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Auburn Hills, Mich. (Jan. 19, 2023) – Alps Alpine North America, Inc. (“Alpine”) is now shipping R-Series Shallow Subwoofers available in 12” or 10” raw or enclosed versions. The ultra-shallow subwoofers deliver the same “Loud and Fun” performance synonymous with Alpine’s R-Series Line, now in a shallow subwoofer designed to fit in most vehicle applications.

Ultra-Shallow Design

The R-Series Shallow Subwoofers offer a 12” or 10” High-Performance Shallow Bass Driver that’s available in both a 4Ω (RS-W12D4, RS-W10D4) or 2Ω (RS-W12D2, RS-W10D2) dual voice coil (DVC) version.

With an ultra-shallow subwoofer design and powerful sound output, the R-Series Shallow Subwoofers provide the best of both worlds in size and sound. Even with a mounting depth of 3.25”, the shallow subwoofers still provide the same cone movement (20mm of linear excursion) as the full-size R-Series Subwoofers, for extreme low-end in a shallow woofer design.

At the heart of the subwoofer is an oversized, USA-manufactured 4” voice coil that is controlled by a powerful neodymium magnet and provides an impressive 600W RMS / 1800W of power handling. Exclusive to Alpine is the Gen2 DD-Linear Magnetic Circuit technology, a compact and efficient dual-gap voice coil structure that allows for better control over the motor, resulting in lower distortion and precise bass control.

Cosmetic design features like a lightweight allow the cone to stay cooler for enhanced reliability with minimal distortion for a deep, up-front bass kick. The die-cast aluminum frame provides rigid and sturdy construction with integrated heat sync fins to wick heat from the coil for uninterrupted performance.

For extra protection, an optional Shallow Subwoofer Grille Kit is available in 12” (KTE-RS12G) and 10” (KTE-RS10G) version (sold separately).

Bigger Bass in Less Space

The R-Series Shallow Subwoofers are also offered in a 12” or 10” Sealed Preloaded Enclosure for those looking for a complete subwoofer application. Measuring a minimal 5.25” in depth without mounting feet, the enclosures are the ideal application for vehicles that lack bass and space.

Intentional designs like rubber modular “feet” allow the enclosure to be adjusted in height to accommodate uneven vehicle floors. The feet can also be configured for an upfire or downfire configuration where a pre-installed mesh grille provides a clean finish and extra protection for the speaker cone. The rear panel exposed motor radiates heat from the inside of the subwoofer to the outside of the box for enhanced thermal reliability.

The R-Series Raw Subwoofers are available now in a 12” (RS-W12D4, RS-W12D2) for $649.95 and 10” (RS-W10D4, RS-W10D2) for $599.95. Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosures are also available in a 12” (RS-SB12) for $799.95 and 10” (RS-SB10) for $749.95. Optional Grille Kits are offered in a 12” (KTE-RS12G) and 10” (KTE-RS10G) option for $29.95. All models can be purchased at Alpine Authorized retailerd Preferred Online Stores. Please check the store locator on www.alpine-usa.comfor details.

Features:

RS-W12D4/RS-W12D2 12” R-Series Shallow Subwoofer

  • 12” High-Performance Shallow Bass Driver  
  • 600W RMS / 1800W Peak Power Handling
  • Alpine Gen2 DD Linear Magnetic Circuit   
  • Cast Aluminum Frame  
  • Aluminum Dust Cap  
  • Neodymium Magnet  
  • Mounting Depth: 3.25” (82.55mm) 
  • X-Max: 20mm  
  • Voice Coil: 4”(102mm) 
  • Frequency response: 26Hz – 200Hz  
  • Sensitivity (1W/1M): 82bB  
  • Dual Voice Coil: 4Ω (4+4 for RS-W12D4) or 2Ω (2+2 for RS-W12D2)
  • Compatible with KTE-RS12G Subwoofer Grille Kit (sold separately)   

RS-W10D4/RS-W10D2 10” R-Series Shallow Subwoofer

Same as above with:

  • 10” High-Performance Shallow Bass Driver  
  • Frequency response: 29Hz – 200Hz  
  • Sensitivity (1W/1M): 79bB  
  • Nominal Impedance: 2Ω (4+4 for RS-W10D4) or 4Ω (2+2 for RS-W10D2)

RS-SB12 12” R-Series Shallow Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosure

  • Preloaded 12” R-Series Shallow Subwoofer (RS-W12D4)
  • 600W RMS / 1800W Peak Power Handling
  • Optimally sized sealed cabinet
  • Alpine Gen2 DD Linear Magnetic Circuit   
  • Aluminum Dust Cap 
  • Neodymium Magnet    
  • Voice Coil: 4”(102mm) 
  • Pre-installed steel mesh grille  
  • Rubber, modular stackable foot design 
  • Dimensions: 26.5” W x 5.25” H x 16” D 
  • Frequency response: 26Hz – 200Hz  
  • Sensitivity (1W/1M): 79bB  
  • Nominal Impedance: 2Ω  
  • Dual 4Ω voice coils wired in parallel for a 2Ω load
  • Compatible with S2-A60M or R2-A75M Mono Amplifiers or HDA-V90 5 Channel

RS-SB10 10” R-Series Shallow Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosure

Same as above with:

  • Preloaded 10” R-Series Shallow Subwoofer (RS-W10D4)
  • Dimensions: 21.5” W x 5.25” H x 16” D 

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of electronic components and automotive infotainment systems, has brought the world numerous “First 1” and “Number 1” products since its founding in 1948. The Alps Alpine Group currently operates 110 bases in 26 countries and regions, supplying roughly 40,000 different products and solutions to around 2,000 companies worldwide. Those offerings include devices such as switches, sensors, data communication modules, touch input panels, actuators and power inductors; electronic shifters, remote keyless entry systems and other automotive units; consumer electronics like car navigation and audio-visual systems; and systems and services such as digital keys based on smartphone app and blockchain technology, and remote monitoring.

Directechs.com Now Supports Authorized Dealers In Multiple Languages

ORLANDO, FL. – January 24, 2023 – VOXX•DEI LLC a wholly-owned subsidiary VOXX Electronics Corporation (VEC), announced that they have rolled out a new feature for their Directechs.com technical support chat system that automatically translates multiple foreign languages.

“Supporting our dealers goes farther than just picking up the phone, we feel it is important to support them in their native language, especially when they are dealing with highly technical product,” said Ed Catapano, Service Group Vice President, VOXX Electronics Corporation.

