Metra Had a Major Presence at the SSR Distributors Dallas Dealer Show

DALLAS, TX (05.26.22) – Sunday, May 22nd, was the date of the SSR Distributors Dealer Show at the company’s new Dallas location and Metra Electronics was ready. The new 25,000 square foot location was packed with over 200 people in the house to see Metra on the show floor, attend a training session and checkout demo vehicles outside.

Jonathan Brothers gives a big thumbs up in front of the standing room only Metra training.
The Brothers’ Bronco was loaded with giveaways for dealers at the Metra training.

Jonathan Brothers, handling Regional Outsides Sales in Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas/Louisiana, conducted the standing room only training session, worked the booth and showcased his Bronco outside for all to check out. Carlos Muniz, West South Central US Territory Supervisor, was in the house and both he and Brothers were busy throughout the show.

On the show floor the Metra booth displayed products and had real product catalogs for dealers.
The Brothers’ Bronco was also a demo vehicle outside.

Tracy Farr, SSR VP Sales/Ops, related “The Metra training by Jonathan Brothers was a huge success. He covered so much ground regarding the Metra and Heise brands for the dealers in the session. Plenty of giveaways too for the dealers with cameras and LED products. Having Carlos Muniz travel to Dallas for our show was an added bonus.”

SSR’s Amir Dhanani is flanked by Metra’s Jonathan Brothers (L) and Carlos Muniz in this ‘fun’ photo op.
The Bronco and Metra definitely shined at the SSR Distributors Dealer Show in Dallas.

Farr added “The turnout from 12volt dealers from across the territory was amazing. Having such strong support from Metra definitely added to our dealer’s takeaway from attending our show in Dallas. We are planning a show in the fall this year at the SSR Houston location.”

The SSR Dealer Show was a family friendly event with activities for kids along with food and refreshments. The Sports Zone set up outside offered a lot of activities for youngsters. The Breakfast Brothers food truck was also on site throughout the day.

There will be more coverage of this epic SSR Distributors event in the coming days this week.

Visit metraonline.com and ssrdistributors.com for more.

Metra Electronics to Host Manufacturer Training Sessions at KnowledgeFest

ORLANDO, FL (05.18.22)Metra Electronics is heading to Orlando, FL to host new training sessions at KnowledgeFest and showcase their latest aftermarket installation products. At the booth will also be a 2001 Honda S2000 built by Ata Ehdaivand from Absolute Electronix in Derwood, MD, customized with Metra products. Metra’s training sessions will cover new products launched at The 2021 SEMA Show. This includes new Axxessintegration products and DSPs, Saddle Tramplighting and audio upgrades that fit Harley-Davidson, aftermarket accessories that fit Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, and new vehicle lighting solutions from Heise. As a Diamond Ultra sponsor, Metra is proud to support the industry by providing in-depth training sessions for installers at the event, hosted June 10-12. Training sessions include:

“Simplify your Install with Axxess DSPs” on Friday, June 10 at 1:45 PM and Sunday, June 12 at 9:30 AM

This training will cover the entire Axxess DSP product line, highlight new vehicle coverage, and showcase the newest app features. Metra will show installers how these solutions can increase sales in the showroom and decrease time in the bay. Attendees will learn how to use and set up Axxess DSPs through the app for complete tuning control and when to use the DSP “Lite” versus “X” solutions. This training will also explain how to use the different types of applications offered within the AXDSP line, including CAN-based systems, new A2B systems, MOST25, and MOST50 vehicle technology.

“New Accessories for Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator” on Friday, June 10 at 3:00 PM

Installers will learn how to upgrade the look and sound system of the latest Jeep models using Metra’s newest accessories designed for JeepWrangler JL and Gladiator JT models. This session will go over installing the new Metra RGB lighting kit with plug-n-play connections and expandable Heise lighting options. It will also showcase Metra’s new Talon Attack replacement grille, amplifier installation kits, and new accessory harnesses that make adding aftermarket lighting even easier for installers.

