Nakamichi Presents Awards at Annual Rep Meeting

LAS VEGAS, NV(11.11.2021) – Nakamichi used the setting of the 2021 SEMA Show to hold an annual manufactures rep meeting after skipping a year due to travel restrictions.  The meeting consisted of a dinner at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, a recap of current and new products, sales outlook and the presentation of several rep awards.

Robin McNeal conducting the introductions portion of the rep sales meeting at the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company.

Plaques were presented to the following rep firms:

Rep of the Year: Advanced Marketing

Rookie Rep of the Year: Rock-N-Rev Sales

Trailblazer Award: Alan Wojtas Associates

Rep of the Year, Bruce Gilsdorf-Advanced Marketing (R) and Trailblazer Award winner Alan Wojtas-Alan Wojtas Associates flank Nakamichi National Sales Manager Robin McNeal with their awards.

The meeting was conducted by Nakamichi National Sales Manager, Robin McNeal and Diplomat Trading Sales Manager Orestes Ordaz (Diplomat serves as Nakamichi’s exclusive agent for the USA, Caribbean, Central and Latin America). In all ten rep groups were present including:

Advanced Marketing- Bruce Gilsdorf

Alan Wojtas Associates- Alan Wojtas

Arrowhead Marketing- Doug Hoaglund

Discovery On Mark Group-Kevin Klockner

Following dinner the reps participated in a roundtable discussion about what is needed for 2022.

Encore Sales- Kenny Giba and Tom Scuderi

End Result- Rusty North

Foresight Industries- Edric Taira

MC Marketing – Michael Colundjia

Mielenz Sales- Bill Mielenz

Sound Sales & Marketing -Jerry Zemming

Jeff Budin-Rock-N-Rev Sales & Marketing earned the Rookie Rep of the Year and was also The Top New Sales Producer.

The Monday night meeting kicked off for what turned out to be a very successful showing for Nakamichi during SEMA week.  The company had quality meetings with both existing and prospective customers.

“We were extremely pleased with the show and the number of people we met with,” stated Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager for Nakamichi Car Audio.  “It was great to meet face to face again with so many industry friends.”

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Nakamichi Shipping New 2022 Head Units in Advance of SEMA Show

MIAMI, FL (02.18.2021) – Nakamichi released three new head units this month just weeks ahead of the 2021 SEMA Show. The three models include one Double DIN with CarPlay and Android Auto along with two single DIN units.

Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager for Nakamichi car stated the following, “I am pleased to announce that we are shipping 2022 models ahead of schedule.  With all the delays the CE industry has experienced over the last year-plus it is really great to be able to offer 2022 models in October.”

Robin McNeal

The NAM3510-M7 is a 7” TFT mechless Double DIN receiver with wired CarPlay/Android Auto.

Key features Include:

  • 1080P HD video playback
  • Dual USB ports
  • Front panel Micro SD card port
  • Rear Camera RCA input
  • Two RCA video outputs
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • 16-band EQ
  • Time Alignment
  • SWC (Steering Wheel Control) compatible (adapter required)
  • Short chassis with sleeve
  • Includes IR remote control
  • MSRP: $399.95

The NQ821B is a single DIN CD receiver using Nakamichi’ s popular new 2-line 12 bit VA LCD display.

Key features include:

  • Multi-color (custom choice) readout and buttons
  • Built-in Bluetooth for hands free-calls and music streaming
  • Front panel USB and 3.5mm input ports
  • Detachable front panel
  • Three sets RCA outputs (front, rear and sub)
  • Downloadable APP Control for IOS and Android phones
  • 10-band EQ
  • SWC (Steering Wheel Control) compatible (adapter required)
  • Maximum output power is 50W x 4
  • MSRP: $134.95

The NQ921B is the same as the NQ821B except it can play DVD’s as well as CD’s and has an RCA video output. MSRP is $154.95.

These plus other new models will be on display in the Nakamichi booth 12465 North Hall during the SEMA Show November 2-5, 2021.

“We will be showcasing several other new items at SEMA”, commented McNeal, “be sure to stop by our North Hall booth in the LVCC.”

