DOW Technologies Announces 12Volt Business Expansion

TAMPA, FL (09.13.22) – DOW Technologies, the leading independently owned technology distributor, announced the expansion of their 12Volt business today. DOW has brought on two new vendor partners, Kicker and JVC, and expanded the territory serviced for two existing vendor partners, Sony and Alpine.

As of September 1st, DOW has signed agreements with Kicker and JVC to begin distributing products to independent dealers. DOW will be distributing JVC products in eleven states across the South, including Florida, the Southeast and TOLA territories. The agreement covers all of JVC’s products including exclusive distribution of the KW-M778BH model within the territory. DOW’s agreement with Kicker covers distribution of the full line of products in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

DOW expanded its partnership with Alpine beginning August 1st. DOW is now the fulfillment partner for Alpine in the seven states of the Southeast, in addition to their prior service of Arizona, southern California and Florida. Authorized dealers can order from DOW’s local warehouses to get product quickly and efficiently.

Also beginning September 1st, DOW deepened their ties with Sony’s mobile audio segment, expanding coverage to include Arizona. DOW will stock and distribute the full Sony and Sony Mobile ES lines across the full territory. DOW has been a partner with Sony’s 12Volt business since the early 1980s.

“We’ve had a great opportunity to expand our 12Volt offerings and create new partnerships in the industry over the past month” stated DOW’s senior vice president, sales and product management, Dave Elkin. “We continue to look at ways DOW can provide more value to dealers and vendors in the industry, and having industry leading partners like these makes it easier for dealers to find what they need from a source that offers great support.”

“This expansion is a result of our team’s dedication to provide the best value and support to our customers, recognizing how SMBs want partners that understand their needs,” added DOW’s director of sales, Drew Fischer. “We believe that vendors are seeing the value of the investments we’ve made in our staff, along with the unique programs we offer that benefit SMBs.”

To learn more about DOW Technologies, visit www.dowtechnologies.com or call 1.800.627.2900.

JVC Ships Step-Up Apple CarPlay / Android Auto Receiver

LONG BEACH, CA (08.22.22) – JVC Mobile Entertainment announced that it is now shipping a new “step-up”  Apple CarPlay / Android Auto-ready multimedia receiver, the KW-M780BT with a MAP of $449.95.

“As we’ve come into a new normalization of product availability, there has still been a drought of mid-level CarPlay ready receivers in the marketplace,” said Ron Trout, JVC Mobile Entertainment Director of Sales. “Our dealer base has seen a surge in consumer demand for a moderately priced receiver with step-up features like iDatalink Maestro RR compatibility, and with this in mind, we decided to expedite the availability of this type of product by air-freighting in the first round of our new KW-M780BT.” 

Newly highlighted features for the KW-M780BT include a completely redesigned 6.8” capacitive touchscreen, iDatalink Maestro RR compatibility with an updated GUI (Graphic User Interface), and a new-for-JVC type-D HDMI input. It touts 3 sets of 4-volt RCA pre-outs, 3 camera inputs, and is SiriusXM ready. Continued unique highlights from JVC include gesture touch control (enabling the ability to change things like the volume or track with the swipe of a finger), user shortcut key customization, sound lift and space enhancement (virtual sound improvements), and more. Its digital (mech-less) design also ensures fitment in a greater variety of applications, as it has a very shallow installation mounting depth of just under 3 inches.

“Learning of JVC air-freighting in the KW-M780BT was a pleasant surprise,” said Brad Scott of Brad’s Car Tunes in Oregon.  “With an influx of entry-level CarPlay ready receivers in the market, many of our customers are wanting and willing to upgrade to the next level to be able to retain OEM functionality (such as retaining their front and rear cameras, or even add additional cameras), of which they are unable to do with basic CarPlay receivers without iDatalink Maestro compatibility. This new KW-M780BT is exactly what we need to satisfy this demand and provide our customers with a better solution at a price that most are willing to pay to achieve a better experience.”  