“New Saddle Tramp Audio Upgrades for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles” on Saturday, June 11 at 4:15 PM

Metra makes it easy to upgrade the audio system in Harley-Davidson motorcycles with Saddle Tramp’s newest products. Learn more about the new DSP kits with a built-in interface that reflashes the OE radio and gives installers full tuning control from the palm of their hand. This session will also introduce the new motorcycle accessories from Metra that will upgrade the music experience and provide easy integration using Metra’s improved radio replacement kits and harnessing.

“New Vehicle Lighting Trends with Heise” on Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 PM

Lighting upgrades are in demand and Metra’s newest products from Heise deliver just what installers need to meet the latest trends in automotive lighting. Learn about the new and improved Heise lightbars and cube lights, projector series LED bulbs, new wheel lights, RGB and RGBW underglow kits, and the popular third brake light designed for the new 2021 Ford Bronco. This training session includes valuable tips for selling and installing these new LED lighting solutions from Heise.

“Advanced Integration Made Easy with Axxess and Metra” on Sunday, June 12 at 10:45 AM

Attendees will learn about the newest solutions from Axxess and Metra that make vehicle integration easy, even with some of the notoriously complex vehicle systems. This training session gives in-depth installation information for Metra’s new AXPIO integration kits for Pioneer receivers, Metra’s latest TurboTouch dash kits, and new Axxess interfaces hitting the market.

Metra’s customers can register for the KnowledgeFest event at no cost using Metra’s VIP code, available by request from their sales representative. Once registered for the event, attendees will also need to register online at KnowledgeFest.org for each training session they will attend. Metra will be at booth #1001 from June 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

See additional details about the show, produced by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), at KnowledgeFest.org.

Metra Marine Ships New Products

HOLLY HILL, FL (04.12.22) – Metra Marine by Metra Electronics is shipping new Amplifier Wiring Kits and Marine Wire for marine applications. Drawing on Metra’s expertise in high-performance automotive audio and lighting accessories, the Metra Marine line has added four new amplifier wiring kits and three new options for marine wire. These new products are specifically designed for the demands of watercraft.

Metra Marine’s new amplifier wiring kits feature fully tinned oxygen-free wire in a BC5W2 marine compliant jacket. Benefits to using tinned copper wire versus bare copper wire are that it won’t corrode, oxidize and turn green, and it’s easy to solder. Metra uses 100% virgin oxygen-free copper, which ensures that the tin doesn’t flake off from the copper, commonly seen when using recycled copper. While it is also common to tin just the tips of the wire for cost savings, this practice does not actually provide any benefits. Metra’s amp kits use fully tinned copper wire from top to bottom to ensure a reliable connection that can withstand a harsh marine environment and salty air. The ignition-protected circuit breaker is IP67 rated with stainless steel connection points for corrosion resistance. Included in the kits are:

  • A four or eight gauge tinned oxygen-free copper side-by-side red power and yellow ground wire (10 or 20 feet)
  • 18-gauge tinned oxygen-free copper blue remote turn-on wire (18 feet)
  • Connectors, ring terminals, and wire ties
  • Ignition protected circuit breaker (50-amp or 100-amp)

The amplifier kits are now available and shipping and come in two different gauge and length options as follows:

ML-AK8-10: 8 AWG Amp Kit (10 feet)

ML-AK8-20: 8 AWG Amp Kit (20 feet)

ML-AK4-10: 4 AWG Amp Kit (10 feet)

ML-AK4-20: 4 AWG Amp Kit (20 feet)

The assortment of new marine wire from Metra Marine is designed specifically for marine applications using marine standards and marine color code. Each are constructed from fully tinned copper wire to ensure a reliable connection that can withstand a harsh marine environment and salty air. This new group of products offers three reliable wiring options for boating enthusiasts that will stand up to corrosion:

