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.

Metra Electronics Ships New and Improved Dash Kits Designed to Fit 2010-up Toyota 4Runner Models

HOLLY HILL, FL (09.03.2021) – Metra Electronics has an upgraded dash kit designed to fit 2010-up* Toyota 4Runner models for aftermarket radio installation.

This new kit has been updated from Metra’s original 99-8227 dash kit design with a more modern radio opening and brackets, along with vent dial trim panels for a better fit. The 99-8271 dash kit is available painted silver as the 99-8271S or with a high gloss charcoal finish as the 99-8271CHG. This dash kit fits both an ISO Double-DIN radio provision or an ISO Single-DIN radio with a pocket included. It is made from the highest quality ABS plastic for an original factory-like fit and finish.

A video with installation tips can be viewed above or at https://youtu.be/pyP-LGSYzbM and additional installation accessories can be found at MetraOnline.com.

99-8271 Product Specifications
• Fits 2010-up* Toyota 4Runner
• Designed for a Double-DIN or Single-DIN radio
• Two color options are available:
– Silver: 99-8271S
– High gloss charcoal: 99-8271CHG

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

New Dash Kit for Hyundai Elantra from Metra Electronics

HOLLY HILL, FL (08.11.2021) – Metra Electronics is now shipping a new dash kit designed to fit 2019-2020 Hyundai Elantra models. The 95-7399B dash kit fits an ISO Double-DIN radio provision and is painted scratch-resistant matte black.

A blankout panel that goes below the aftermarket radio screen is also included with this kit. It is made from the highest quality ABS plastic for an original factory-like fit and finish.

95-7399B Product Specifications
● Fits 2019-2020 Hyundai Elantra
● Designed for an ISO Double-DIN radio
● Blankout panel included
● Painted scratch-resistant matte black

An installation video is available from Metra’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/Rf_sgouHNIw and additional installation accessories can be seen at MetraOnline.com.

Metra Electronics Ships New Dash Kits with 7-inch Touchscreen

HOLLY HILL, FL (07.19.2021) – Metra Electronics is now shipping two new dash kits with their biggest built-in touchscreen yet; a 7-inch color display. These new TurboTouch dash kits are the first of their kind, with previous kits in this series having a 4.3-inch built-in touchscreen in addition to the opening for the aftermarket radio screen. The 95-6552B dash kit fits 2015 and up* Dodge Charger models and the 95-6553B fits 2015 and up* Chrysler 300 models, giving the interior a high-tech, upgraded look and feel. The kits include the necessary wiring harness, antenna adapter, steering wheel control interface, USB/AUX-IN replacement panel, and data interface for a complete installation.

On both kits, the built-in 7-inch touchscreen displays and controls all climate and most of the personalization features that would typically be lost when removing the factory radio components. The kits also retain the factory audio controls on the steering wheel, retain the factory backup camera, safety chimes, and R.A.P. (Retained Accessory Power). Modifications are necessary for the bottom part of the dashboard, and replacement parts to retain the USB panel and the factory 3.5mm AUX-IN jack are included. These kits also provide accessory power (12volt 10-amp) and provide NAV outputs for parking brake, reverse, and speed sense. Balance and fade audio features are also retained, but only in non-amplified models. Both dash kits are designed for standard Double-DIN radios to go below the built-in 7-inch touchscreen and are painted scratch-resistant matte black to match the factory appearance.

95-6552B: Fits 2015-up* Dodge Charger

95-6553B: Fits 2015-up* Chrysler 300

Product Specifications

  • Built-in 7-inch color touchscreen display for climate and personalization features
  • Includes Axxess interface to retain the climate and steering wheel control functions
  • Provides accessory power (12-volt 10-amp)
  • Retains R.A.P. (Retained Accessory Power)
  • Provides NAV outputs (parking brake, reverse, speed sense)
  • Retains audio controls on the steering wheel
  • Retains safety warning chimes
  • Retains the factory backup camera
  • Retains the factory 3.5mm AUX-IN jack and USB (with replacement parts included)
  • Retains balance and fade (non-amplified models only)
  • Works in both amplified and non-amplified systems
  • Sub-dash modifications are necessary
  • Painted scratch-resistant matte black
  • Wiring harness included
  • Antenna adapter included
  • Micro “B” USB updatable

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

Metra Electronics to Host Six Manufacturer Training Sessions at KnowledgeFest in Orlando, FL

HOLLY HILL, FL (06.09.2021) – Metra Electronics will host six training sessions at the 2021 KnowledgeFest in-person event in Orlando, FL. As a Diamond Ultra sponsor, Metra is proud to support the industry by providing in-depth training sessions for installers, which will outline new integration products, lighting and audio upgrades for Harley-Davidson, aftermarket accessories for Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, and new products for upgrading vehicle safety systems. Installer Institute will also host a session to show shops how to connect with trained, certified graduates through their online career portal and explain the future of mobile electronics education. Training sessions include:

KnowledgeFest 2019

“Simplify your Install with Axxess DSPs” on Friday, June 25 at 12:30 PM

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/Gladiator from Metra” on Friday, June 25 at 1:45 PM

Metra has focused an entire product line to the growing market of Jeep owners who want to customize their rides to be louder and reflect their own personal style. This session will help them learn about the new speaker adapter plates, backup camera options, complete integration solutions, and LED lighting solutions designed to fit Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator models. Attendees will hear valuable tips for selling and installing these new products that will give them additional opportunities to sell a full range of upgrades to loyal Jeep customers.