KW-M780BT web page:  https://www.jvc.com/usa/car-entertainment/multimedia-receivers/kw-m780bt/

For more information on JVC Mobile Entertainment, visit http://www.us.jvc.com/car.

Norcal Sales Now Proudly Representing JVC Mobile in Hawaii

LONG BEACH, CA (02.23.2021) – JVC Mobile Entertainment has announced that Norcal Sales & Marketing is now representing its products in Hawaii. 

Led by their president John Tatro, Norcal Sales & Marketing has been offering sales representation in Northern California and Nevada for nearly 20 years.  Last year, Norcal added Keoni Watson to its team, a veteran rep that lives on the island of Oahu.  Watson was born and raised in Oahu and has been a manufacturer’s representative there for the past 24 years.  He lives by his motto of always wanting to a bring value to his dealer base and assist them in growing their business. 

Norcal Sales Now Proudly Representing JVC Mobile in Hawaii

“Since our inception, we have been executing business plans that meet and exceed expectations of our vendor partners,” said Tatro.  “Having an established, well received native rep that is based in the islands is key to effectively servicing that dealer base.”

“Norcal Sales has already been representing JVC products in Northern California and Nevada since 2008, even being selected as our rep of the year 4 times,” said Ron Trout, JVC Director of Sales. “Their track record has been proven time and time again, and I’m confident that they will offer this same level of top-notch service and support to JVC dealers in the Hawaii market.”   

Visit us.jvc.com/car and norcalsalesmktg.com for more.

SSV Works Adds JVC’s MR1 Receiver to Polaris Ranger XP1000 Kits

OXNARD, CA (02.18.2021) – SSV Works is making available JVC’s acclaimed MR1 digital media receiver in SSV Works’ 2-, 3-, and 5-speaker kits for Polaris Ranger XP1000 (model years 2018+). With included free back-up camera, if you already have a SSV Works Ranger system and want to upgrade, the dash kits (p/n RG4-R1) are also now available with an MSRP of $479.99.

“Last year, we announced a collaboration with JVC in which SSV Works is now the exclusive Powersports distributor for the KD-MR1BTS marine / powersports digital media receiver, and that success has led us to adding this incredible receiver to our XP1000 kits,” said Trevor Kaplan, SSV Works CEO. “Our customers asked for an easy plug-and-play upgrade, we listened, and now they have it!”

If you are currently running SSV Works’ MRB3 Bluetooth Media Receiver and are looking to upgrade, the new RG4-R1 kit is exactly what you need. Like most of SSV Works’ kits, RG4-R1 is a plug-&-play install, making it as simple as unplugging the current MRB3 unit, installing the new dash piece, and plugging in the new JVC unit. With the included harnessing, this Bluetooth Media Receiver plugs right into the current SSV system.

The KD-MR1BTS digital media receiver features Bluetooth, USB, a 2.7-inch color display, global tuner with weather band, 7-Band EQ, rear view camera capability, and is SiriusXM-Ready.

The KD-MR1BTS’ waterproof housing withstands jets of water from any direction thanks to IPX6 waterproof compliance. As a result, the receiver can be safely used not only in cars, but also in other types of motor vehicles including marine and motorsports use. A conformal coating safeguards electronic circuits from harsh environments that may contain moisture or chemical contaminants, providing a barrier to airborne contaminants from the operating environment, such as salt-spray, thus preventing corrosion.

“JVC is a legacy in the mobile audio radio market, and we could not be more excited to partner with such a brand and provide our Ranger XP1000 customers with the best powersports radio and overall audio solution kits in the market,” Kaplan concluded.