ML-BL18-500: Tinned OFC Marine Grade Remote Wire, 18 GA 500 foot Spool

  • Blue primary wire
  • 18 AWG fully tinned OFC multi-strand power wire
  • BC-5W2 marine compliant
  • 500 foot spool
  • 1 year limited warranty

ML-SPG8-100: Tinned OFC Side-by-side Red/Yellow wire, 8 GA 100 foot Spool

  • Jackets of the power and ground wires are bonded together to make running the cable simpler and faster
  • Red and yellow side-by-side (power/ground)
  • 8 AWG fully tinned OFC multi-strand power wire
  • High strand count for maximum flexibility
  • BC-5W2 marine compliant
  • 100 foot spool
  • 1 year limited warranty

ML-SPG4-100: Tinned OFC Side-by-side Red/Yellow wire, 4 GA 100 foot Spool

  • Red and yellow side-by-side (power/ground)
  • 4 AWG fully tinned OFC multi-strand power wire
  • High strand count for maximum flexibility
  • BC-5W2 marine compliant
  • 100 foot spool
  • 1 year limited warranty

These products are in stock and available now. View more information and place orders for these and other marine products at MetraMarine.com.

Metra Electronics Hosting Training Sessions at KnowledgeFest Indy

HOLLY HILL, FL (03.18.22) – Metra Electronics is heading to Indianapolis, IN to host new training sessions at KnowledgeFest and showcase their latest aftermarket installation products. At the booth will also be a 2017 Jeep Wrangler, provided by Car Stereo One, customized with Metra products. Metra’s training sessions will cover new products launched at The SEMA Show. This includes new Axxess integration products and DSPs, Saddle Tramp lighting and audio upgrades that fit Harley-Davidson, aftermarket accessories that fit Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, and new vehicle lighting solutions from Heise.

As a Diamond Ultra sponsor, Metra is proud to support the industry by providing in-depth training sessions for installers at the event, hosted April 1-3. Training sessions include:

“Simplify your Install with Axxess DSPs” on Friday, April 1 at 1:45 PM and Sunday, April 3 at 9:30 AM
This training will cover the entire Axxess DSP product line, highlight new vehicle coverage, and showcase the newest app features. Metra will show installers how these solutions can increase sales in the showroom and decrease time in the bay. Attendees will learn how to use and set up Axxess DSPs through the app for complete tuning control and when to use the DSP “Lite” versus “X” solutions. This training will also explain how to use the different types of applications offered within the AXDSP line, including CAN-based systems, new A2B systems, MOST25, and MOST50 vehicle technology.

“New Accessories for Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator” on Friday, April 1 at 3:00 PM
Installers will learn how to upgrade the look and sound system of the latest Jeep models using Metra’s newest accessories designed for Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator JT models. This session will go over installing the new Metra RGB lighting kit with plug-n-play connections and expandable Heise lighting options. It will also showcase Metra’s new Talon Attack replacement grille, amplifier installation kits, and new accessory harnesses that make adding aftermarket lighting even easier for installers.

“New Saddle Tramp Audio Upgrades for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles” on Saturday, April 1 at 4:15 PM
Metra makes it easy to upgrade the audio system in Harley-Davidson motorcycles with Saddle Tramp’s newest products. Learn more about the new DSP kits with a built-in interface that reflashes the OE radio and gives installers full tuning control from the palm of their hand. This session will also introduce the new motorcycle accessories from Metra that will upgrade the music experience and provide easy integration using Metra’s improved radio replacement kits and harnessing.

“New Vehicle Lighting Trends with Heise” on Saturday, April 2 at 5:30 PM
Lighting upgrades are in demand and Metra’s newest products from Heise deliver just what installers need to meet the latest trends in automotive lighting. Learn about the new and improved Heise lightbars and cube lights, projector series LED bulbs, new wheel lights, RGB and RGBW underglow kits, and the popular third brake light designed for the new 2021 Ford Bronco. This training session includes valuable tips for selling and installing these new LED lighting solutions from Heise.