Directechs supports all VOXX•DEI brands: Viper, Clifford, Avital, Python, AstroStart, AutoStart, AutoMate, and Install Essentials and now has the ability to automatically translate most languages spoken today, meaning if the dealer’s installer is in Quebec and would rather type in French, they can. It will be translated on the fly to a Directechs member that can respond in English and that will be translated back into the Technician’s native language – making the process simpler, efficient, and personalized.

With Remote Start season in full peak, VOXX•DEI’s award-winning tech support has extended support hours till February:

            Monday – Friday – 9:00am – 8:00pm EST.
            Saturday – 9:00am – 5:00pm EST.

VOXX Electronics Corporation (VEC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), a global supplier of mobile and consumer electronics products. VEC is a recognized leader in the sales and marketing of automotive rear-seat entertainment, vehicle remote start & security, telematics, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

VEC sells its products through an extensive distribution network that includes expeditors, mass merchandisers, regional mobile electronics chains and independent specialists both domestic and internationally. VOXX Electronics possesses a strong brand portfolio and its products rank among the top ten in almost every category in which they sell. Primary brands include: Advent, Audiovox, CarLink, Code Alarm, Crimestopper, Flashlogic, Invision, Omega, Prestige, Pursuit, Viper, Clifford, Python, Avital, AutoMate, AutoStart, AstroStart, and Install Essentials.

For additional information, please visit our website at www.voxxelectronics.com.

VOXX Electronics Corporation Contact:
Jonathan Frank                                                       
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Sun, Jeeps, and an ALL-NEW MB Quart Jeep Wrangler JL Tuned OEM Subwoofer!

Daytona Beach, FL – As the official audio sponsor for Jeep Beach 2023 - MB Quart is heading down to Daytona Beach, Florida, for the biggest Jeep party under the sun! Attracting over 200,000 visitors and 20,000 Jeeps every year, MB Quart is looking to join in on the Jeep Wave fun by showcasing a variety of Jeep Tuned Audio Kits including the reveal of the ALL-NEW Jeep Wrangler JL Tuned OEM Subwoofer Upgrade MBQJL-SUBR-1.

BIGGER BASS STARTS NOW.

Enhancing every Jeep Wrangler JL Tuned Audio Kit with incredible and deeper bass dimension, the MBQJL-SUBR-1 is a 400-watt subwoofer upgrade for MB Quart Jeep Wrangler (JL) Tuned Audio Kits. This 10-inch complete OEM premium subwoofer upgrade delivers earth-shaking layers of bass into every song and genre of audio. Completing every Jeep Wrangler JL Tuned Audio Kit by infusing audio with a richer sound that seeks heavier bass impact, the Jeep Wrangler JL Tuned OEM Subwoofer Upgrade is the definitive experience of what an in-vehicle concert feels and sounds like.

Brian Sherman, Vice President of Product and Marketing, said, “This subwoofer will transform the way audio is heard in every Jeep Wrangler JL. Not only is this 10-inch OEM subwoofer upgrade heavy in sound by diving deeper into songs with greater force and bass impact - the playback and clarity of this Subwoofer Upgrade is valued and performs. From undistorted bass drops in every note to clean, steady bass - this Jeep Wrangler JL subwoofer upgrade will round out every Jeep Wrangler JL Audio Kit with a lasting impact by creating earth-shaking bass within any song.”

400-watt high-efficiency Class-D compact NA2 amplifiers with onboard equalization make audio come alive in every Jeep Wrangler JL (2018 through current with OEM premium audio subwoofer) vehicle. With an easy-to-install mount/harness using OEM premium subwoofer system enclosure and hardware, only basic hand tools are required to start enjoying every song in deeper bass dimensions of Music. Defined. Jeep Tuned Audio performance.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

• COMPATIBLE VEHICLE FITMENT: Jeep Wrangler JL (2018 through current with OEM premium audio subwoofer)

• COMPACT HIGH-EFFICIENCY AMPLIFIER: 400-watt high-efficiency Class-D compact NA2 amplifier with on-board equalization

• HIGH OUTPUT SUBWOOFER: 10-inch application, specific long-throw high output subwoofer: Frequency Response – 20Hz to 250Hz, Sensitivity – 87db, Impedance – 2 Ohm

• MOUNT / HARNESS: Easy installation uses OEM premium subwoofer system enclosure and hardware

• TIME AND TOOLS: Easy OEM fitment makes for a quick installation with basic hand tools

“I am extremely proud of the team for the performance of this subwoofer. This OEM Subwoofer upgrade completes every Jeep Wrangler JL Audio Kit with a heavier sound, deeper playback, and a richer dimension of bass that brings out more from any song. I know for a fact - with the Subwoofer Upgrade I have installed in my Jeep that there is just no going back," concluded Sherman.

Alden Stiefel, President of Maxxsonics, said, “I am extremely proud and happy of the entire team that helped innovate and deliver this superior-sounding subwoofer. From the ground-shaking bass in every bass drop to how clear it sounds with undistorted levels of playback and immersion - this OEM Subwoofer Upgrade will transform every MB Quart Jeep Wrangler JL Tuned Audio Kit to new expectations of sound and performance.”

Having a hugely successful Jeep Beach 2022 - Jeep Beach 2023 looks to build upon the excitement and commitment that MB Quart has invested in Jeep Tuned Audio. This ALL-NEW OEM Subwoofer Upgrade will truly define Music. Defined. forever. All the action takes place at Daytona Beach, Florida, and starts on Sunday, April 23rd, and runs through Sunday, April 30th. Get ready for the ultimate Jeep party under the sun and hear the ALL-NEW MBQJL-SUBR-1 Jeep Wrangler JL Tuned OEM Subwoofer Upgrade!

For a complete breakdown of the ALL-NEW OEM Subwoofer Upgrade, head to the MB Quart website at https://mbquart.com/shop/mobile/mobile-vehicle-kits/jeep-wrangler-tuned-systems/mbqjl-subr-1-400-watt-jeep-wrangler-jl-tuned-oem-subwoofer-upgrade/.

MAKE SURE to contact your Maxxsonics Sales Representative NOW as orders for the ALL-NEW MB Quart OEM Subwoofer Upgrade are GOING FAST! For complete event/show details on Jeep Beach 2023, follow the link at https://www.jeepbeach.com/.

