new products from this team, including two new marine speaker lines, debuted last summer, and many more products are scheduled for delivery in 2021. The Clarion Marine brand also returned to the marine retail channel in core markets, allowing JL Audio to position the Clarion Marine brand for success. With this announcement, the brand’s current and future products will now be made available to a global network of OEM customers, resellers and retailers.

“We are proud to expand our strategic licensing agreement with JL Audio,” said Talal Kakish, president of Faurecia Clarion Electronics North America. “This relationship not only adds value to both companies but enables the end-consumer to benefit from our dynamic, innovative audio technologies.”

Clarion Marine products have already begun shipping to authorized retailers across the USA and Europe.

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JL Audio Relaunches Clarion Marine Brand Into Retail

MIRAMAR, FL (07.02.2020) – Clarion Marine is positioned to make 2020 a breakout year by returning to the retail marine audio channel, under the management of JL Audio, Inc. The company has expanded Clarion Marine’s distributor base and is building a network of specialty retailers.

This follows JL Audio, Inc.’s licensing of the Clarion Marine brand from Clarion Co., Ltd. of Japan, an agreement not affected by the subsequent acquisition of Clarion Co., Ltd. by Faurecia, a global automotive supplier based in France.

Since the licensing agreement went into effect in late 2018, JL Audio hired a dedicated group of product planners, engineers and supply chain experts to form a product development team that could lead Clarion Marine’s return to prominence in the marine audio market. The first wave of new products from this team will debut this summer, with many more products scheduled for delivery in 2021.

“Clarion has a deep history as a pioneering car audio company, and a particularly strong reputation as a marine audio brand. We accepted the challenge to return Clarion Marine to a leadership position with products that are relevant, well-priced and able to deliver a great customer experience,” said Andy Oxenhorn, President of JL Audio, Inc. “It’s very exciting to see the product development team’s hard work come to market. With our disciplined marketing and distribution plan, we expect Clarion Marine to set new records for sales by 2023.”

The Clarion Marine product line is well-focused at key retail price points and will rely on a distribution model that recognizes the value of approved brick and mortar retail outlets. Key distribution partners sharing the company’s vision for the Clarion Marine brand will also play a key role in some markets.

A select group of authorized internet retailers, meeting Clarion Marine’s high standards, will be authorized to sell online.

JL Audio, Inc’s network of sales representatives will manage retail accounts across the United States, guided by the JL Audio, Inc’s sales team. VP of US Retail Sales, Brian Power said, “We have such a great opportunity in front of us, with a great plan for Clarion Marine that complements our well-established JL Audio brand. Our sales team is already hard at work, looking for the best opportunities for success in each market.”

Manville Smith, VP of Marketing for JL Audio, Inc. said, “Our new Clarion Marine tagline, ‘Let’s Hear It.’, anchors our brand message for Clarion Marine. We will focus on communicating in human-centered terms that emphasize the enjoyment our products bring to boaters.” Smith continued, “We will also place an emphasis on Clarion Marine’s longstanding reputation for building products that last in real marine use. We call it ‘Salt and Sun Certified,’ which is a short way of describing the intense testing and certification our products must pass.”

Clarion Marine products have already begun shipping to authorized retailers around the U.S.A.

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JL Audio Announces Upcoming Online Training Schedule

MIRAMAR, FL (05.05.2020) – In continuing with their virtual trainings, JL Audio has announced its next scheduled courses:

DSP Amplifiers
This multi session course will cover the basics of JL Audio’s DSP-based amplifiers, build the foundational knowledge required to get the best performance from a DSP-based amplifier and demonstrate two methods for system tuning using DSP. Participants may choose to learn about MVI, VXI or both.
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DSP Amplifiers
Session 101a: About VXi Hardware
Tuesday, May 5th at 10:00 AM EST

