MECA SQL Contests for Beginners

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (02.10.2021) – MECA Commissioner Steve Stern has developed an updated, new and improved, Sound Quality contest for beginner consumers, with the help of our R&E Committee, Retailers, Manufacturers, Competitors, and Judges. This is part of the 2021 Sound Quality League Rule Book ( tinyurl.com/2021MECASQLRulebook ) and intended to be stand alone contests, or included with regular MECA events. The SQ score sheet is used, just like all MECA SQL contests, so that the new people see exactly how the systems and music are evaluated.

This archive image shows a smiling competitor from Trinidad.

There are 2 classes that are simply defined by the speaker set-up: Street 1 is for 3-way systems, and Street 2 is for 4-way systems. There are some basic rules, but overall the competitors are given space for creativity and custom installs, that may have been built before they read the Rule Book or before the new classes were introduced. Consumer beginners only, so no pros or experienced competitors of any sort are permitted. The Retail Members who choose to use this promotional program will be responsible for making sure the competitors fit the profile, and are brand new to our sport. These 2 classes are State Champion eligible, but are not offered at the MECA World Finals Soundfest.

This archive image highlights a classic creation from World Champion Steve Cook-Audio X.

The events are clinics and contests designed to educate about MECA’s judging and scoring, focused on the quality of the music reproduction: clarity, resolution, imaging, and tonality being the most important criteria. It’s like Music Appreciation, but more technical with regard to recordings that are official SQL Judge tracks, listed in the Rule Book.

For the month of February, MECA is offering 1 FREE event for all Retailers, even non-MECA members, which includes clinic direction and a Judge. The event can be scheduled for later in the year, but it must be scheduled by March 1st. Score sheets will be provided at no charge. These events are designed to last 3 -4 hours, depending on the participation and agenda. A retailer could work a good plan with 6 -8 customers engaged in an event like this. Saturday’s might work best, although Friday evening get-togethers work when set up right, and Sunday’s are always an option for businesses that are comfortable with that. After the 1st event, additional events are only $50 for MECA Retail Members ( $75/year ), with a limit of 3 events in 2021.

The MECA Tantric Tuning CD is the classic official test source for the SQ League

MECA is pro-active, with 22 years evolving and promoting the Sound Quality League contests. We have some of the best judges and resource people in the mobile electronics industry who are willing to share their knowledge and abilities. These events are prime opportunities for Retailers to showcase their products and services.

Click here to view the 2021 SQL Amateur Rule Book PDF

Six Manufacturer Members have stepped up to co-sponsor this program: Arc Audio, JL Audio, Linear Power, Stereo Integrity, TRU Technology, and XS Power. Their contributions will help with logistics and paying the judges, travel and expenses. They will be sharing and endorsing the program with their Retailers.
Contact the Commissioner for more info, to schedule an event, or with questions and concerns: mecacaraudio@comcast.net or 615-851-7428.

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MECA SPL Champion Retires

KNOXVILLE, TN (01.29.2021) – Longtime sound-off competitor Anthony Caldwell from Knoxville, TN is retiring from the lanes after 15 years, with 7 MECA World Championships in Sound Pressure League and Dueling Demos contests. His van, Big Blue, was built for music with 110 speakers, inside and out, and was a big draw at our events. It is an SQL vehicle that does SPL, and it’s an SPL vehicle that sounds great cranked up at concert levels, like a live performance. With over 2 dozen Tennessee State Championships in SQL and SPL classes over his 14 years of competition, traveling to almost all the East Coast big events, as well as Slamology, and events in IN, VA, KY . He owed Xtreme Audio (Team XFL) in Knoxville until 2020, after 17 years in business, and is now the Tech guy at MechMan Alternators.

Anthony Caldwell

Anthony and Big Blue, his 1997 Ford E150 Van, are legendary in the car audio sports world, and helped show people that BIG builds could sound great. Always demonstrating good sportsmanship and accessibility, Anthony has this way of describing 150+ MECA events:

Anthony in Big Blue – his 1997 Ford F150 van with 110 speakers

“MECA is like pizza. Even a bad pizza is still good because it’s pizza. If you have product failure, or your numbers aren’t where they should be, it’s still good, because it’s MECA. There are people to lend a hand. You get to catch up with friends. You ask ‘how’s the family? You answer questions, you help troubleshoot, you have a good time. Even on mornings that I didn’t want to make the drive, I knew when I got there everything would be okay. Too much fun!”