MB Quart is a high-end audio brand known for its elaborate and distinctive designs while producing rich sound quality. Established in 1962, MB Quart began producing professional studio microphones and headphones at its headquarters in Obrigheim, Germany. Through research, innovation, and a dedication to the highest standard of sound quality, MB Quart continues to grow its product line throughout its 50-year history. Our slogan Music. Defined. is the superior standard to how MB Quart holds itself accountable for pushing the bar forward. Consumers of these products can experience a wide range of audio solutions that will deliver all their needs for Powersports and marine machines. The MB Quart brand is owned by Maxxsonics and is based near Chicago, IL. For additional information, go to the brand website at https://mbquart.com/about. 

Established in 2001 and headquartered in Libertyville, IL, Maxxsonics is a global leader in the Mobile, Marine, and Powersports audio industries. Innovating products that bring out the best in audio and sound, Maxxsonics specializes in designing and manufacturing amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers, and accessories branded; Hifonics, MB Quart, Crunch, and Autotek. Additionally - Maxxsonics is the premier OEM audio supplier of audio solutions/systems for Kawasaki off-road vehicles, Polaris® off-road vehicles, and CFMOTO. Founded by a handful of consumer electronics and automotive security veterans – Maxxsonics products are now heard and experienced around the world. For additional information, go to the corporate website at https://maxxsonics.com/.

January 2023 -- VAIS Technology, Englewood CO. has released new satellite radio integrated solutions specifically designed for 2021-23 Mazda. This solution allows owners of these models to add SiriusXM® satellite radio to their existing factory stereo, without compromising factory functionality.

“Since 2003, VAIS Technology have been developing satellite radio adapters for vehicles that aren’t equipped from the factory with SiriusXM® tuners,” Dennis Hopper, EVP, says. “While satellite radio is more popular than ever, many new OEM vehicles still don’t come equipped from the factory with satellite tuners. For 2022 several more OEM’s have removed satellite tuners from their platforms. Over the last few years Hyundai, Mazda, Kia, Jeep, Honda and Ford have removed satellite tuners from their base model vehicles. VAIS Technology develops simple, easy to install integrated solutions that add satellite radio, but preserve factory functions.”

The new kits provide coverage for new Mazda models equipped with Sync 4 Radios. Also, all these models are compatible with the GSR-UV01 (universal unit) which can be flashed using online software. This allows dealers to only stock one unit to do almost all applications. This adapter connects directly to the original factory radio and allows the vehicle owner to listen to satellite radio through the existing factory system. The VAIS integrated solution also allows for full control of satellite radio functions - changing stations, setting presets, steering wheel functions, etc.

GSR-MZ04 is available for order now. Retail price is $349.99 with SXV300 tuner included.

About VAIS Technology: Founded in 2003, VAIS Technology offers a wide variety of automotive accessories, including SiriusXM add-on adapters, kits for adding a Bluetooth music streaming, Push Button Start kits, and SEER Passive Keyless Entry. All VAIS Technology products are built to OEM standards and are designed to offer seamless functionality for best user experience. VAIS Technology products come with one-year warranty and do not affect OEM warranties. Visit http://www.vaistech.com to learn more.            

January 2023 -- VAIS Technology, Englewood CO., has released new satellite radio integrated solutions specifically designed for ’21-‘23 Ford F-150, Bronco and Transit with Sync 4. This solution allows owners of these models to add SiriusXM® satellite radio to their existing factory stereo, without compromising factory functionality.

“Since 2003, VAIS Technology have been developing satellite radio adapters for vehicles that aren’t equipped from the factory with SiriusXM® tuners,” Dennis Hopper, EVP, says. “While satellite radio is more popular than ever, many new OEM vehicles still don’t come equipped from the factory with satellite tuners. For 2022 several more OEM’s have removed satellite tuners from their platforms. Over the last few years Hyundai, Mazda, Kia, Jeep, Honda and Ford have removed satellite tuners from their base model vehicles. VAIS Technology develops simple, easy to install integrated solutions that add satellite radio, but preserve factory functions.”

The new kits provide coverage for new Ford models equipped with Sync 4 Radios. Also, all these models are compatible with the GSR-UV01 (universal unit) which can be flashed using online software. This allows dealers to only stock one unit to do almost all applications. This adapter connects directly to the original factory radio and allows the vehicle owner to listen to satellite radio through the existing factory system. The VAIS integrated solution also allows for full control of satellite radio functions - changing stations, setting presets, steering wheel functions, etc.

GSR-FD04 is available for pre-order now with a ship date around end of January. Retail price is $349.99 with SXV300 tuner included. https://vaistech.com/product/gsr-fd04-w-tuner-kit/

About VAIS Technology: Founded in 2003, VAIS Technology offers a wide variety of automotive accessories, including SiriusXM add-on adapters, kits for adding a Bluetooth music streaming, Push Button Start kits, and SEER Passive Keyless Entry. All VAIS Technology products are built to OEM standards and are designed to offer seamless functionality for best user experience. VAIS Technology products come with one-year warranty and do not affect OEM warranties. Visit http://www.vaistech.com to learn more.            

Case Study: Commercial Application in the USA

Solutions: CC9381HVFD9187-HTIB-9387-ETVFE9191MS9321MS9390

Total Quantity: 38

January 18, 2023 -- When a customer brings a vehicle into an auto service center, often times the vehicle has pre-existing damage, even as small as chips in the windshield and scrapes on the bumper. Then when the customer charges that the dealership caused the damage after the vehicle was brought in to be serviced, disputing the claim often is difficult and sometimes impossible, thus resulting in a settlement and costing the dealership thousands of dollars to fix an issue they did not cause.

As a result, a video surveillance system was requested to detect damage of any and every size as the vehicle entered the dealership’s service bay to be able to dispute any unwarranted claims.

Challenge

One of the more challenging requests for this system was to design an application whereby virtually every angle of the vehicle could be caught on video surveillance in such a way that it could detect pre-existing damage on the vehicle.

Solution

ARG Communications, a leading provider of business telephone systems, VoIP, voice data and fiber cabling, and video surveillance in and around Delaware and Philadelphia, Penn., chose VIVOTEK and a total of 38 of its indoor and outdoor security solutions to solve Martin Honda, Mazda, Kia security surveillance solution issues.

The VIVOTEK Video Surveillance System was designed to be on its own network. ARG installed a separate network router/firewall and POE switches for this system. ARG’s Lead Technician Richard Pharoh, working with Aaron Logan, designed an application whereby the cameras could detect such pre-existing damage for any size vehicle from a standard car to a minivan to a full-size SUV. They came up with a solution in which the VIVOTEK cameras were mounted offset from the wall covering the left and right sides of the vehicle for all three of the dealership’s bays, and the top of the vehicle was covered from above. There were a total of eight cameras installed for this application alone.