“Advanced Integration Made Easy with Axxess and Metra” on Sunday, April 3 at 10:45 AM
Attendees will learn about the newest solutions from Axxess and Metra that make vehicle integration easy, even with some of the notoriously complex vehicle systems. This training session gives in-depth installation information for Metra’s new AXPIO integration kits for Pioneer receivers, Metra’s latest TurboTouch dash kits, and new Axxess interfaces hitting the market.

Metra’s customers can register for the KnowledgeFest event at no cost using Metra’s VIP code, available by request from their sales representative. Once registered for the event, attendees will also need to register online at KnowledgeFest.org for each training session they will attend. Metra will be at booth #201 from April 1-3 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.

See additional details about the show, produced by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), at KnowledgeFest.org.

North Carolina Area Off-Road Vehicle Casting Call from Metra Electronics

HOLLY HILL, FL (12.16.2021) – Does your store have off-road vehicles with Heise LED or Metra Electronics lights installed? Are you looking for professional photo and video content for your shop’s own marketing materials?

Metra is organizing a professional photoshoot in North Carolina in January of 2022. The company is looking for trucks, Jeeps, snowmobiles, UTVs, or ATVs that have Metra or Heise lights installed. Dealers will receive high-resolution photos and videos to use for their own marketing or social media. These images will be used for Metra’s catalogs, social media, and marketing materials.

Dealers/vehicle owners would need to commit to driving their vehicle to the photoshoot location for a late afternoon/evening shoot. Interested? Send photos of your vehicle with your contact information to photo@metra-autosound.com for consideration.

Visit metraonline.com for more.

Metra Celebrates the Life of Founder Michael M. Somma

HOLLY HILL, FL (12.13.2021) – It is with great sadness and tremendous respect that Metra Electronics Corporation® announces the passing of its founder and innovator, Mr. Michael M. Somma. Metra’s president, Bill Jones, offered the following words as a tribute to honor the life of Mr. Somma:

“As Metra is celebrating its 75th year in business, his passing is even more bittersweet. But, we at Metra choose to celebrate his life rather than posting a simple obituary. His life was much more than that. His life was Metra, and thus, if you will indulge me, I’d like to offer you a kind remembrance of a man that meant so much to me and all of us, but especially the industry he helped to father and promote. Michael Somma was a man of simple means born to a hard-working Italian immigrant family living in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York. He was brought up with six sisters and his father worked at Steeplechase Park from 1913 until its closing in the 1960s. His mother tended to the upbringing of seven children and kept a loving household. Michael Somma was a true pioneer and a genius of the 6volt and 12volt car radio industry. He will be missed by his family, his friends, and the industry as a whole. Somma was 94 years of age at his passing. He saw the tremendous changes in our business since Metra’s founding in 1946 on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

Somma started out by opening a television sales and service shop with his brother-in-law, Sal Izzo, after serving proudly and with honor in the United States Navy in World War II. He was a graduate of Brooklyn Technical School, where he learned electrical and mechanical engineering skills. Somma built and sold his first television while attending school, which became his first official TV sale. It must have worked well! After the war, where he served as a radioman, he knew where his passion and interests would be best utilized, and thus, Metra Radio and TV was founded.

In the 1940s, Metra Radio and TV initially focused on selling television sets and home radios more so than car radios, as the demand for TVs was much greater and more lucrative at the time. Nevertheless, they went on to sell and install numerous car radios because cars at this time did not come equipped with a radio and the option from the factory was, as it is now, an expensive addition. Installing a car radio was a time-consuming and complex undertaking. These trials and tribulations gave Somma the idea of standardizing the design and creation of kits instead of tackling each installation one at a time.

Several innovations at the time pushed Metra’s focus more towards automotive. From the beginning, Metra was a Blaupunkt car radio dealer. Blaupunkt made great car radios and was the first to introduce FM to their units. Although not many FM stations existed at the time, the ones that did, offered a clearer and static-free broadcast. Although AM technology was still the rule and FM the exception up until the 1970s, Somma’s forward-thinking saw the potential on the broader bandwidth of FM and its ability to attain Hi-Fidelity sound, as it was called at that time.