Session 101b: About MVi Hardware
Tuesday, May 5th at 1:00 PM EST

Session 102: TüN Software
Tuesday, May 5th at 4:00 PM EST

Session 103: Audio Basics Part 1
Wednesday, May 6th at 10:00 AM EST

Session 104: Audio Basics Part 2
Wednesday, May 6th at 1:00 PM EST

Session 105: Audio Basics Part 3
Thursday, May 7th at 10:00 AM EST
JD Amplifiers
JD Amplifiers (Encore)
This course serves as an introduction to the new line of JD Amplifiers from JL Audio. Participants will learn about the different models and key features as well as recommended applications and system ideas.Learn More
Session 101: About JD Amplifiers
Wednesday, May 6th at 1:00 PM ESTRegister

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JL Audio and Mobile Solutions Tacos and Tunes Training Evening

TEMPE, AZ (03.13.2020) – JL Audio collaborated with Mobile Solutions and their Master Tech OEM Integration class on Friday evening, March 6th. JL Audio sponsored Bryan Schmitt’s class by providing a dinner for attendees. While everyone enjoyed Tacos from a local food truck and Rob Haynes, Technical Trainer with JL Audio, provided an educational training to support the OEM integration class Schmitt and the team at Mobile Solutions provided earlier in the day.

The meeting room was packed for the Rob Haynes JL Audio presentation at the Homewood Suites.

“The meeting room at the Homewood Suites was packed. Everyone in the audience was really tuned. It was a long day for them with the session at Mobile Solutions earlier in the day but all wanted to learn and were very engaged” Haynes stated.

Demo cars drew attention in the parking lot as all enjoyed tacos.

Bryatt Fischer, JL Audio Marketing Director, related “The turnout for the evening event was really good. Jon Ash-Pacific Coast Marketing, JLAudio’s AZ/NM/Las Vegas representative, did an amazing job of pounding the pavement and getting the word out about this great gathering to educate and demonstrate some of the products JL Audio offers.”

JL Audio’s Bryatt Fischer and Rob Haynes (R) flank Mobile Solutions’ Bryan Schmitt after the training session.

JL Audio also had several team members, from the Phoenix office, demonstration vehicles on hand; most featuring JL Audio’s premier C7 component drivers for active systems and VXi amplifiers with integrated DSP. Darrell Chapman (Director of Operations-Phoenix), George Babers (Logistics Manager-Phoenix) and Dan Borzone (Electrical Engineer) were onsite with their personal vehicles to show all “How We Play.”

The evening training session and dinner, at the Homewood Suites, was open for all local dealers to attend.

When: Friday, March 6th starting at 6 pm

Where: Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area2104 E Rio Salado ParkwayTempe, AZ 85281, US

What: FREE food from a local Taco Truck and outdoor dining during Arizona’s best weather of the year. Experience a fleet of demo vehicles with JL Audio’s premier C7 and VXi products withJL Audio’s Technical Trainer, Rob Haynes, providing an educational training,

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JL Audio to Sponsor Dinner with Night Training at the Mobile Solutions Master Tech / OEM Integration, March 6th Class

MIRAMAR, FL (03.05.2020) – JL Audio is collaborating with Mobile Solutions and their Master Tech OEM Integration class on Friday, March 6th. JL Audio will be sponsoring Bryan Schmitt’s class by providing a dinner for attendees. While everyone is enjoying Tacos from a local food truck, Rob Haynes, Technical Trainer with JL Audio, will be providing an educational training to support the OEM integration class Schmitt and the team at Mobile Solutions provided during the day.

Rob Haynes, JL’s Technical Trainer

JL Audio will also have several demonstration vehicles on hand; most featuring JL Audio’s premier C7 component drivers for active systems and VXi amplifiers with integrated DSP.

The evening training session and dinner is open to all local dealers to attend, so make your plans join JL Audio and Mobile Solutions for Tacos and Tunes.

This is a night you don’t want to miss.

When: Friday, March 6th starting at 6 PM

Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area (Click for info)
2104 E Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281, US

FREE food from a local Taco Truck and outdoor dining during Arizona’s best weather of the year. Experience a fleet of demo vehicles with JL Audio’s premier C7 and VXi products with

JL Audio’s Technical Trainer, Rob Haynes, providing an educational training.

