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.

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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

Click here to view a video of the NQ721BE.

Nakamichi Car Audio Appoints Elite Sales & Marketing for Michigan

MIAMI, FL (04.09.2020) – Diplomat Trading, exclusive U.S. agent for Nakamichi Car Audio, has announced the appointment of Elite Sales Marketing as the new Michigan sales representative. Elite will take over the state of Michigan from Audex Marketing and the retiring Bill Barron. 

“Bill did a great job sowing the seeds and launching the Michigan market to let everyone know that ‘Nak is back’ in the USA,” commented Robin McNeal, Nakamichi Car Audio National Sales Manager. “And now we are looking forward to continued growth with Neal.” 

Neal Batson – Rep Principal of Elite Sales & Marketing

Neal Batson is the rep principal of Elite Sales & Marketing and has covered the Michigan territory representing 12V manufacturers for over 18 years.

“Over the years Neal has built great relations with dealers throughout Michigan and the Motor City and we are pleased to have him as part of our nationwide rep force,” said McNeal.

Dealers interested in finding out more about Nakamichi can contact Neal Batson at (248) 765-9717 or nealtherep@gmail.com

For more information about Nakamichi Car Audio, visit their global website at www.nakamichicaraudio.com

Nakamichi Gets in Front of Dealers at Long Beach KnowledgeFest

LONG BEACH, CA (02.13.2020) – Nakamichi Car Audio made the most of its first appearance at Knowledgefest this past weekend by talking to dealers from California plus bordering Western States and making a case for carrying the relaunched line.

Local reps Jerry Zemming (Sound Sales & Marketing) and Scott Schmidt (Cardoza & Company) showing the Nakamichi line up to interested California dealers.

Present at the Long Beach show were California reps Sound Sales & Marketing (So Cal) and Cardoza & Company (No Cal). Both were on hand to take dealers through the range of new products and discuss the Nakamichi brand philosophy and profit potential.

Dealers saw the production unit first hand.

Of particular interest was the new 2020 single DIN mechless (no CD) model NQ-721BE. This new short chassis addition features RGB multi color 2-line VA (Vertical Alignment) display, 10-band EQ, 2 phone connection for Bluetooth pairing, Nak Control APP smart phone compatibility for iOS and Android along with 4-volt front and rear line outputs. The NQ-721BE has a MSRP of $89.95 and is ready to ship this month.

Robin McNeal-Nakamichi National Sales Manager and Orestes Ordaz-Diplomat Trading Sales Manager host a dinner with staffs from Sound Sales & Marketing and Cardoza & Company.

Friday night exclusive U.S. agent for Nakamichi, Diplomat Trading, hosted an appreciation meal at a nearby steakhouse for the local reps that helped work the Long Beach show. In attendance for dinner were Jerry Zemming—Sound Sales & Marketing and the crew from Cardoza & Company—Mark Cardoza, Scott Schmidt and Micah Boren.

“We were very happy with the quality of the dealers we saw in Long Beach,” stated Robin McNeal—National Sales Manager for Nakamichi, “and are looking forward to even a bigger turnout in Indianapolis next month.”

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Nakamichi Announces Appointments of Domestic Rep Firms

MIAMI, FL (01.27.2020) – Following a very busy CES, Nakamichi Car Audio has forged some new domestic partnerships.  Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager, reported the company had an excellent showing.  “From the start of our National Sales Meeting on Monday through the show’s end on Friday afternoon, the 2020 CES was very successful for Nakamichi.”

Nakamichi showcased a number of new items slated for delivery early this year including a couple of 9-inch and 10.1-inch touch screen AV receivers with floating screens.

Robin McNeal, Nakamichi National Sales Manager, pictured in the CES North Hall booth holding the new attention grabbing NA3605M9 receiver featuring 9-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Excitement around the Nakamichi relaunch continued as several new appointments were made for manufacturer representatives in key territories.  “Our sales force has really come together nicely with a  great group of manufacturers reps”, stated McNeal.