Somma’s other innovation was the manufacturing of car radio installation kits, which greatly facilitated an easier installation of car radios. At the beginning of car radio installations, it could take two men several hours to install the earlier and primitive units. Somma used his considerable mechanical skills to fashion Metra’s earliest kits out of metal and find whatever way he could fasten the radio to the car. As a perfectionist, the installations were always top-notch.

One of the events that genuinely catapulted Metra to its glory was the change in New York regulations by the Taxi and Limousine Commission, allowing taxi cabs to legally have radios in their cabs. Prior to this, many states and municipalities outlawed radio use as they felt it would be a distraction to the driver. This change led Metra to pre-fabricate kits as their radio and installation business took off!

Soon, the car radio side of the business became more lucrative than selling TVs, and thus was born the new division, Metra Electronics. As more installations kept coming in, the need for a bigger facility became apparent. The solution was to move to a larger headquarters on McDonald Avenue in Brooklyn. This was the time of the “two Metras,” and the original store remained open and focused strictly on television repair and sales, run by Sal Izzo. Izzo was cautious of betting on just car audio and felt better suited to TV repairs and sales.

As the 1950s rolled on, more and more installations meant fabricating more radio kits. This is where Somma’s talents came into play, thinking of the bigger picture outside of Brooklyn. He reasoned early on that there were 48 other states going through the same hassle to fabricate brackets and trim panels for radio installations. Metra’s complete car radio installation kit for dealers was born. This is not to say that Metra was the only company thinking the same thoughts. Still, Somma’s boldness led him to eliminate the installation bays and fill them with machinery and equipment to manufacture the myriad of kits required to fit the many different types of cars on the road. He hired engineers and designers, set up a shipping department, and hired a sales and marketing staff to take Metra nationwide. Although it wasn’t always easy, his persistence paid off and Metra Electronics became a great success!

As time went by, Metra went full circle and introduced a line of car radios called MetraVox in the early 1960s that included 4-track players, AM and FM radio, and eventually became a public company in 1969. It was a highly successful line until the field became very crowded and technology-laden. MetraVox’s radios, which were manufactured in Italy and Japan, were discontinued as Somma determined that the true profit center was in the installation kit business.

In closing, let’s not forget the true pioneer who was way ahead of his time. Michael M. Somma ranks up there with Armstrong, Lear, Shalam, and the rest,” says Jones. “May he rest in peace and I hope he is smiling down upon us watching his creation thriving after 75 great years,” he concluded. Metra’s complete line of 12volt brands can be seen at MetraOnline.com. Additional information about the history of Metra Electronics is available at http://www.metraonline.com/news-post/408.

Metra Electronics to Host New Manufacturer Training Sessions at KnowledgeFest in Dallas, TX

HOLLY HILL, FL (12.01.2021) – Metra Electronics is heading to Dallas, Texas to host new training sessions at KnowledgeFest and showcase their latest aftermarket installation products. At the booth will also be a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD built by Extreme Offroad and Performance and customized from the front to the back with Heise LED lights and more. Metra’s training sessions will cover new products launched at the 2021 SEMA Show. This includes new Axxessintegration products and DSPs, Saddle Tramplighting and audio upgrades that fit Harley-Davidson, aftermarket accessories that fit Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, and new vehicle lighting solutions from Heise. As a Diamond Ultra sponsor, Metra is proud to support the industry by providing in-depth training sessions for installers at the event, hosted December 10-12. Training sessions include:

“Simplify your Install with Axxess DSPs” on Friday, Dec. 10 at 1:45 PM and Sunday, Dec.12 at 9:30 AM

This training will cover the entire Axxess DSP product line, highlight new vehicle coverage, and showcase the newest app features. Metra will show installers how these solutions can increase sales in the showroom and decrease time in the bay. Attendees will learn how to use and set up Axxess DSPs through the app for complete tuning control and when to use the DSP “Lite” versus “X” solutions. This training will also explain how to use the different types of applications offered within the AXDSP line, including CAN-based systems, new A2B systems, MOST25, and MOST50 vehicle technology.