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JL Audio Unveils WakeSub Rider-Focused Subwoofer Technology

MIAMI, FL (02.25.2020) – JL Audio has announced the launch of WakeSub, a new hidden subwoofer technology designed to complement the powerful JL Audio tower speaker systems on boats. Emitting low -frequency audio at the boat’s wake zone, WakeSub transforms the music listening experience for those being towed or surfing behind the boat.

The WakeSub system consists of two JL Audio enclosed bandpass subwoofer systems t hat are integrated deep into the aft portion of the boat’s hull, completely hidden out of sight and not intrudingon passenger space. Low frequency sound waves are generated through tuned ports, from the hidden enclosures to apertures located at each end of the boat’s transom. The result is a complete engulfment in powerful, deep bass as you ride or surf behind the boat.

“We pride ourselves on working closely with boat builders to engineer audio systems that deliver extreme performance and durability. With WakeSub, we’re extending that legendary JL Audio sound from the boat’s passenger area to the wakes and waves behind it,” said Ora Freeman, Director of OEM Sales, North America at JL Audio.

“While tower speakers do a great job at projecting a broad spectrum of sound behind the boat, they physically can’t produce the same high -impact, low frequency response that a dedicated subwoofer can. WakeSub was engineered to do exactly that, w ithout having to hang any bulky subwoofers off the tower.”

Several features of WakeSub are designed to protect the system from the elements, such as a self-draining design should any water enter the apertures for the ports. JL Audio has been issued U.S. Patent #10,362,389 for the WakeSub technology.

Intended to be integrated into boats early in the design process, JL Audio’s WakeSub technology is available to boat manufacturers today, along with the company’s robust line of feature-rich source units, powerful amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers and enclosed tower speakers that have been rigorously engineered for marine applications. Nautique Boats is the first boat manufacturer to integrate this technology, as an option for the Studio Elite sound package offered on all -new Super Air Nautique G23 and G25 Paragon boats.

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JL Audio Introduces MVi Marine Amplifiers with Integrated DSP

MIAMI, FL (02.24.2020) JL Audio has unveiled the new “MVi” line of networkable DSP amplifiers for the marine market. With unrivaled, built-in tuning power, reference-grade audio performance and outstanding installation flexibility, eight models were announced to suit boat builders’ and boat owners’ needs. Instead of using traditional control knobs and switches, VXi amplifiers are easily configured from the captain’s seat of a boat using JL Audio’s TüN software on a compatible computer, tablet or smartphone.

“Boats present interesting challenges to achieving optimal sound quality from an audio system,” said Dr. Stephen Leigh, Vice President Electronic Engineering at JL Audio. “ The new MVi marine amplifiers with integrated DSPs make it quick and painless to precisely tune an audio system to an extremely high standard. It only takes a few minutes to set up with our free TüN software, and once completed, the resulting audio is more dynamic, more accurate and much more fun to listen to than a conventional marine audio system.”

Every MVi amplifier features an integrated, high-performance triple-core AKM DSP that allows for intelligent optimization of each audio channel’s timing, frequency response, and output level. The benefits of the DSP within each MVi amplifier extend beyond the internal amplifier channels, thanks to analog pre-amp outputs with independent DSP processing. MVi amplifiers can store up to six sound presets, allowing boaters to switch sound profiles at the push a button. This allows for a system to be tuned for different operating conditions, such as “docked,” “running,” “sandbar,” etc.

In addition to the complete lineup of DSP-enabled marine amplifiers, JL Audio has also introduced several marine-grade peripheral pieces to simplify the installation process, including:

•a Bluetooth communicator ( VXi-BTC ) to enable wireless communication between the MVi amplifier or network and compatible mobile devices;

•a w eather-tight network hub (MVi-HUB ) to network up to six MVi amplifiers (one master and five slaves) for full-system DRC control and preset selection

•a push button control with RGB indicator (M-DRC-50) to allow preset selection from the helm

Further boosting the world-class audio performance of MVi amplifiers is the integration of JL Audio’s next -generation NexD amplifier technology. The NexD2 design employs new directFET MOSFET technology, a completely revised layout scheme and direct DSP control of multiple amplifier channels designed to enhance fidelity, reduce noise and deliver outstanding power efficiency.