For more information visit www.nakaichicaraudio.com

Nakamichi Adds Full Range Class-D Models to Mini Amplifier Series

MIAMI, FL (07.26.2021) – Nakamichi is pleased to announce the addition of two new models to its Mini Series mobile electronics amplifiers. The NHMD100.4 and NHMD600.1 are 4-channel and 1-channel mono offerings designed using the latest Full Range Class D topography. As a result, these amplifiers offer a small footprint but are still capable of delivering big power output.

The high-density extruded aluminum heat sink measures just under 2-inches tall.

While diminutive in size, these new models don’t sacrifice features or flexibility. Both have high and low level inputs as well as pass-thru low level line outputs. Other features including variable electronic crossovers and selectable filters are located under the top mounted removable cover. Each come packaged with a wired remote gain controller.

NHMD600.1 Mini Series mono amplifier

NHMD600.1 MONO AMPLIFIER (600 Watts)

Rated Power: 600W x 1 into 2-ohms or 400W x 1 into 4-ohms

Size: 7.75L x 4.75W x 1.875H-inches

Suggested Retail $299.95

NHMD600.1 with top cover removed exposing the preamp controls.

Controls under the cover include:

Variable Input Gain (0.32-6.5V)
Selectable Full Range or Sub (30-250hz)
Variable Low Pass (30-250Hz)
Variable Sub Sonic Filter (15-60Hz)
Variable Phase (0-180-degress)
Variable Bass Boost (0-12dB)

NHMD600.1 mono (top) alongside NHMD400.1 four channel Mini Series amplifiers.

NHMD100.4 4-CHANNEL AMPLIFIER (500 Watts)

Rated Power: 125W x 4 into 2-ohms or 100 x 4 into 4-ohms

Size: 8.75L x 4.75W x 1.875H-inches

Suggested Retail $359.95

Controls under the cover include:

Separate Front and Rear Variable Gain (0.15-8V)
Front Selectable High Pass Filter or Full Range
Front Variable High Pass (50-500Hz or 500-5KHz)
Rear Selectable High Pass Filter, Low Pass Filter or Full Range
Rear Variable High Pass (15-500Hz)
Rear Variable Low Pass (50-500Hz or 500-5KHz)
Rear Variable Bass Boost (0-12dB)

These two models bring a total of four Mini Series amplifiers now offered by Nakamichi. All are in stock for immediate shipment.

For additional information visit www.nakamichicaraudio.com or contact Robin McNeal (National Sales Manager) at robin@usa-nakamichi.com

Nakamichi Receives Seven Entries in Annual Car Audio Buyers Guide

MIAMI, FL (03.25.2021) – The 11th Annual PASMAG Car Audio & Technology issue hit the streets earlier this month. The issue includes individual Buyers Guides for five car electronics categories.

In the coveted head unit category, models were featured from Alpine, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Nakamichi, Pioneer and Sony.

“We are very pleased to be included with such good company”, stated Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager, for Nakamichi. Continuing McNeal commented, “Since Nakamichi’s U.S. relaunch in 2019 the brand has been carefully building a network of traditional 12volt retailers and distributors. One of the cornerstones fueling the successful relaunch is the enforcement of the brand’s MAP program.”

PASMAG is the only major consumer magazine that is focused on both mobile electronics and performance products. The print edition is distributed throughout the USA and Canada and publication can be viewed digitally as well.

For more information visit PASMAG.com or NakamichiCarAudio.com

Nakamichi received 7 entries in the PASMAG 2021 Car Audio & Technology Buyers Guide

  • NA3605-Double DIN CarPlay Receiver
  • NQ721BE-DIN Digital Media Receiver
  • NQ911B-DIN DVD Receiver
  • N60t-Audiophile Six Channel Tube Amplifier
  • NGXA120.4-Four Channel A/B Amplifier
  • NDS6120-Digital Signal Processor
  • NS6Q3-Audiophile Component System

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Nakamichi Airs in More Head Units to Meet Demand

MIAMI, FL (12.14.2020) – Last Thursday, three more pallets of Nakamichi CarPlay head units arrived at Diplomat Trading in Miami. Several times now Diplomat, the exclusive U.S. agent for Nakamichi, has aired in head units to try and keep up with demand.