Overall, ARG installed 32 other cameras throughout the service center, carwash, and parking lot. Two CC9381-HV panoramic network cameras are being used for stairwells. 13 FD9187-HT fixed dome network cameras are being used in various indoor locations. Six IB9387-HT bullet cameras are being used in various exterior locations. 13 FE9191 360 degree fisheye network cameras are being used in the service bay. Three MS9321 20MP multi-sensor panoramic network cameras are being used in the parking lot. One MS9390 multi-sensor network camera is being used in the parking lot. And two ND9541P 32-channel NVRs provide the throughput and storage needed for the system.

To date, this solution has proven that damage occurred either prior to a customer bringing a vehicle in for service, or that the damage did in fact occur while it was in the hands of the service personnel. They installed two NVR’s with 32TB of storage each to record each camera and hold recordings for the requested timeframe. As a part of this system installation, they also installed monitors for the Service Manager and Assistant Service Manager to view live video. ARG installed VMS client software and a cell phone application so that they could also view and access recordings on their PC’s or cell phones from anywhere.

Customer Feedback

The system has performed as the customer had hoped. When you can prove damage was on the car when they drove it in, it makes it easy to refute unwarranted claims and save thousands of dollars as a result. It is true that “a video is worth a thousand words.” With a drive thru that sees more than a 100 vehicles every day, the customer really needed a robust system. The customer has already avoided more than 25 damage claims in the first six months of operation.

“The customer was very pleased with the quality of the system and picture,” said Joseph Ruggieri, ARG Communications president. “They were even asked by another vendor working on the project to provide our contact information, as this vendor works with other dealerships that would be interested in this specific design.”

Added Dave Jernegan, Service and Parts Director for Martin Honda, Mazda, Kia, “I really appreciated the flexibility [ARG] showed in tuning the cameras so we could see everything we needed to see. [ARG] was outstanding as they brought the ideas we brainstormed into a reality for us. We couldn't be more pleased with the product or its implementation.”

For more information about VIVOTEK and its comprehensive product line, please visit www.vivotek.com.

VIVOTEK Inc. (TAIEX: 3454) was founded in Taiwan in 2000. The company markets VIVOTEK solutions worldwide, and has become a leading brand in the global IP surveillance industry. Its comprehensive solutions include network cameras, video servers, network video recorders, PoE solutions, and video management software. Through the growing proliferation of IoT, VIVOTEK aspires to become the Eye in IoT by drawing on its expansive technological capabilities in image and audio. The company has established offices and subsidiaries in the United States (California), Europe (Netherlands), India (Delhi), Middle East (Dubai), Latin America (Mexico), and Japan (Tokyo) in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively. To create a sound industrial ecosystem, VIVOTEK has expanded strategic alliances with leading international software and hardware partners and works with more than 183 authorized distributors across 116 countries. For more information, please visit www.vivotek.com.

Ringwood, Ill. – January 16, 2023 - Race Sport Lighting is pleased to announce the launch of their NEW IQ Series Quad Optical Auxiliary Lighting. This new auxiliary light series is 4 times brighter with more lumen and LUX Light output than any current products on the marketplace. IQ Series uses Race Sport Lighting’s New Exclusive Quad Optics that feature 4 high power diodes encased in one single long cast optic. The IQ series was designed and tested in the lab to Industrial grade standards, which exceed normal automotive grade testing standards and can take more abuse, more vibration, and are more durable in all environments they will have to endure.

The IQ Series auxiliary lights are in stock and shipping now out of their Midwest warehouse. There are 12 total skus in this simple line up featuring (4) round sizes, (4) square sizes and (4) rectangle sizes to choose from. There is a size and wattage for every install or job for the reseller or upfitters. The warranty is 3-years and is perfect for not only aftermarket offerings, but OEM, Dealership, and Upfitting vehicles and machinery.

“The IQ Series is going to be a great family addition to our lineup. As our auxiliary line up expands into multiple industries, there has been a growing demand for exponential brightness, more durability, and more variety of size and wattage requirements for various applications. The IQ Series gives our Resellers and Upfitters everything they are looking for in one product family and is unbelievably bright. This product was testing at 4x the performance of our flagship Street Series Auxiliary family on similar size lights. The lumen and LUX Outputs far exceed any of our competitors highest output product offerings and put us in the lead,” said Steve Jergensen, President of Race Sport Lighting

Race Sport Lighting is the leading manufacturer of LED and HID lighting technology in North America, and serves the 12-Volt, Truck Accessory, Powersports, Motorcycle, Marine, and RV industries. Founded in 2007, Race Sport Lighting is going on its 16th year leading the way as the Pioneer for the lighting category. They offer the highest quality lighting products to the industry and back it up with award-winning customer service and tech support. This reputation has earned this SEMA Member the position of Preferred Lighting Vendor in several industry buying groups.

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Holly Hill, Fla. – January 18, 2023 – Metra Electronics® is excited to announce the launch of a serialization program for some of the manufacturer's most popular product lines. Individual batches of products will be tracked by using unique labeling, allowing better control of the supply chain. The company is now serializing its popular Heise Pro Series replacement LED bulbs and will expand this process to include additional products in the near future. This is an effort to enforce the minimum advertised price (MAP) - the lowest price designated by Metra allowed to be publicly displayed for a product on sale by each retailer. The MAP is designed to ensure that products aren't advertised below a specific price. Serialization will increase the profitability of distributors carrying Metra products by tracking and enforcing MAP and MSRP across larger online retailers.

Products will now be traced from the moment they are manufactured and followed to when they are sold to consumers, which will also prevent the potential sale of counterfeit items. According to Jake Bates, Vice President of Sales for Metra Electronics, the enforcement of the company's MAP policies and pricing standards will serve to keep the overall brand image, product quality, and reputation pristine while protecting Metra's valued customers. A simple procedure has been implemented wherein the manufacturer's team will seek out and purchase products online that fall outside the specified parameters in order to identify the seller. The seller will then be contacted by a Metra representative and provided an opportunity to correct their pricing. Vendors who fail to adjust their pricing on Metra products after contact has been made will be penalized.

This new process will help to curb undercutting by retail giants and ensure consistency across all retailers. Metra has established a price sheet with MSRP and MAP, which is made available by Metra salespersons. MSRP for each product is also displayed on the company's website, MetraOnline.com.

