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.”

Visit nakamichicaraudio.com for more.

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.

Visit nakamichi-usa.com for more.

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.

Visit www.nakamichicaraudio.com for more.

Petra and Nakamichi Partner to Distribute High-End 12-Volt Products

EDMOND, OK (12.09.2019) – Petra Industries has announced their new partnership with the Nakamichi Car Audio line of premium car audio products.

LEFT: Master cartons of Nakamichi Car Audio products on pallets.
RIGHT: Nakamichi Car Audio speakers on shelves in the Petra warehouse ready to ship.

Nakamichi is a Japanese consumer electronics brand that first built its reputation for excellence with its high-quality and innovative audio cassette and reel-to-reel tape decks. In later years, Nakamichi provided OEM car audio components for high-end luxury cars as well as sold top-quality head units for aftermarket sales. After years of absence, Nakamichi Car Audio is now returning to the U.S. market.

“Nakamichi has a reputation for high-quality products,” said Tate Morgan, Petra President. “We are excited to be partnering with Nakamichi as they return to the United States car audio market, and we are confident Nakamichi will quickly re-establish themselves as a premium brand. Nakamichi is an excellent addition to the Petra lineup of quality 12-volt products, and we are especially pleased to be one of their select distributors.”

“We are pleased to welcome Petra as one of our select regional Nakamichi distributors,” stated Robin McNeal, Nakamichi Car Audio National Sales Manager.

Be sure to see Nakamichi at the CES 2020 booth 3621 North Hall LVCC.

Petra carries over two dozen Nakamichi products, including DVD, CD, and mechless car receivers, subwoofers, amps, car speakers, car cameras, and dash cams. There are also several system packages of single-DIN receivers and speakers.

To learn more about Nakamichi Car Audio products, visit order.petra.com

Nakamichi Announces Successful SEMA Showing

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.15.2019) – Nakamichi Car Audio has announced a successful showing a the recently completed SEMA Show held November 5-8 in Las Vegas, NV.

L to R: Guillermo Mendez, Diplomat Trading; Kiyokazu Igarashi, President Nakamichi Japan; Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager-Nakamichi Car Audio; and Sheamson Yeo, Nakamichi Director of Worldwide Sales.

Earlier this year Nakamichi Car Audio announced a return to the U.S Market through an exclusive agent, Diplomat Trading. More recently, Diplomat appointed Robin McNeal as the National Sales Manager for the U.S. Domestic Market. “Last week’s SEMA Show was the first time many of the reps and potential customers has seen the Nakamichi products in person,” noted McNeal.

Hot items included the Nakamichi NA3605 double DIN multi-media player that contains both Android Auto and Apple Car Play, NDS6120 stand-alone Digital Signal Processor and ND790 car DVR 7-inch rear view mirror monitor.

NA3605 Double DIN Touch Screen
6.8-inch capacitive screen
Android Auto voice control for Google maps
Apple CarPlay with Siri for real time directions
HD DVD media player
High power 4x50W
MSRP: $469.95

NDS6120 Stand-alone Digital Signal Processor
6-in/12-out
31-band parametric EQ
Optional Bluetooth module
Optional wired controller with 2-inch OLED screen
MSRP: $659.95

ND790 Rear View Mirror Monitor
7-inch touch screen with intuitive interface
Front and rear cameras
1080P resolution
Starlight Night Vision
MSRP: $219.95

“We had a very busy booth for 4-days and now we begin with post show follow-up,” McNeal said. “In just over 60 days we will be right back here in the North Hall for CES.”

Visit www.nakamichicaraudio.com for more.

Nakamichi Debuts DSP at SEMA 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.04.2019) – Nakamichi Car Audio will unveil a stand alone DSP unit during next week’s SEMA tradeshow in Las Vegas. The NDS6120 is a 12-channel processor with state-of-the-art DSP technology sure to raise the bar in car audio. The one-piece extruded aluminum chassis houses the Texas Instruments DSP chipset and other premium quality components on a double sided 4-layer PCB.

Robin McNeal, Nakamichi National Sales Manager, is pictured with the new Nakamichi NDS6120 DSP during booth setup at SEMA 2019.

All functions including an individually configurable input and output assignment, high level mix, parametric 31-band EQ, time delay correction and filter settings can be set optimally via personal computer or smartphone with Nakamichi APP.

The NDS6120 also allows you to connect the optional Bluetooth plug-in outboard module for audio streaming. An optional wired remote controller (AC2) may be added to control basic functions once the system has been dialed in using Nakamichi’s proprietary software download.

12-Channel DSP with PC/APP Control Features

6 x High Level Inputs (switchable to Low Level)
12 x RCA Outputs
1 x Toslink Fiber Optic Input
Dual 32bit, 330 MIPS DSP technology controllable via PC software or APP
External Bluetooth USB-module for audio streaming and smartphone set up (optional NDS10B)
Digital remote control with OLED display for controlling select DP functions (optional AC2)

Be sure to visit Nakamichi at booth #11632 North Hall during the 2019 SEMA Show for this and more premium car audio products.

Visit nakamichicaraudio.com for more.