Big Blue took the SPL Park & Pound DB5 World Championship ( 140. 74 dB 6′ from the vehicle ) at the 2020 Finals in Lafayette, IN, along with 2nd place in Dueling Demos Extreme, and 5th place in Sound Pressure M5 ( at the headrest with 158.13 dB ). Incredible score in M5 for a music vehicle! And, as he has for many years, he won the Sound Pressure League Best of Show with highest combined scores in Sound Pressure (M5) and Park & Pound (DB5). Anthony went out banging and at the top of his game.

He’s put in a lot of years, and miles, competing and representing the Mobile Electronics Industry, and is retiring from the competition lanes. We hope that Big Blue will show up at our events in E. Tennessee every now and then. Anthony is always available for tech help at MechMan and has a wealth of real-world knowledge about power flow, especially in the big systems.

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MECA Awards Over 60 Championship Rings, Capping the 2020 Season

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (12.24.2020) – MECA’s 2020 SQL, SPL, Ride The Light, and Show & Shine World Champs received custom rings for each class championship. 60+ rings were sponsored by Retail Member SoundCheck Customs in Lafayette, IN and Sundown Audio, both with logos on the rings.

MECA awarded over 60 Championship Rings for the 2020 Competition Season.

Brian Mitchell from Team Arc Audio, Moddesto, CA, earned 5 rings in Sound Quality League contests, including Install Best of Show, SQL Best of Show known as The Zenner, Master SQ, and Extreme Install.
Rookie of the Year Christopher Anderson from Indiana won SQL Street Install and both Interior and Exterior Ride The Light Championship rings.

Loud Spouses Lori and Chris Caudel model their 2020 MECA Championship Rings for Street 1 and Street 2 that they won in Bowling Green KY.

Ken Reed (Audio X) from Alabama won the Best of Best of Show ring.

There are many success stories about MECA Members who worked hard to win their rings. MECA will present some of those stories over the next 2 months.

MECA awarded over 60 Championship Rings for the 2020 Competition Season.

Commissioner Stern commented “Our club survived 2020 and ended on a very positive note with unusual separate SQL and SPL Finals events, which included 100+ competitors in all contests. The car audio industry had an amazing year, and MECA contributed the fun and games that are our legacy and an important part of promoting the Mobile Electronics Industry.”

The 2021 season is underway and the forecast is for an exciting series of contests, especially in late Spring/early Summer when conditions are projected to improve concerning COVID-19.
Thanks to our many members, at all levels, for the support and participation: Competitors, Judges, Retail Members, Fans, and Manufacturer Members.

Watch their 23rd year, the 2021 season schedule develop at https://mecaevents.com/

Contact the Commissioner to make arrangements for your 2021 events.

MECA Concluded the 2020 Season with a Big BOOM at the SPL World Finals

LAFAYETTE, IN (11.02.2020) – MECA, the car audio club and sports sanctioning body, concluded the 2020 season with a big BOOM at the SPL Finals in Lafayette, IN at SoundCheck Customs over the October 24-25 weekend, with 81 entrants.

It was a chilly day in Lafayette IN on Friday October 23rd when MECA Commish Steve Stern arrived at Sound Check Customs to set up for the 2020 MECA SPL World Finals.
Competitors gathered to watch the numbers on the meter in the lane at the SPL Finals.

The SQL Finals were held the weekend before in Ashland City, TN and hosted 38 competitors. Despite the truncated season due to the COVID-19 health issues, the club was able to provide 2 high quality events for the members and the 12-Volt Industry.

The Young Family competes in MECA events. Tim Young, Team High Voltage, was SPL MS2 World Finals Champion. Daughter Jesselin, being hugged by Tim, competed in the MECA Kids Class.