KnowledgeFest 2018

“New Lighting and Audio Upgrades for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles” on Saturday, June 26 at 4:45 PM

How can shops cut down installation time on audio and lighting upgrades? Metra’s Saddle Tramp brand is here to help with even more new products launching this season. Attendees will be the first to learn about new Axxess DSPs that fit Harley-Davidson with a built-in re-flashing feature and Saddle Tramp’s newest replacement inner fairing. Attendees will learn how to offer upgrades to make their customer’s motorcycles louder and more stylish, without the need for labor-intensive custom fabrication and wiring.

“Upgrading Vehicle Safety Systems with iBEAM” on Saturday, June 26 at 6:00 PM

As more consumers upgrade their vehicles, safety and convenience features should not be left out of the selling strategy. Attendees will learn about the aftermarket safety features they should be selling and how to install iBEAM’s newest products. This session will go over the hot-button selling points and features that consumers are asking for plus installation tips to give installers a better understanding of what is involved in an upgrade.

“The Future of Mobile Electronics Education with Installer Institute” on Sunday, June 27 at 9:15 AM

There are some things best learned with hands-on training. Mobile electronics education is one of them. Attendees of this session will learn how Installer Institute has adapted its curriculum to include courses designed to give students practical training for car audio installations plus additional skills for home theater integration, marine audio, upholstery, security, remote start installation, window tinting and more. For shops looking for trained, MECP and MESA certified installers, this session will show them how to connect with ii graduates through the online career portal and also explain what they can expect an ii graduate to have learned.

“Advanced Integration Made Easy with Axxess and Metra” on Sunday, June 27 at 10:30 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-JL1 integration kit for Jeep Wrangler, 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 #1007 from June 25th-27th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Additional information about the show, produced by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), is available at KnowledgeFest.org.

Visit metraonline.com for more.

Metra Electronics Ships New iBEAM Replacement Camera for Jeep Gladiator

HOLLY HILL, FL (05.27.2021) – iBEAM Vehicle Safety Systems by Metra Electronics has just released a new replacement camera designed for 2020-up* Jeep Gladiator JT models. When replacing the radio on these vehicles, the factory LVDS backup camera presents a challenge for aftermarket screens and can be expensive to retain using an interface. iBEAM’s JP-JTKT camera replaces the factory camera to provide an affordable solution that allows the driver to see their backup video on a compatible aftermarket screen when in reverse. This new solution adds to Metra’s growing product line of aftermarket Jeep accessories.

The JP-JTKT has an RCA output for aftermarket radios or monitors with selectable parking lines and a 160-degree viewing angle. Two different types of camera mounting brackets are available to cover models equipped with either a standard backup camera or models equipped with surround or 360 systems. (Surround or 360 systems are not retained with this kit.)

To help with installation, the camera comes with detailed instructions and Metra also has an installation video at https://youtu.be/NLXRKsRFArM (See video below).

The JP-JTKT is available now and will be included in Metra’s Jeep accessories and iBEAM training sessions at KnowledgeFest in Orlando.


Product Specifications

  • Direct OE replacement camera for 2020-up* Jeep Gladiator JT
  • Resolution: 550 TV lines
  • Field of view: 160 degrees horizontal, 185 degrees diagonal
  • Rated IP68
  • High-performance power circuit
  • Camera extension cable included (26ft length)
  • Two types of ABS mounting brackets included
  • Does not retain the 360 surround view system in vehicles with this option

*See iBEAMusa.com for up-to-date, vehicle specific information.

Metra Electronics Shipping New TurboTouch Dash Kit for 2016-2021 Honda Civics

HOLLY HILL, FL (05.12.2021) – Metra Electronicsis now shipping a new dash kit for 2016-2021 Honda Civic models (excluding the LX). The new 99-7821B TurboTouch dash kit has a built-in 4.3-inch touchscreen and integrated electronics to retain most of the features normally lost when replacing the factory radio. The color touchscreen and hard buttons are located below the head unit and the screen shows climate and personalization settings, adding a high-tech look and feel to the dashboard. The backlit hard buttons can be customized with 250 different color options.

Metra’s newest dash kit fits either a Single-DIN or Double-DIN radio provision and makes stereo installation easier for Honda Civic upgrades. It comes with several of the items installers need to help retain safety and convenience features and is Micro “B” USB updatable. The included wiring harness and interface allow the OE Honda LaneWatch camera to keep working, ensures that the factory backup camera will work on the new screen, and retains the use of the audio control buttons on the steering wheel.

An antenna adapter is also included to allow AM/FM radio stations to work on the aftermarket radio. If the vehicle has a factory amplifier that needs to be retained, the Axxess AXSP-HN, sold separately, should be purchased. (To know whether or not this applies to the vehicle, installers can check to see if it has the factory subwoofer or center channel speakers.) The 99-7821B dash kit is painted scratch-resistant matte black to match the original look and feel of the vehicle’s dashboard and is in stock now.

A video with installation tips that also shows the touchscreen functionality can be seen above or at this link: https://youtu.be/hXlybf4OASE.

Visit MetraOnline.com for additional details and technical information.