New Nakamichi reps include:

End Result (covering Ohio, West Virginia and Eastern Pennsylvania)

Contact: Ed Dalesandro ed@endesultonline.com or End Result’s office at (724) 260-0179

Foresight Industries Sales (covering Hawaii)

Contact: Edric Taira 808fsi@gmail.com

Vision Motorsports Marketing (covering Indiana and Kentucky)

Contact: Jef Fry jeffry@msn.com

Additionally, M.C. Marketing  has been awarded an expanded territory beyond the traditional Southeast states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Carolinas to now include Florida.  Contact: Michael Colundjia mcmarkets@att.net

In other news Angel Distributing is officially on board to assist dealers in Alabama, Mississippi, Western Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle.  Nakamichi will be present for the annual Angel Distributing Dealer Appreciation Show on Sunday, February 9th at the companies Birmingham facility.  For more information contact Chad Seekers, Angel’s General Manager at (205) 988-2006.

For additional information visit the Nakamichi global website at www.nakamichicaraudio.com or contact Robin McNeal at robin@usa-nakamichi.com

Nakamichi Car Audio Kicked Off CES with National Sales Meeting

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.13.2020) – In the shadows of the new Las Vegas Raiders football stadium, Nakamichi held a National Sales Meeting on Monday afternoon, January 6 at the Marriott Courtyard Las Vegas South.

The meeting was opened with introductions provided by Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager for Nakamichi Car Audio. A keynote speech was given by current Nakamichi Japan President and former Pioneer USA President Kiyokazu Igarashi. Igarashi-san joined the company in May of last year and said he was humbled to head such a storied brand. He urged the reps to give their input and let him know what type of products were needed to ensure the brand’s success.

David Bradman (in the foreground) Diplomat Trading President, addressing the reps during the national sales meeting.

David Bradman, President of Diplomat Trading—the exclusive agent for Nakamichi Car Audio in the U.S. welcomed all the reps and thanked them for making the trip to Las Vegas. David shared some of his company’s past 40+ year history and his enthusiasm for the Nakamichi brand. From there a new product presentation was hosted by Sheamson Yeo, World Wide Sales Manager for Nakamichi Car Audio.

Sheamson Yeo, World Wide Nakamichi Car Audio Sales Manager, during his presentation to the representatives at the national sales meeting.

Other topics discussed were commission structures, MAP enforcement and product show specials.

McNeal and Bradman would like to recognize the rep groups that were able to make the trip to CES along with the huge investment of time and money required attend the show. Rep firms attending the meeting included

Gemini Advantage Marketing (NY/NJ)
M.C. Marketing (Southeast)
Encore (Mid Atlantic)
Cardoza and Company (No Calif and No NV)
Sound Sales and Marketing (So Calif)
Arrowhead Marketing (Dakotas and MN)
Advanced Marketing (Pac NW)
Discovery On-Mark (Rocky Mtn and AZ/NM)
Mielenz Sales (Illinois)
Foresight Marketing (Hawaii)

During Day 1 of the show Nakamichi had its 2021 CES booth selection and is pleased to announce that the company will return to Vegas next January to exhibit in the new West Hall which is currently under construction.

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Nakamichi Car Audio Readies for CES 2020 in the North Hall

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.02.2019) – Nakamichi Car Audio is in full show mode as it readies for CES 2020 in Las Vegas next week. The numerous CES booth crates have arrived and booth construction is already under way!

Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager, pictured with crates in the North Hall booth as setup is under way.

Kiyokazu Igarashi, President of Nakamichi Japan and Sheamson Yeo, World Wide Sales Manager for Nakamichi Car Audio, are flying in to attend the show and the Nakamichi National Sales meeting taking place on Monday, January 6. The meeting will focus on the new products that Nakamichi will bring to market in 2020.

Nakamichi will be unveiling a host of new products January 7-10 in the North Hall during CES. Among them is a single DIN DSP USB receiver with built-in 25-band EQ that features Nakamichi’s wireless APP Control that allows the radio to be controlled by your smartphone via Bluetooth. APP Control is compatible with Apple and Android phones. Some of the other new products include single DIN 9-inch and 10.1-inch floating screen media receivers. Both models work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

For CES Nakamichi has partnered with Moke America to provide a couple of unique demo vehicles. The Moke’s are a 21st century green-friendly electric vehicle based on the British classic originally manufactured in the 1960’s.

Be sure to visit the Nakamichi booth #3621 LVCC North Hall for full details and to see all the exciting new products.

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