Co-sponsors for the events were Arc Audio, Linear Power, and Zapco, with TRU Technology being the Title Sponsor for SQL, and Incriminator Audio, Ohio Generator, Sundown Audio, and XS Power for SPL, Show & Shine, Ride The Light, and MECA Kids contests.

Members of Team Sound Check Customs are shown with their trophies after the MECA SPL Finals wrapped.
Team Bangin’ On A Budget pictured with their MECA SPL Finals hardware.

MECA presented 300+ trophies and awards to World Champs, State Champs, and special recognition plaques to Competitors, Retail Members, and Manufacturer Members.

Chuck Pilkinton, Audio X/ Incriminator, from Florence AL with award plaques for National Points Championships.

SoundCheck Customs is the 2020 Retailer of the Year. Sundown Audio is the 2020 Manufacturer of the Year. Arc Audio received the 12-Volt Industry Award for enhanced participation and support of the Mobile Electronics Industry.

These trophy winners were having some fun at the BBQ dinner party that followed the MECA SPL Finals at the Sound Check Customs facility

Sound Quality League and Sound Pressure League World Champs lists detail the winners. The Club Awards list highlights the most involved and engaged members. State Awards may be viewed at the club website www.mecacaraudio.com in the Archives.

The 2021 season is already underway with events in FL, CA, TN, NC, IN, and OH on the books. Contact the Commissioner to receive information on club and trade organization membership and benefits. See the event results at www.mecaevents.com

MECA Presented The 2020 SQL World Finals on October 17th & 18th

ASHLAND CITY, TN (10.19.2020) – The Cheatham County Fairgrounds in Ashland City TN was the site of the 2020 MECA SQL World Finals.

MECA Commish Steve Stern related “There were 38 competitors at the SQL Finals with the best sounding vehicles on the planet. The MECA Club ended the 2020 SQL Season with a very positive outcome for our member SQL fanatics.”

Set up for the event took place on Friday, October 16th as judging meters were set up and trophies were placed inside for all to see. TRU Technology was the Awards Title Sponsor and owner John Yi traveled from the company’s HQ in California for the SQL Finals. ARC Audio, Zapco, Ohio Generator, XS Power and Linear Power were Trophy Co-Sponsors.

MECA Commish Steve Stern (L) working with Christopher Anderson for RTA Freq Out Score on Anderson’s amazing Chrysler with custom paint, Lambo doors and award winning system.

The Cheatham County Fairgrounds has been the site of previous MECA events. “It was a chilly 36 degrees when we got started on Saturday morning under a clear sky. All went smoothly as the 38 SQL competitors set their vehicles for judging. By mid-afternoon Sunday the judging finished and the 2020 MECA SQL World Finals was a wrap” Stern stated.

The trophies set up for the 2020 MECA SQL World Finals.

Results will be posted by Wednesday at MECAevents.com with images and news, also on Facebook.

John Yi helps unload trophies on Friday at the Cheatham County Fairground. TRU Technology was the 2020 MECA SQL Trophy Title Sponsor. Yi, TRU Technology owner, traveled from the company’s HQ in California for the Finals’ event.

“The 2020 season wraps with the MECA SPL World Finals at SoundCheck Customs in Lafayette, IN the 24th and 25th of October. We are expecting that event to fill the grounds around the SoundCheck location and be bonkers. With 2021 events beginning we are looking forward to an exciting, music enriching year to come” Stern concluded.

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Elite Audio Hosted a Very Successful MECA Event

ATHENS, TN (06.22.2020) – Long-time MECA Retail Member, Elite Audio in Athens TN, hosted a MECA event at the Sweetwater Flea Market on Sunday May 31st. Elite Audio has hosted numerous events at this venue through the years.

MECA Members pitch in to help a fellow competitor get a big number on the meter.

Oran Barkley, Elite Audio owner and MECA 2018 SPL Street 5 World Champion stated “The Sweetwater Flea Market is just up the road from our store a few miles. We had a great event. Over 60 competition vehicles were in the lanes for MECA Show & Shine, SQL and SPL runs. In addition there were NSPL and Bass Outlaw competitors plus about 20 friends that just came to demo their rides. There was a lot of enthusiasm among competitors who were very happy to be back at a MECA event. We had competitors from Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia plus many from Tennessee.”