“New Accessories for Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator” on Friday, Dec. 10 at 3 PM

Installers will learn how to upgrade the look and sound system of the latest Jeep models using Metra’s newest accessories designed for JeepWrangler JL and Gladiator JT. This session will go over installing the new Metra RGB lighting kit with plug-n-play connections and expandable Heise lighting options. It will also showcase Metra’s new Talon Attack replacement grille, amplifier installation kits, and new accessory harnesses that make adding aftermarket lighting even easier for installers.

“New Lighting & Audio Upgrades for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles” on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 4:15 PM

Metra makes it easy to upgrade the audio system in Harley-Davidson motorcycles with Saddle Tramp’s newest products. Learn more about the new DSP kits with a built-in interface that reflashes the OE radio and gives installers full tuning control from the palm of their hand. This session will also introduce the new motorcycle accessories from Metra that will upgrade the music experience and provide easy integration using Metra’s improved radio replacement kits and harnessing.

“New Vehicle Lighting Trends with Heise” on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 PM

Lighting upgrades are in demand and Metra’s newest products from Heise deliver just what installers need to meet the latest trends in automotive lighting. Learn about the new and improved Heise lightbars and cube lights, projector series LED bulbs, new wheel lights, RGB and RGBW underglow kits, and the popular third brake light designed for the new 2021 Ford Bronco. This training session includes valuable tips for selling and installing these new LED lighting solutions from Heise.

“Advanced Integration Made Easy with Axxess and Metra” on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 10:45 AM

Attendees will learn about the newest solutions from Axxess and Metra that make vehicle integration easy, even with some of the notoriously complex vehicle systems. This training session gives in-depth installation information for Metra’s new AXPIO integration kits for Pioneer receivers, Metra’s latest TurboTouch dash kits, and new Axxess interfaces hitting the market.

Metra’s customers can register for the KnowledgeFest event at no cost using Metra’s VIP code, available by request from their sales representative. Once registered for the event, attendees will also need to register online at KnowledgeFest.org for each training session they will attend. Metra will be at booth #513 from December 10-12 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Visit metraonline.com for more.

Metra Electronics Introduces New Dash Kits at SEMA Show

HOLLY HILL, FL (11.04.2021) – Metra Electronics is launching new dash kits at the 2021 SEMA Show. These new products fit a wide range of vehicles, with solutions ranging from simple plastic dash kits, replacement dash panels, and a sun shade, to a sophisticated TurboTactile dash kit with integrated electronics and built-in interface technology. Metra is also launching several dash kits in its 107, 108, and 109 series designed specifically for select Pioneer Modular Solutions receivers to fit new Honda and Kia models. Metra’s dash kits include the following new models:

95-6558B TurboTactile: Fits 2014-2019 Ram Trucks

  • ISO Double-DIN radio for models equipped with auto climate controls and factory 8” screen
  • Retains factory climate control buttons and also adds buttons for lost functions and access to vehicle personalization menus
  • Built-in OLED screen displays visual status of climate functions such as temperature, fan speed, and vent mode that were displayed on factory screen
  • All-in-one interface to retain climate control functions, factory amplifier, and steering wheel controls
  • Painted scratch-resistant matte black with chrome accents

107-HY1: Fits 2020-up* Hyundai Sonata

  • Designed specifically for 6.8” Pioneer Modular Solutions receivers (like the DMH-C2550NEX and DMH-C2500NEX)**
  • Painted to match factory look with a gloss black face, bright silver trim, and matte black  back plate

107-KI2HG: Fits 2021 Kia K5

  • Designed specifically for 6.8” Pioneer Modular Solutions receivers (like the DMH-C2550NEX and DMH-C2500NEX)**
  • Gloss black painted parts and textured parts to match the factory finish