At Metra, 12-volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources in developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make dash kits for more vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice” ® for 75+ years. Our other brands include: Axxess®, T-SPEC®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBEAM Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, AmmoTenna®, Metra PowerSports®, Saddle Tramp®, Metra Marine® and Daytona Lights®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 386-257-2956.

Shipping in Mid 2023, the New LED Tail Lights Fit 1986-1992 Jeep Comanche MJ Models and Feature an OEM Appearance with Modern Refinements

METAIRIE, LA, Jan. 18, 2023 – Oracle Lighting (www.oraclelights.com), the market leader in creating high quality lighting products and innovative LED solutions for the automotive aftermarket, is proud to announce the launch of its new LED tail lights for Jeep Comanche (MJ). Scheduled to ship in mid 2023, the new taillights fit the 1986-1992 Jeep Comanche MJ models and feature an OEM appearance with modern refinements while still honoring its classic styling.

“Oracle Lighting has created LED tail light upgrades for many Jeep models and is now bringing that design expertise, innovation, and quality to the often overlooked MJ platform,” explained Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “Modern refinements include LED Stop/ Turn/ Parking lights which provide an updated appearance and provide better visibility than the original halogen lights.”

Another major refinement for these tail lights is a high powered LED Reverse Light integrated into the design. This module features six high powered LEDs designed to provide 1,000+ total lumens for ample reversing visibility. These LEDs are focused with mixed-beam reflector optics to provide both peripheral and distance light visibility for the driver when backing up at night. 

Another option that Oracle Lighting will offer is Standard (p/n: 5909-003) or Tinted Lenses (p/n: 5909-020). The standard lens option will have a more original OE-style appearance while the tinted option will have a more aggressive blacked-out styling. These options give consumers more ability to choose a traditional classic appearance or a more aggressive modern smoked lens.

Louisiana-based Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive aftermarket since 1999. Oracle’s philosophy is this: in today's world of fly-by-night vendors, we think it is important to partner with businesses that you can trust to be there for you today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

For more information on Oracle Lighting and its full product line, please visit www.oraclelights.com, call (800) 407-5776, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Metairie, Louisiana-based Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive/12Volt, powersports, motorcycle, and marine markets since 1999. Oracle’s philosophy is this: in today's world of fly-by-night vendors, we think it is important to partner with businesses that you can trust to be there for you today, tomorrow, and for years to come. Oracle Lighting uses only premium-level LEDs, and we are committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations and staying on the cutting edge of lighting technology. We achieve this though constant innovation as well as first class customer care.

Located just outside New Orleans, Oracle Lighting has received accolades from numerous organizations for our business practices, including being listed on the Inc500 list of the Fastest Growing Businesses in the USA for multiple years, being awarded SEMA’s Manufacturer of the Year in 2021 and SEMA’s YEN Vanguard Award in 2021 for outstanding contribution to the automotive industry, winning the 2012 Bronze Stevie Award for Consumer Products Company of the Year, and being named The Small Business Administration's Exporter of the Year and a Small Business Champion by the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. In 2012, Oracle was named the Jefferson Parish Small Business of the Year by JEDCO. New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine also named ORACLE Lighting a Top Private Company in the Greater New Orleans Area in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

January 18, 2023 -- Join Chris Bennett and Joseph Norton as they debut new MUSWAY products and discuss the features and benefits the product offering has for our Authorized Dealer Partners. Chris Bennett starts the class with an introduction to business with Global Audio Marketing.

Showcasing the benefits for MUSWAY retail partners that include profitability, programs, and support. Joseph Norton will be doing hands-on training and demonstrating the attributes and audio quality found in all products throughout the MUSWAY product assortment. Join these sessions as Global audio Marketing debuts the uncompromising quality and sound reproduction from MUSWAY Products and remember “Music is the Way.”

MUSWAY training times during Las Vegas KnowledgeFest will be:

Friday, February 3rd 1:45pm in room Versailles 4.

Saturday, February 4th 5:30pm in room Versailles 4.

MUSWAY engineers and manufactures a wide range of award-winning high-end electronics including DSP processors, DSP amplifiers, MX amplifiers, and a full line of accessories that include the OLED display DRC1 Digital Remote and USB dongles with features including: Hi-Res streaming and DSP App control. Global Audio Marketing is headquartered in Murrieta, California. For more information, please contact Chris Bennett at Global Audio Marketing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Holly Hill, Fla. – January 17, 2023 – Metra Electronics ® is heading to Las Vegas, Nevada to host new training sessions at KnowledgeFest™ and showcase their latest aftermarket installation products. At the booth will also be a Ford F-150 Lightning, built by Professional Car Audio of Visalia, CA, and customized with Metra products. Metra’s training sessions will cover new products launched at The 2022 SEMA Show. This includes new Shuriken Lithium Series batteries, dash kits, Axxess ® integration products and DSPs, lighting and audio upgrades for Harley-Davidson ® and Can-AM Ryker, aftermarket accessories that fit Jeep ® and Bronco, and more. Metra is proud to once again support the industry by providing in-depth training sessions for installers at the event, hosted February 3-5. Training sessions include:

“Metra's 2022 New Products Overview” on February 3rd at 1:45 PM

This session is the best way to get an overview and education on Metra's newest products launched at the 2022 SEMA Show. This training covers Shuriken's new line of lithium-ion and lithium-iron batteries, dash kits for the newest vehicle applications, integrations for Tesla, next-generation Axxess DSP products, innovations from iBEAM Vehicle Safety Systems, and more! In addition, attendees will also learn about Metra's new Proscenium brand featuring high-quality audio products, as well as a new dealer-only line of wiring accessories from their popular and recently revived Tsunami brand.

“New Jeep ® and Bronco Accessories from Metra” on February 3rd at 3:00 PM

Hear valuable tips for selling and installing new products that cater to your loyal Jeep ® and Bronco customers. This training covers aftermarket audio accessories such as a Dash-Mount Tweeter Plate, Speaker Harnesses, and a Kick Panel Speaker Adapter Plate for Bronco. Attendees will also see Rear Speaker Pods that allow installers to easily upgrade the 4" factory rear pods to 6.5” or 6.75” speakers. New Heise LED lighting solutions include innovative expandable wheel rings, rock lights, headlights and taillights, and three Heise Connect controllers for RGB, RGBW, and Chasing products that pair with an all-new, free downloadable app.