Oran Barkley was happy to see friends and competitors at the Sweetwater Flea Market.

Steve Stern, MECA Commish, offered “This was the first show for the East Tennessee/Virginia area and spectator turnout was especially good, and lots of enthusiasm. People were genuinely grateful to be back at a MECA event, able to see friends, show new builds, and lots of car audio gear.”

This amazing Chevy pickup was one of the ultra tricked rides on site at the event.

Continuing, Stern stated “Oran is a believer in hosting cost-effective, fun events that highlight his store plus the products and services he provides. He understands the sound-off competitors since he has been one for many years. Team O.S.C. is a testimony to the relationships he builds with his customers, who turn into friends as they travel and socialize at the events. This makes for loyal customers, and that’s really important to speciality car audio shops.”

The Odd Squad Custom Team was founded in 1995 as a low rider club.

Barkley started Team O.S.C. (Odd Squad Custom) in 1995 as a Low Rider Club for car shows. Through the years the marketplace has changed and now club members focus on car audio competitions and car shows.

Barkley related business has been strong during the COVID-19 pandemic with strong sales across the board in car audio, marine and side-by-side categories.

Concluding, Stern offered “Starting Monday, June 22nd, we will make daily posts on Facebook highlighting MECA Retail Members. The first post will be last year’s Team Of The Year, Team O.S.C. owned by Oran Barkley-Elite Audio and featured above.

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MECA Car Audio Restarts the 2020 Season with the 14th Annual “The Vinny” Event

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (05.19.2020) – The 14th Annual ‘The Vinny’ Event 2020 was held in 2 locations on Sunday, May 17th. The SQL event took place at Audio Specialists in Clarksville TN and the SPL competition took place at the Cheatham County Fairgrounds in Ashland, TN. At each venue there were 11 MECA members competing. XSPower sponsors MECA events in Tennessee.

The Audio Specialist location in Clarksville TN was the site of the MECA SQL competition.

Steve Stern, MECA Commish, stated “We wanted to get back to sensibly and safely providing venues for our MECA Club members. With the COVID-19 crisis finally easing it seemed now was the right time for a ‘Restart’ of the 2020 MECA season. Starting to get back on track, with ‘The Vinny’, seemed like the thing to do. Rob Bess has a great location in Clarksville that was ideal for the SQL Competition. We were mindful of restrictions for SPL and chose the Cheatham County Fairgrounds in Ashland, TN that offered a wide open venue with plenty of space bass and for social distancing.”

This group is pictured at the MECA SPL competition at Cheatham County Fairgrounds in Ashland TN. On the left MECA Commish Steve Stern, Judge Malani Puni and Ethan Stern along with a number of MECA SPL competitors.

Rob Bess, Audio Specialists owner stated “It was so great to see MECA competitors showcasing their systems. We provided ample space for social distancing during the event and judging. We had a competitor drive from Atlanta and one from South Carolina. Everyone that came was so happy to get out in the world and be among fellow MECA members.”

Competitor Doug Hyden wiped out the windshield in his ride and had to drive carefully back to Newport, TN… over 150 miles away. He did win “Best of Show” in the SPL competition.

Bess added “We brought in pizza for lunch which everyone enjoyed. In fact a couple of competitors mentioned this was the first food they had eaten outside of their home in a couple weeks. We all had a really good time.”

MECA’s Ethan Stern behind the meter in the SPL lane.

Continuing Stern offered “I drove the 40 miles to the SPL event at the Cheatham County Fairgrounds with the event setup gear in the MECA van with my son Ethan. It was terrific to see the competitors plus hear and judge their rides. Team American Bass had 2 vehicles that were really loud. Doug Hyden, Team High Voltage, topped 152 and shattered his windshield. He then drove, very carefully, over 150 miles back to Newport TN. It was a good trip for him because he had the Best of Show trophy in his back seat. Hyden runs MECA Manufacturer Member gear…Sundown subs, Stinger wire and accessories and has 3 Mechman alternators in his ride.”

SPL Competitor Matt Holloran and his son relax between runs in the SPL lane.