108-KI2HG: Fits 2021 Kia K5

  • Designed specifically for 8” Pioneer Modular Solutions receiver (DMH-C5500NEX)**
  • Gloss black painted parts and textured parts to match the factory finish

107-KI1HG: Fits 2020-up* Kia Seltos

  • Designed specifically for ISO Double-DIN radios with an “L” shaped chassis design with the radio chassis at the bottom (Alpine iLX-207**) or 6.8” Pioneer Modular Solutions receivers (like the DMH-C2550NEX and DMH-C2500NEX)**
  • Gloss black painted parts and textured parts to match the factory finish

108-KI1HG: Fits 2020-up* Kia Seltos

  • Designed specifically for 8” Pioneer Modular Solutions receiver (DMH-C5500NEX)**
  • Assembled with gloss black painted parts and textured parts to match the factory finish

109-KI1HG: Fits 2020-up* Kia Seltos

  • Designed specifically for the new 9” Pioneer Modular Solutions receiver (DMH-WC6600NEX)**
  • Assembled with gloss black painted parts and textured parts to match the factory finish

DP-7528: Fits 1990-1993 Mazda Miata

  • ISO Single-DIN radio with pocket or ISO Double-DIN radio
  • Textured to match the factory dash
  • Can also be used as a factory dash replacement with factory Mazda radios

DP-7419: Fits 2005-2006 Nissan Altima

  • Single-DIN radio with pocket or ISO Double-DIN radio
  • Multiple custom textures
  • Can also be used as a factory dash replacement with factory Nissan radios

89-UV01: Universal Sun Shade

  • Designed to fit most Metra kits above the radio to cut down glare from the sun
  • Double-sided tape included for a secure fit

All of these new dash kits feature patent-pending designs and will be shipping soon. They are on display now at Metra’s main SEMA Show booth #12141 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center until November 5th, along with other new products launched in 2021. They can also be seen in Metra’s online 2021 SEMA New Product Guide.


* Visit MetraOnline.com for up-to-date vehicle specific information

** Refer to radio manufacturer for current models

AudioControl to Showcase Newest Products, Provide Training Sessions at KnowledgeFest in Indianapolis

SEATTLE, WA (10.01.2021) – AudioControl has announced that they will be exhibiting and hosting training seminars for attendees at KnowledgeFest Indianapolis, being held at the Indiana Convention Center, October 8-10, 2021.

The AudioControl team will be hosting one training seminar per day, covering how to maximize system performance with AudioControl’s all-in-one amplifier solutions (Friday), how to make each system shine using DSP (Saturday), and the many benefits of utilizing the AudioControl DM-RTA—the ultimate test tool (Sunday).

“These educational tracks will help our dealer partners deliver the highest performing mobile audio solutions for their customers,” explained AudioControl’s National Trainer Matthew Palumbo. “We are excited to share information, show off some important new solutions-based products and spend quality time interacting in person with dealers from the region.”

KnowledgeFest Indianapolis Training Schedule (Register Here)

Friday, October 8th @ 2:45PM Room 110: AudioControl Amplifiers – The All-In-One Solution
Description: Learn about the recently expanded lineup of 12V power amplifiers from AudioControl and what makes them so unique and versatile. With the recently expanded LC integration series and D series DSP models plus all-weather options, come see why AudioControl is your go-to partner for great sounding, easy-to-install amplifiers with unique features and the industry’s best warranty and customer service.

Saturday, October 9th @ 6:00PM Room 110: Demystifying the Black Box: Breaking Down DSP
Description: Join AudioControl’s National Trainer – Matthew Palumbo as he deconstructs and unravels the misconceptions of digital signal processors (DSP). Join to learn just how simple DSP can be, and how you could be using these powerful tools to produce better sounding systems with more predictable results. This is NOT just another DSP training course… this is truly a class you will not want to miss!