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

JVC and KENWOOD Present Holiday Hours and Warm Wishes

LONG BEACH, CA (12.24.2020) – JVC Direct Dealer Support Team will be available at 1-866-456-3799 during the following hours:

All times are in Eastern Standard Time

12-24 10 AM – 2 PM
12-25 CLOSED
12-26 9 AM – 6 PM (Normal Hours)
12-27 10 AM – 7 PM (Normal Hours)
12-28 9 AM – 9 PM (Normal Hours)
12-29 9 AM – 9 PM (Normal Hours)
12-30 9 AM – 9 PM (Normal Hours)
12-31 10 AM – 2 PM
01-01 CLOSED
01-02 9 AM – 6 PM (Normal Hours)
01-03 10 AM – 7 PM (Normal Hours)
01-04 9 AM – 9 PM (Normal Hours)

Warm wishes to you and your loved ones for holiday celebrations filled with everything that brings you happiness.

Our KENWOOD Direct Dealer Support Team will be available at 1-866-843-6124 during the following hours:

All times are in Eastern Standard Time

12-24 10 AM – 2 PM
12-25 CLOSED
12-26 9 AM – 6 PM (Normal Hours)
12-27 10 AM – 7 PM (Normal Hours)
12-28 9 AM – 9 PM (Normal Hours)
12-29 9 AM – 9 PM (Normal Hours)
12-30 9 AM – 9 PM (Normal Hours)
12-31 10 AM – 2 PM
01-01 CLOSED
01-02 9 AM – 6 PM (Normal Hours)
01-03 10 AM – 7 PM (Normal Hours)
01-04 9 AM – 9 PM (Normal Hours)

We wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Visit us.jvckenwood.com for more.

JVC Presenting Online Training Sessions Dec. 8th & 16th

LONG BEACH, CA (12.08.2020) – Join JVC on Tuesday, Dec. 8th @ 12:00 PM EST OR Wednesday, Dec. 16th @ 9:00 PM EST as the topic will be a CLEAR path to your JVC product selling success. Show your customers you are the expert when it comes to JVC products with the knowledge you will gain from the last mass training of 2020.

Hear additional selling insights from special guest Ata Ehdaivand of Absolute Electronics in Rockville, MD & The Mobile Electronics Syndicate.

Come excited to learn things like:

· Why You Should SELL JVC
· NEW Dash Cam – Kicking off JVC’s USA introduction to the dashboard camera market – this dashcam has all of the right features at the right price
· KW-Z1000W Key Features – What You Need To Know
· Phone Mirroring – Simplify the different ways JVC products can mirror the screen of smartphones and tablets!
· Wireless Hi-Res Audio – With the need for the best in sound quality continuing to grow, JVC brought the missing piece to the puzzle with LDAC
· LED Lit Speakers – Rain or shine, JVC has the perfect solution for those harsher environments, and JVC always comes to light up the party!

Meeting Info – December 8th 12:00 PM EST
JVC – Our Vision Is CLEAR
Tue, Dec 8, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (EST)

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/470432685

Meeting Info – December 16th 9:00 PM EST
JVC – Our Vision Is CLEAR
Wed, Dec 16, 2020 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (EST)

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/643561317

Visit us.jvc.com/car for more.

Remembering Karl Kawachi

LONG BEACH, CA (10.12.2020) – JVC Mobile Entertainment was greatly saddened to learn of the recent passing of one of their independent sales representatives, Karl Kawachi- Pro Line Hawaii.

Karl Kawachi

Karl- a long-time rep and pioneer of the Hawaiian 12-volt industry was a cultural icon and true music aficionado. He was born and raised in Hawaii and loved music early on, eventually playing bass guitar in his high school band. He was an early supporter of IASCA and DB Drag in the Hawaiian competition scene. He started Pro Line Hawaii in 1989 in Aiea, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Prior to that Karl worked as a rep for Now Marketing, beginning in 1983. Among the many lines that Karl represented were JVC, Cerwin Vega, Eclipse, Electra Media, and Rockford Fosgate.

Karl valiantly battled cancer since 2017 until his passing on October 5th, 2020. He is survived by his wife Phyllis and daughters Sarah and Kelly.