“Our two CarPlay/Android Auto pieces continue to sell extremely well”, commented Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager for Nakamichi Car Audio. “We are fortunate that we have a good working relationship with Nakamichi Asia to help offset some of the transportation costs. We are also fortunate that Diplomat has the resources to continue to invest in the brand and allow us to grow our business in the States”.

Nakamichi CarPlay head units arriving by plane.

McNeal and Diplomat have been working closely with the factory to forecast business and future growth. “It has been crazy, just when you think have a handle on product supply something unexpected pops up,” stated McNeal.

Currently, demand still exceeds supply as Nakamichi Car Audio continues to make inroads in the U.S. market resulting in a surge of popular models.

For more information visit www.nakamichicaraudio.com

Nakamichi’s New CarPlay/Android Auto Gets Rave Review from Rock-N-Rev Sales

PAPILLION, NE (10.05.2020) – Nakamichi Car Audio is excited to announce the hiring of its latest rep firm ROCK-N-REV SALES in the Midwest Territory. (MINKS)

RNR owner Jeff (Boody) Budin has been a staple part of the 12-Volt community for over 25 years and his new rep firm has been setting record sales numbers.

Jeff Budin is ready to install the Nakamichi NA6605 in his Rock-N-Rev Tundra. 

When asked his thoughts on the new Nakamichi NA6605 CarPlay / Android Auto piece this was Jeff’s review:

“I couldn’t think of a better way to try the unit out than installing it in my own truck,” stated Budin. “I was impressed that a value product like this was offering Android Auto! It also has 2 USB ports which is kinda cool and you’re even able to retain steering wheel control for its low price point. If the whole line checks out anything like this then dealers got a home run. TWO THUMBS UP!”

The responsiveness of the 6.8-inch screen is impressive.

“We want to welcome Jeff to our rep network,” stated Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager for Nakamichi Car Audio. “He is off to a great start and has hit the ground running.”

ROCK-N-REV SALES & MARKETING covers the states of NE, IA, KS, MO and Southern Illinois

Contact Jeff Budin for Dealer Pricing Programs at rocknrevsales@gmail.com

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Nakamichi Airs in New 2021 CarPlay Model

MIAMI, FL (09.14.2020) – Amidst all the industry shortages, Nakamichi Car Audio has taken a proactive measure to assist its dealers and bring in nearly 1,000 units of a 2021 model release by air freight. The new CarPlay/Android Auto DVD receivers showed up late Friday at Diplomat Trading in Miami, the country’s exclusive agent for Nakamichi Car Audio.

“This was a bold move on behalf of Diplomat”, stated Robin McNeal National Sales Manager for Nakamichi Car Audio, “With air freight surcharges as high as 300% Diplomat and Nakamichi had the foresight and the financial means to make this happen at a time when everyone is starved for product.”

The NA6605 is a double DIN DVR receiver with a 6.8-inch capacitive touch screen that includes 4V preamp output, front and rear USB inputs, dual camera inputs and dual video outputs.

In addition, two full containers of Nakamichi head units, woofers and amplifiers are scheduled to arrive this week.

“With a MAP of $499.95 we are able to offer dealers a recognized Japanese name brand CarPlay DVD receiver that they can make full margin.”

Robin McNeal can be reached directly at (702) 558-4447 or email him at robin@usa-nakamichi.com

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Nakamichi Car Audio Adds Clifton Brown as Technical Support Coordinator

MIAMI, FL (09.09.2020) – In response to growing U.S. sales Nakamichi Car Audio created a new position to head up technical support. Industry veteran Clifton Brown has been hired to coordinate technical support for the company. Diplomat Trading President David Bradman hired Mr. Brown and Robin McNeal, Nakamichi Car Audio National Sales Manager, made the announcement to the company’s sales reps last week.

“Clifton brings with him a wide range of 12-volt experience from retail installation to factory support,” stated Robin McNeal. “I have known Clifton for a number of years, and he is a great addition to our team.”

Clifton Brown, Technical Support Coordinator

“I’m pleased to be a part of Nakamichi Car Audio and work with Robin McNeal,” stated Clifton, “I also look forward to building the brand reputation as we navigate this new normal.”