Sunday, October 10th @ 9:30AM Room 110: DM-RTA The Ultimate Audio Test Tool
Description: Learn how easily you can achieve fantastic results in systems using factory source units. Deliver outstanding system upgrades even when head units are on backorder. Using the DM-RTA to produce predictable results means better sounding systems, happier clients, and more return customers. Already have a DM-RTA but not sure when or how to use it? Don’t know why your shop needs a DM-RTA? Join us for this in-depth training from AudioControl and get answers!

Visit AudioControl at the 2021 KnowledgeFest Indianapolis, October 8-10 Booth 313

Visit audiocontrol.com for more.

New Metra Marine Lights and Amp Kits at IBEX Show

HOLLY HILL, FL (09.14.2021) – Metra Marine by Metra Electronics is launching new amplifier wiring kits, individual accent lights, and accent lighting kits for boats at the 2021 International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). Drawing on Metra’s expertise in high-performance automotive audio and lighting accessories, the Metra Marine line delivers four new amplifier wiring kits, six new accent lights, and two new accent lighting kits designed for the
demands of boating.

Metra Marine’s new amplifier wiring kits feature fully tinned oxygen-free wire in a BC5W2 marine compliant jacket. Benefits to using tinned copper wire versus bare copper wire are that it won’t corrode, oxidize and turn green, and it’s easy to solder. Metra uses 100% virgin oxygen-free copper, which ensures that the tin doesn’t flake off from the copper, commonly seen when using recycled copper. While it is also common to tin just the tips of the wire for cost savings, this practice does not actually provide any benefits. Metra’s amp kits use fully tinned copper wire from top to bottom to ensure a reliable connection that can withstand a harsh marine environment and salty air. The ignition-protected circuit breaker is IP67 rated with stainless steel connection points for corrosion resistance. Included in the kits are:
● A four or eight gauge tinned oxygen-free copper siamese red power and yellow ground
wire (10 or 20 feet)
● 18-gauge tinned oxygen-free copper blue remote turn-on wire (18 feet)
● Connectors, ring terminals, and wire ties
● Ignition protected circuit breaker (50-amp or 100-amp)

The amplifier kits will be available soon and come in two different gauge and length options as
follows:
ML-AK8-10: 8 AWG Amp Kit (10 feet)
ML-AK8-20: 8 AWG Amp Kit (20 feet)
ML-AK4-10: 4 AWG Amp Kit (10 feet)
ML-AK4-20: 4 AWG Amp Kit (20 feet)

For boat lighting, Metra Marine’s new accent lights are designed to illuminate the livewell, deck, storage section, and other areas of a boat. The IP67 rated lights have durable weather-resistant enclosures to seal out moisture and prevent corrosion. The low current draw of the LEDs reduces strain on the battery and the kits feature corrosion-resistant tinned wires and include installation hardware. Two new kits include six mini stainless steel cover accent lights and three larger utility lights with high-impact plastic in blue or white LED colors. The lights are also available individually in blue or white LEDs, with either a chrome plastic bezel enclosure, clear plastic bezel enclosure, or stainless steel bezel enclosure.

All of the Metra Marine accent lights are in stock now:
ML-ALCK9-W: White LED Accent Lighting Kit (9 Lights)
ML-ALCK9-B: Blue LED Accent Lighting Kit (9 Lights)
ML-AL2SS-W: White 2-LED Accent Light – Stainless Steel Bezel
ML-AL2SS-B: Blue 2-LED Accent Light – Stainless Steel Bezel
ML-AL2CL-W: White 2-LED Accent Light – Clear Plastic Bezel
ML-AL2CL-B: Blue 2-LED Accent Light – Clear Plastic Bezel
ML-AL4CL-W: White 4-LED Accent Light – Chrome Plastic Bezel
ML-AL4CL-B: Blue 4-LED Accent Light – Chrome Plastic Bezel

Metra will be at booth #3-1918 at IBEX, a trade-only show for the marine industry, held September 28-30 at the Tampa Convention Center. Additional marine products from their line can be seen at MetraMarine.com.