“New Harley-Davidson ® and Can-AM Ryker Upgrades” on February 4th at 4:15 PM

Be among the first to learn about new accent lighting, driving lights, audio accessories, and more from Saddle Tramp that help make motorcycle lighting and audio upgrades easy. New products covered will include a 7" Reflector Headlight with Full Halo, 4.5" Reflector Passing Lights with Full Halo, a 16-Piece Chasing LED Strip Kit, Cut-In Saddlebag Lids, a Vent Grille Light, Keystone Lights, new Speaker adapter harnesses, a new Chasing Accent Lighting Kit, and more. This training will show you how to easily stylize your customers' motorcycles with less time spent on wiring and custom fabrication.

"Simplify your Install with Axxess DSPs” on February 4th at 5:30 PM

Learn about the newest solutions from Axxess that make vehicle integration easy. With the AXDSP-X and AXDSP-L lines, Metra is putting plug-n-play products back into the installation bay. This training will cover Axxess DSPs, highlight new vehicle-specific products, and showcase the newest app features. We’ll show you how these solutions can increase your sales in the showroom and decrease installation time. Learn how to use and set up Axxess DSPs through the app for complete tuning control, when to use the DSP “Lite” versus “X” solutions, and more. Metra’s patented DSP products help simplify installation and provide affordable audio solutions.

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 #401, February 3-5, at the Paris Hotel & Convention Center. See additional details about the show, produced by the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), at KnowledgeFest.org.

At Metra, 12-volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources in developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make dash kits for more vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice” ® for 75+ years. Our other brands include: Axxess ® , T-SPEC ® , The Install Bay ® , Heise LED Lighting Systems ® , iBEAM Vehicle Safety Systems ® , Shuriken High Performance Batteries ® , Raptor ® , Ballistic ® , AmmoTenna ® , Metra PowerSports ® , Saddle Tramp ® , Metra Marine ® and Daytona Lights ® . For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 386-257-2956.

Planning to maximize new Mobile and Powersports opportunities, newly promoted John Driscoll looks to bring Maxxsonics new business

Libertyville, IL – Effective Monday, January 16th, 2023, John Driscoll will be promoted from Regional Sales Manager to Southeastern Regional Manager of Mobile and Powersports at Maxxsonics. John’s main focus will be on planning territory development, traveling the territory to build new business opportunities, and developing new distribution partners to better service the southeastern region.

On his new position, John Driscoll of Maxxsonics said, “I am excited to be working with our team of industry veterans in the Southeast region of the US. The Maxxsonics family of brands offers a comprehensive variety of 12 volt products for the Automotive, Marine and Powersports markets with solid growth opportunities in all channels of distribution.”

John has been a car audio hobbyist since 1986 and started participating in-car audio events in 1987, going on to IASCA Finals in 1990, 1991, and 1992. John grew to Sales, in the consumer electronics industry, with Quality Auto Sound in 1991 and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1993 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) degree. Being one of the first in the nation to be certified as “MECP Installer First Class,” John worked for several CE retailers, including Audio Express, Circuit City, and Ultimate Electronics. In 1997, he started with Current Marketing as a manufacturer’s rep for car and home electronics and continued until 2009, when he became a National Sales Manager for Cerwin-Vega Mobile.In 2012, John entered the Powersports industry with the Arthur Fulmer Companies (Memphis Car Audio and Fulmer Helmets). In 2020 John joined Maxxsonics and is looking to extend his outreach of product knowledge and industry experience with his promotion from Regional Sales Manager to Southeastern Regional Manager of Mobile and Powersports.

On John’s new position, Sam Dattalo, Vice President of Sales, said, “I am thrilled to have John take on these new responsibilities, and I am excited to see the growth and opportunities he brings to Maxxsonics. From traveling the territory to grow business to continue building new and current relationships for the stability of Maxxsonics, John Driscoll looks to catapult Maxxsonics into 2023 and beyond with his expertise and industry knowledge. I am confident with these new responsibilities and roles that he will continue finding abundant success and company growth."

John brings over 30 years of experience in the consumer electronics and Powersports industries, making this promotion a perfect fit and mold into 2023. Maxxsonics is excited to see what growth and opportunities John will bring to the company as he looks to expand the Maxxsonics family of audio brands and share more of his impressive assortment and industry knowledge of products in the future.

Established in 2001 and headquartered in Libertyville, IL, Maxxsonics is a global leader in the Mobile, Marine, and Powersports audio industries. Innovating products that bring out the best in audio and sound, Maxxsonics specializes in designing and manufacturing amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers, and accessories branded; Hifonics, MB Quart, Crunch, and Autotek. Additionally - Maxxsonics is the premier OEM audio supplier of audio solutions/systems for Kawasaki off-road vehicles, Polaris® off-road vehicles, and CFMOTO. Founded by a handful of consumer electronics and automotive security veterans – Maxxsonics products are now heard and experienced around the world. For additional information, go to the corporate website at https://maxxsonics.com/.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., January 18th, 2023KENWOOD USA (kenwood.com/usa/car), manufacturer of premier entertainment and information solutions for the automotive, marine, and motorsports aftermarket, announced that John Lucas has been named Vice President of Sales for the Car Electronics division, a promotion from Director of National Accounts.

Lucas will be tasked with implementing sales programs and initiatives that further support its dealers, along with managing and supporting the company’s regional sales managers and independent sales representatives.

“I’m thrilled to be able to work with such an established network of true sales professionals,” said Lucas. “The opportunity to grow the KENWOOD brand from this new direction is beyond exciting to me, and I’m ready to give it my all.”

Lucas’s background consists of over a 30-year tenure in the consumer electronics industry, of which the last 18 have been at KENWOOD. Before KENWOOD, he worked as a merchant for several retailers including Best Buy and Audio King.

“John has done an amazing job at servicing and developing relationships with our national account vendors during his time with us,” said Dave Hoag, Executive Vice President, JVCKENWOOD’s Automotive Sector. “His retail background coupled with his current vendor account experience and company knowledge sets him up for a smooth transition into this role, of which we are excited to embark upon with him.”  

For more information on KENWOOD, please visit its website here:

www.kenwood.com/usa/car

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry/amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com and www.kenwood.com/usa.

The subwoofers feature an ultra-shallow footprint and impressive output

Auburn Hills, Mich. (Jan. 5, 2023) – Alps Alpine North America, Inc. (“Alpine”) introduces two new S-Series Shallow Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosures available in 12” (SS-SB12) or 10” (SS-SB10) versions. The enclosures feature an ultra-shallow footprint and impressive output for the ideal bass upgrade.