Nakamichi Tech Support can be reached 10am to 7 pm ET (7am to 4pm PT) toll free at (800) 426-9225. Tech emails should be addressed to nakamichitech@diplomat1.com

Most recently Brown worked collaboratively over 10 years with PAC and AAMP of America. 

Diplomat Trading serves as the exclusive agent for Nakamichi Car Audio in the United States. Earlier this month McNeal celebrated his one-year anniversary as National Sales Manager for the brand.

Visit www.nakamichicaraudio.com for more.

Nakamichi Ships New Tube Amplifiers

MIAMI, FL (07.13.2020) – Nakamichi USA announced it is shipping two models of tube-driven, multi-channel car audio amplifiers to the North American market. The N60t and N40t comprise the brand’s premium amplifier line and feature the legendary sound-enhancing characteristics of tube valve technology.

First introduced in 1906, tube amplifiers gained prominence in the early to mid-1900s due to their simplicity of design and scalability for different applications. In the 1960s they took their storied place in the audio industry, becoming known for their tone and perceived “warmth” of sound. Their use declined in the 70s with the emergence of the smaller, less-power-hungry transistor, but tube amplifiers remain a niche favorite today among audiophiles, professional musicians and recording studios.

The six-channel, Class AB N60t offers 100 watts RMS from each of its six channels at four ohms. The channel pairs can be bridged to produce 300 watts through three channels or can be loaded to output 150 watts through six channels at two ohms. Inputs accommodate four channels of high-level speaker outputs from the radio or up six channels at line level. The four-channel N40t adds 50 watts per channel at four ohms (150Wx4 RMS) and 75 watts per channel at two ohms (225Wx2 RMS). It can be bridged and loaded to one ohm, producing 450 watts from each of two channels.

Both models utilize one 12AX7 vacuum tube per set of inputs in the preamplifier section. Designed in 1946, the 12AX7 is still used in guitar amplifiers to enrich and “fatten” their tone. The amplifier casings feature a transparent cover to showcase the tubes and internal components, and each kit includes all mounting accessories plus a pair of gloves to safely handle the tubes.

“Since 1948 the Nakamichi brand has been synonymous with no-compromise audio reproduction, and this is a characteristic we’ve sought to emphasize in the car audio segment,” said Robin McNeal, national sales manager for Nakamichi USA Car Audio. “The N40t and N60t feature the power to be the centerpiece of a custom high-end audio system, and the flexibility to integrate into factory installed, premium audio systems. We designed them to cater to drivers who want to bring the musicality and tone of their tube-driven home audio experiences with them on the road.”

MSRPs are $1,799.95 for the N60t and $1,599.99 for the N40t. For more information on the amplifiers, visit nakamichicaraudio.com. To place an order or become a Nakamichi dealer or territorial representative, contact Robin McNeal at (702) 558-4447.

Nakamichi Celebrates 1-Year Return to U.S. Market

MIAMI, FL (07.07.2020) – Last month marked the one-year anniversary of Nakamichi Car Audio’s return to the U.S. It was June 2019 that Diplomat Trading, the exclusive agent for Nakamichi, reintroduced the car audio brand domestically.

NQ721BE: New mechless single DIN with 10-band EQ carries a MAP of $69.95.

The first half of the year finished strong for Nakamichi having processed more dealer applications in June then the prior 5 months of 2020.

Currently all head units are available. The brand’s much anticipated two new audiophile vacuum tube amplifiers are in stock and shipping. Nakamichi continues to process orders at a 90% fill rate.

NA3605: 2DIN DVD CarPlay / Android Auto with a MAP of $299.95.

“We have been working closely forecasting with Asia to keep the shelves full”, commented Nakamichi National Sales Manager Robin McNeal.  “Like many brands we are experiencing delays in new products, so the challenge is to have enough of the current product to bridge the gap.”  McNeal joined the relaunch last September. 

Nakamichi Car Audio is represented nationwide through an independent rep network.

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“We had a great SEMA and fantastic CES that allowed us to connect with many dealers and reps who were longtime Nak fans”, stated McNeal, ”Since then it has been off to the races!”

Established in 1948 the Japanese brand is known worldwide for its innovations in car and home audio equipment.

For additional information visit the Nakamichi global website at www.nakamichicaraudio.com or contact Nakamichi’ s National Sales Manager robin@usa-nakamichi.com

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