“A friend to all and with a smile for everyone, Karl was a wonderful man and a true 12-volt pioneer in the islands,” said Ron Trout, JVC Director of Sales.

Visit jvc.com for more.

JVC Now Shipping LED-Lit Marine / Motorsports Speakers

LONG BEACH, CA (10.05.2020) – JVC Mobile Entertainment is thrilled to announce the release of 2 new 6-1/2” 4-ohm marine/motorsports speaker sets with built-in LED lighting. Both coming in with a MAP of $199.95, the CS-DR620MBL feature black grilles, while the CS-DR621MWL feature white.

Designed for outdoor use, these rugged and reliable speakers are built to last, being waterproof and having dust protection.  With a power handling of 75 watts of RMS (260 watts MAX), they also make for an excellent companion to the KS-DR1004D compact 4-channel amplifier.  

The well-lit duo brags 21 color options and dynamic pattern modes, along with 8 different brightness and speed adjustments.  Up to 6 pairs can be wired together, providing more than enough illumination to light up any boat or UTV application. Oftentimes sold separately, these speaker sets include an RF (non-directional) remote controller, allowing LED control from up to 98 feet away.

 “At a time when aftermarket marine and motorsports gear is in high demand, we wanted to provide a simple, effective, and fun speaker solution that can be used in universal outdoor applications,” said Ron Trout, Director of JVC Mobile Entertainment Sales. “Combining mood enhancing lighting with supreme JVC sound quality creates the perfect combination for our customers.”

JVC prides itself on offering universal solutions for every customer.  Adding to an already impressive line-up of 10 marine and motorsports products, these 2 additions create new opportunities for dealers looking to maximize their opportunities.  From golf carts to boats, motorcycles to tractors and more, JVC has you covered.  

For more information on JVC Mobile Entertainment, visit http://www.us.jvc.com/car.

JVC Ships SUPER-SIZED 10.1” Multimedia Receiver, Boasting Many Firsts

LONG BEACH, CA (09.23.2020) – JVC Mobile Entertainment is now shipping a SUPER-SIZED 10.1” floating panel digital multimedia receiver. The KW-Z1000W ($1,199.95 MAP) marks the first High Definition multimedia receiver to date for JVC, further elevating its multimedia line for the best in-car user experience.

The large-screen 10.1” HD 1280 x 720 (720P) display is about 2.4 times higher resolution than a conventional WVGA panel. Its highly accurate and responsive capacitive touch screen is paired with optical bonding technology- meaning that there is no longer an air layer between the liquid crystal module and the clear panel, providing the best in glare reduction and off-axis viewing, plus enhanced durability.  Its fully adjustable display allows you to change the depth, height, and angle for easy vehicle fitment. Depth: 2 steps (0, 25/32 inch by set screws), Height: 4 steps (0, 33/64, 1-1/32, 1-17/32 inch by set screws), and Hand Tilt: -10˚ ~ +45˚.

JVC’s Dynamic Graphic User Interface (GUI) displays user selectable “widget” options including album art images, photos, and iDatalink Maestro sources. Swiping the monitor with two fingers lets you split the screen and display single, dual, or triple widget selections. Its unique Live Wallpaper background can also be enabled to synchronize background visual and color with music. User selectable wallpapers and photos in a “slide show” format can also be displayed simply by connecting a phone via Bluetooth and transferring the images from the new JVC Portal App. A “Favorite” icon and physical button selection allows users to choose from a wide variety of shortcut selections to their favorite screens. As is always a stand-out from JVC’s multimedia receivers, the KW-Z1000W includes the ability for users to benefit from the crowd-favorite Gesture Touch Control feature. With Gesture Touch Control, users can keep their eyes on the road, while using intuitive finger movements to control select popular functions, such as volume/track changes, widget format and style.