“The ultra-shallow enclosure design will make it easier than ever for customers to add bass to vehicles that are lacking in space,” said Mike Anderson, Executive Director at Alps Alpine North America, Inc. “Even with a shallow footprint, the subwoofers deliver a powerful bass performance that will enhance any sound system.”

Precise Performance

The S-Series Shallow Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosures feature a sealed 12” or 10” polymer cabinet preloaded with an S-Series shallow subwoofer. The shallow subwoofers feature a 2” voice coil inside of a lightweight yet powerful neodymium magnet for up to 300W RMS of power handling.

Exclusive to Alpine is the Gen2 DD-Linear Magnetic Circuit technology, a compact and efficient dual-gap voice coil structure that allows for better control over the motor, resulting in 22mm of peak-to-peak linear excursion for maximized fidelity and output.

Innovative Design

Using an internally braced polymer enclosure, the design maximizes airspace in the shallowest depth possible. Featuring a mounting depth of 4.5” on the 10” model (5.25” for the 12”), the enclosures were meticulously designed to provide a bass upgrade to a factory or aftermarket sound system that lacks space for a traditional subwoofer enclosure.

The S-Shallow enclosures are molded in a rugged polymer material and IPX-rated, unlike traditional competitor models which use a wooden cabinet that can become damaged from moisture. The package includes four steel mounting brackets that rotate 90 degrees, allowing flexible installation in many vehicle types. The construction provides an efficient and reliable bass response. The enclosure is non-powered and features a single 2Ω voice coil with a custom Alpine-branded push terminal, compatible with Alpine’s 5-Channel S-Series S-A55V Amplifier, KTA-200M or KTA-30MW Powered Amplifiers.

The S-Series Shallow Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosures will ship in February 2023 in a 12” version (SS-SB12) for $499.95 and a 10” version (SS-SB10) for $449.95 and can be purchased at Alpine Authorized retailerd Preferred Online Stores. Please check the store locator on www.alpine-usa.comfor details.

Features:

SS-SB12 12” S-Series Shallow Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosure ($499.95)

  • Preloaded 12” S-Series Shallow Subwoofer
  • 300W RMS Power Handling
  • IPX Rated Enclosure
  • Includes (4) Steel Mounting Brackets (90 Degree Adjustable)
  • Optimal Sealed Polymer Cabinet
  • Alpine Gen2 DD Linear Magnetic Circuit   
  • Polypropylene Subwoofer Cone
  • Neodymium Magnet
  • Copper Voice Coil: 2” (50.0mm) 
  • SVC 2Ω (Compatible with S-A55V, KTA-200M, or KTA-30MW) 
  • Dimensions: 13.25” W x 5.25” H x 22.25” D 
  • Frequency response: 30Hz – 200Hz 

SS-SB10 10” S-Series Shallow Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosure ($449.95)

Same as above with:

  • Preloaded 10” S-Series Shallow Subwoofer
  • Dimensions: 12.5” W x 4.5” H x 18.5” D 
  • Frequency response: 35Hz – 200Hz  

Product information is based upon current information at the time of press but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications, and delivery dates are subject to change without notice.   

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of electronic components and automotive infotainment systems, has brought the world numerous “First 1” and “Number 1” products since its founding in 1948. The Alps Alpine Group currently operates 110 bases in 26 countries and regions, supplying roughly 40,000 different products and solutions to around 2,000 companies worldwide. Those offerings include devices such as switches, sensors, data communication modules, touch input panels, actuators and power inductors; electronic shifters, remote keyless entry systems and other automotive units; consumer electronics like car navigation and audio-visual systems; and systems and services such as digital keys based on smartphone app and blockchain technology, and remote monitoring.

CONTACTS:

Alps Alpine North America Media Contact  

Allison Saunders   

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(586) 719-8966

The subwoofers feature an integrated RGB lighting system and a multi-link capable design

Auburn Hills, Mich. (Jan. 5, 2023) – Alps Alpine North America, Inc. (“Alpine”) introduces PrismaLink™, a new line of S-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Wedge Enclosures that feature an integrated RGB lighting system and multi-link capable design for single, dual, and even quad-enclosure applications. The enclosures will come in 12” (S2-SB12), 10” (S2-SB10), and 8” (S2-SB8) versions.

“We believe this new line of subwoofer enclosures will not only engage and excite the long-time Alpine fan but attract a younger demographic of customers who are new to aftermarket car audio,” said Mike Anderson, Executive Director at Alps Alpine North America, Inc. “The integrated lighting feature enhances the cosmetic appeal of these woofers. The linking feature enables the user to build a bass system for their vehicle step-by-step if they wish, according to their budget.

The name PrismaLink™ is a marriage of two key features in the S-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Wedge Enclosure: “Prisma,” a nod to a spectrum of light and the optimized wedge shape of the subwoofer, and “Link” referring to the multi-link capability of the physical enclosure and visual lighting experience.

S-Series Performance

The S-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Wedge Enclosures feature a sealed 12” (S2-SB12) 10” (S2-SB10) and 8” (S2-SB8) option that are pre-loaded with the Next-Generation S-Series subwoofers.

The subwoofers feature a Carbon Fiber Poly Propylene Cone (CFPP) with ceramic/polypropylene composite dust cap contribute to a lightweight but rigid subwoofer that yields high output and low distortion during play. The subwoofer also features Alpine-exclusive High-Amplitude Multi-Roll (HAMR) surround for maximum output. Each enclosure was designed and tuned for optimal playback of the S-Series subwoofers.

Unique Linking Design

With a compact size and unique wedge shape, the enclosures were intentionally designed to be installed in tight spaces, like behind the seat or in the trunk of a vehicle. The twist-lock surround ring allows for easy installation of the enclosure.

The PrismaLink™ enclosures follow a similar linking format used in Alpine’s HALO Preloaded Subwoofer enclosures. A multi-link design allows them to be used in a single, dual, or even quad-enclosure application with an optional linking kit for the 12” (KTX-LK12), 10” (KTX-LK10), and 8” (KTX-LK8) versions.

Also unique to PrismaLink™ is the pre-wired RGB light integration in the enclosure, located in the enclosure trim bars. This lighting system features a full spectrum of color options that are controlled by an RF remote. When used as a multi-linked enclosure application, the RGB feature is able to connect across the subwoofers for an uninterrupted visual experience. 