Concluding, Stern stated “The Vinny” is named for MECA Charter Member and SQL Coordinator and Judge Vinny Taylor from Franklin TN. Vinny is still active and helps with Rules and Ethics Committe, Judge training and larger events including the Finals.”

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MECA Is Moving Forward

NASHVILLE, TN (04.30.2020) – MECA is moving forward and featuring a Manufacturer Member every weekday at facebook.com/steve.stern07.

“Keeping our members and fans engaged, plus highlighting our sponsors’ brands, keeps all fresh in enthusiast’s minds. Even with the suspension of events, participants are working on the vehicles and installs. They are also preparing for reinstatement of the Event Schedule at mecaevents.com, so they can earn their credentials as State and World Champs for the 2020 season” MECA Commish Steve Stern related.

MECA plans to move forward with events as soon as government entities allow gatherings of automotive show events. There will be CDC protocols to follow, including masks for all, and gloves for the judges who will consent to work the show. Competitors will be asked to sanitize their vehicles as much as possible, especially for SQL judges who must sit in each vehicle to listen to music and judge it. Vehicles and people must maintain 6′ social distance at all times, except for testing, which will be done as quickly as possible. Local sponsors, hosts, judges, and Event Directors will all be involved in setting up shows properly for the safety of all present. A state, city, local or county government agency may approve of events, but all involved will have to be totally comfortable with judging and administering the event.

Steve Stern

“We will be vigilant in our pursuit of safe events and protocols may change in response to any number of variables” Stern added.

Continuing, Stern offered “MECA will be announcing the Car Audio Championship – United Finals – dates and location soon. There have been issues around setting this Finals event, but the car audio sports organizations – dB Drag Racing, IASCA, EMMA, and MECA – want to present this event, in mid-October, if possible. More to come on the 2020 Car Audio Championship.The Event Schedule will become very active once we get back to show business, so please watch as we remove shows that we can’t do, and add shows that we can do.”

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MECA Highlights Daily Manufacturer Member Facebook Posts – Ohio Generator

NASHVILLE, TN (04.17.2020) – MECA, the Mobile Electronics Competition Association, Inc., based in Nashville, begins a series of daily posts featuring 2020 Manufacturer Members at: facebook.com/steve.stern07

The car/truck/motorcycle events, with MECA sound-off contests, have been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MECA is working to keep members engaged and ready for future shows, hoping to resume in early summer.

Highlighting the Manufacturer Members, focusing on each brand, and working with the club’s Retail Members to sell the gear is always priority one for the faceted organization. Offering a proven business plan for hosting and sponsoring events, the club has been a beacon for car audio professionals and enthusiasts since 1999.

Steve Stern

“Our Manufacturer Members are critical for our club and contests, helping to make what we do bigger and better. The industry benefits from our partnerships with Manufacturer and Retail Members who participate, building and fortifying their brands. These facebook posts will bring a lot of good mojo for our Manufacturer Members.”

See Manufacturer Member section at www.mecacaraudio.com and News regarding the rest of the 2020 season.

MECA to Feature Daily Manufacturer Member Facebook Posts

NASHVILLE, TN (04.16.2020) – MECA, the Mobile Electronics Competition Association, Inc., based in Nashville, begins a series of daily posts featuring 2020 Manufacturer Members at: facebook.com/steve.stern07

The car / truck / motorcycle events, with MECA sound-off contests, have been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MECA is working to keep members engaged and ready for future shows, hoping to resume in early summer.

Steve Stern

Highlighting the Manufacturer Members, focusing on each brand, and working with the club’s Retail Members to sell the gear is always priority one for the multi-faceted organization. Offering a proven business plan for hosting and sponsoring events, the club has been a beacon for car audio professionals and enthusiasts since 1999.

“Our Manufacturer Members are critical for our club and contests, helping to make what we do bigger and better. The industry benefits from our partnerships with Manufacturer and Retail Members who participate, building and fortifying their brands. These facebook posts will bring a lot of good mojo for our Manufacturer Members.”

See Manufacturer Member section at www.mecacaraudio.com and News regarding the rest of the 2020 season.