To further boost the wow-factor of these amplifiers, JL Audio was able to pack all of the aforementioned technology into a compact and stylish alloy chassis with weather-tight power, audio input, speaker and JLid network connections.

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JL Audio Unveils its Largest Marine Subwoofer to Date

MIAMI, FL (02.18.2020) – JL Audio announced the new 12-inch M7 m arine subwoofer for infinite baffle opertion, which will be positioned as the flagship of the company’s marine subwoofer lineup. The massive M7 is able to handle more than twice the power of JL’s potent 10-inch M6 subwoofers; and takes advantage of that extra power with greater woofer excursion than any other JL Audio marine subwoofer. Combine that prodigious excursion with a whopping 61% more cone area than the M6 10-inch, and you have a subwoofer with 2.25 times the air displacement capability of its smaller cousin. This results in over 6 decibels of additional output capability. As fun as all that extra output capability can be, there is more to the story than sheer power. M7 subwoofers are designed to precisely reproduce powerful, high -impact, low-distortion bass that will impress listeners with its balance, depth and sound quality.

The M7 follows the same grille designs as the M6 line of marine speakers, which are found in numerous new boats from leading boat manufacturers around the world, M7 can be seamlessly integrated into any style of boat to add powerful bass. Two grille designs are available: “Classic,” featuring an all-white slat grille design and “Sport,” which features a split-spoke grille design. The latter comes in two color schemes: Gloss White, or Gunmetal / Titanium dual metallic finish. JL Audio’s patented Transflective RGB LED illumination technology is also available as an option on all M7 subwoofers, providing a striking lighting effect, with no hot spots or reflections on the cone surface.

“M7 is the most powerful and efficient infinite baffle subwoofer we’ve ever developed for marine use,” said Dwayne Spanbroek, Vice President Loudspeaker Engineering at JL Audio.

“These massive, stylish subwoofers reward boaters with powerful, high -quality bass that takes marine audio to new levels, while our exclusive Transflective RGB illumination technology provides a striking visual enhancement.”

All materials, fasteners and assembly techniques utilized in manufacturing M7 subwoofers are carefully engineered to ensure reliability and durability in real marine applications, including saltwater exposure. Component parts, materials and complete subwoofers are subjected to rigorous environmental testing to ensure they exceed industry standards for corrosion and UV resistance.

M7 subwoofers join the extensive list of JL Audio products built at the company’s Miramar, Florida factory, with components sourced from the company’s global supply network.

M7 subwoofers will be sold by JL Audio’s car audio and marine dealers, and will also be incorporated into select new boats as original equipment by the following boat brands: Barker Boatworks, Berkshire, Blackwater, Boston Whaler, Chaparral, Cigarette, Contender, Deep Impact, Iconic, Manitou, MTI, Mystic, Nautique, Nortech, Premier, Sea Vee, Sportsman, Southbay, and Trifecta.

M7 Subwoofer Specs:
•12″ 4-ohm marine subwoofer
•Injection-molded mica-filled polypropylene woofer with synthetic rubber surround
•Centrex polymer basket and grille, with stainless steel back plate
•Gold -plated, marine-grade brass binding posts
•Marine-grade synthetic fiber spider
•Designed for infinite baffle installations
•600 watts continuous power handling (RMS)
•Sensitivity: 86.7 dB
•Mounting depth: 7.94 in / 202 mm
•Warranty: 2 years
•MSRP: $799.99 – $849.99

JL Audio also offers a marine-grade RGB lighting controller (Model MLC-RW) that features a compact, mount-anywhere form factor and an easy-to-use, rotary knob for adjusting the speakers’ illumination color and intensity. This RGB controller works seamlessly with M7, M6 and M3 products, as well as most other RGB lighting options installed on a boat.

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