The KW-Z1000W touts enhanced driver assistance vehicle safety technology, by incorporating 4 selectable camera inputs. When an optional Automotive Data Solutions iDatalink Maestro RR or RR2 is connected, the receiver can also automatically switch to OEM or aftermarket blind spot camera system views on the display when a turn signal is activated (supported vehicles only). Both the RR and RR2 modules provide seamless retention of factory safety and camera systems, steering wheel controls and add performance gauges in most modern vehicles. In addition, the RR2 provides on screen Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) safety alerts (supported vehicles only) and three programmable outputs that can be used to activate things like a winch or a light bar from the KW-Z1000W’s on-screen controls. Radar detector information can also be displayed on the screen when used with a compatible K40 (RR or RR2) or ESCORT (RR2 only) radar detector system.

To visit the KW-Z1000W product page, click here.

When it comes to sound quality, the KW-Z1000W takes it to the next level, implementing its first Parametric EQ control options. With the Parametric EQ, sound quality enthusiasts can adjust the gain and Q for extremely fine tuning within the high pass, high shelving, peaking, low shelving, and low pass filter selections. A 3-way crossover is also available, as well as Digital Time Alignment, Dual Zone Audio controls, and the JVC Exclusive K2 sound effect for enhanced digital sound quality. 3 sets of 5 Volt RCA Pre-outs are available for system expansion, as well as support for Hi-Res Audio, both wired and wireless over a Bluetooth connection for select Android devices, thanks to incorporating LDAC technology.

The KW-Z1000W enables users to connect to Apple CarPlay over a wireless or USB connection, and Android Auto over a wireless or USB connection. It also sports an HDMI input, allowing for an easy connection method for mirroring a smartphone or displaying the content from any device that has an HDMI output. It also includes wireless mirroring technology, enabling users with compatible Android phones to display and control their phone from the receiver, all without the need for any cables.

An HD Radio Tuner is built-in, allowing users to enjoy listening to AM/FM stations with enhanced content and better sound quality, all with no monthly fees. It 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.

“The number of firsts that this SUPER-SIZED receiver features are unprecedented in JVC’s multimedia line-up history,” said Ron Trout, JVC’s Director of Sales. “The pent-up demand for this product by both dealers and end-users is incredible, and we couldn’t be more excited as a company to deliver on our promise of exceeding expectations with the KW-Z1000W.”

For more information on the KW-Z1000W, visit JVC Mobile Entertainment’s website at http://www.us.jvc.com/car.

JVC Multimedia Receivers Shine with DVD Playback, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Support

LONG BEACH, CA (07.03.2020) – JVC Mobile Entertainment is pleased to announce the shipment of 2 new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready multimedia receivers; the KW-V660BT (MAP $369.95), and KW-V66BT (MAP $369.95).

The CD/DVD playback equipped KW-V660BT and KW-V66BT extend JVC’s already impressive offerings of multimedia receivers to a current total of 12 to date for 2020.  They provide a simple step-up solution from the KW-M560BT and KW-M56BT CD/DVD-less digital multimedia receivers, which began shipping earlier this Summer. 

“Although we’ve seen a trend in consumers moving towards digital media entertainment options, there is still a significant demand for CD/DVD playback equipped models,” said Steve Cote, JVC Eastern Regional Sales Manager.  “By featuring an immense value combination of driver safety options, sound quality, various media type support, and unique features such as Gesture Touch Control, these models are ready to impress!” 

Some of the most notable features on both the KW-V660BT and KW-V66BT include:

• 6.8” WVGA Capacitive Touch Monitor
• Apple CarPlay Via USB
• Android Auto Via USB
• SiriusXM Ready
• USB Mirroring for Android Phones*
*App Required (Mirroring OA for JVC App)
• DVD and CD Playback
• Built-in Bluetooth
• Rear USB Port with 1.5A Rapid Charging
• Digital Time Alignment
• 13-Band Graphic EQ
• Rear View Camera Ready
• Mounting Sleeve and Trim Plate Included

For more information on JVC Mobile Entertainment, visit www.us.jvc.com/car.