The enclosures feature dual 4Ω voice coils wired in parallel for a 2Ω load and are optimized for Alpine’s S-Series or R-Series Mono-Powered Amplifiers.  

The PrismaLink™ S-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Wedge Enclosures will ship in March 2023 in a 12” (S2-SB12) option for $399.95, a 10” (S2-SB10) option for $379.95 and an 8” (S2-SB8) option for $329.95 that can be purchased at Alpine Authorized retailers and Preferred Online Stores. Please check the store locator on www.alpine-usa.comfor details. 

Features:

S2-SB12 PrismaLink™ 12” S-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Wedge Enclosure ($399.95)

  • Preloaded 12” S-Series Subwoofer (S2-W12D2)
  • Sealed wedge enclosure design
  • Twist-lock surround ring
  • RGB trim bars
  • Plug-and-play lighting system
  • RF Remote included
  • Carbon Fiber Poly Propylene Cone (CFPP) with cubic etch top layer
  • High-Amplitude Multi-Roll (HAMR) Surround
  • Metal mesh grille
  • Nominal Impedance: 2Ω  
  • Dual 4Ω voice coils wired in parallel for a 2Ω load
  • Compatible with S-Series or R-Series Mono-Powered Amplifiers 
  • Optional 12” Linking Bracket for multi-link application (compatible with KTX-LK12)
  • Frequency response: 23-215Hz
  • 600W RMS Power Handling

S2-SB10 PrismaLink™ 10” S-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Wedge Enclosure ($379.95)

Same as above with:

  • Preloaded 10” S-Series Subwoofer (S2-W10D2)
  • Optional 10” Linking Bracket for multi-link application (compatible with KTX-LK10)
  • Frequency response: 25-215Hz

S2-SB8 PrismaLink™ 8” S-Series Preloaded Subwoofer Wedge Enclosure ($329.95)

Same as above with:

  • Preloaded 8” S-Series Subwoofer (S2-W8D2)
  • Optional 8” Linking Bracket for multi-link application (compatible with KTX-LK8)
  • Frequency response: 35-215Hz
  • 300W RMS Power Handling

Product information is based upon current information at the time of press but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications, and delivery dates are subject to change without notice.   

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of electronic components and automotive infotainment systems, has brought the world numerous “First 1” and “Number 1” products since its founding in 1948. The Alps Alpine Group currently operates 110 bases in 26 countries and regions, supplying roughly 40,000 different products and solutions to around 2,000 companies worldwide. Those offerings include devices such as switches, sensors, data communication modules, touch input panels, actuators and power inductors; electronic shifters, remote keyless entry systems and other automotive units; consumer electronics like car navigation and audio-visual systems; and systems and services such as digital keys based on smartphone app and blockchain technology, and remote monitoring.

CONTACTS:

Alps Alpine North America Media Contact  

Allison Saunders   

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(586) 719-8966

January 10, 2023 – Pompano Beach, Fla. – RDV Automotive Technology, the go-to company for Wireless CarPlay integration, is proud to announce the release of two new Wireless CarPlay / Wireless Android Auto Interfaces for Mercedes Benz and BMW. These new products are in stock and available to ship.

Rich De Sclafani, the owner of RDV, said about the new products being released, “I am very excited to continue to bring new products to market. I have worked with these vehicles and infotainment systems since they were released back in 2007 and 2004 so I know them very well. We now cover well over 10 years of the Mercedes vehicle line (2007-2019) and over 15 years of the BMW vehicle line (2004-2019).”

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CP1-NTG4:  Mercedes Benz C CLASS (2007-2011), E CLASS (2010-2012), GLK (2010-2012)   

CLICK HERE FOR CP1-NTG4 PAGE

The CP1 line of products offer the highest quality and best warranty in the industry. With over 25 years of experience we stand behind our products 100%.

These kits offer the most seamless integration available by using all your OEM radio controls.

  • Wireless CarPlay
  • Wireless Android Auto
  • Backup Camera Input (with dynamic moving guidelines)
  • Front Camera Input (on demand access)
  • Phone Mirroring (AirPlay / Mirror Cast)
  • OEM Microphone
  • Factory Controls
  • Plug N’ Play
  • 3 Year Warranty

CP1-CCC:  BMW: 1 Series (2004-2009), 3 Series (2006-2009), 5 Series (2004-2010), 6 Series (2004-2010), X5 (2007-2009), x6 (2008-2009)

CLICK HERE FOR CP1-CCC PAGE

The CP1 line of products offer the highest quality and best warranty in the industry. With over 25 years of experience we stand behind our products 100%.

These kits offer the most seamless integration available by using all your OEM radio controls.

  • Wireless CarPlay
  • Wireless Android Auto
  • Backup Camera Input (with dynamic moving guidelines)
  • Front Camera Input (on demand access)
  • Phone Mirroring (AirPlay / Mirror Cast)
  • OEM Microphone
  • Factory Controls
  • Plug N’ Play
  • 3 Year Warranty

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WEBSITE: WWW.RDVFL.COM

PHONE: 561-922-7747

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Bracket-style competition to show off the best security installers in the industry

ORLANDO, FL. – January 3, 2023 – Viper Remote Start & Security, a VOXX•DEI LLC company and wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX Electronics Corporation (VEC), has partnered with Mobile Solutions® LLC, to bring the 2023 MasterTech Security Challenge presented by Viper, a third skills competition to the MasterTech Expo March 5 – 8, 2023 in Mesa, Arizona.

MasterTech Expo is one of the newest shows/expos in the Mobile Electronics industry and has already gained a reputation as one of the highest quality and most attended by industry veterans and newbies alike. Created for Automotive Fabricators, Trimmers, Designers, 12V Technicians and Business Owners, MasterTech Expo is a unique event combining professional education of aftermarket automotive professionals, peer-to-peer networking and a showcase of engaged exhibitors that provide specific value to the attendee audience.

“We are thrilled to have created an exciting and competitive skills challenge that will showcase the knowledge of the industry’s best security installers as they show their stuff and compete for over $5,000 in prizes and swag” said Aron Demers, Senior Vice President, VOXX Electronics Corporation.

Created and judged by Chris Libardi, VOXX•DEI’s Director of Technical Services & Training and Kyle Bylander, VOXX•DEI Technical Service Team Lead, the Viper Security Challenge will pit eight (8) teams comprised of two (2) participants against each other for two (2) rounds in a bracket-style competition.

Because of the format, only the first eight (8) 2-man teams (16 people) to pre-register / register on site will be able to compete. This can be done by clicking here.

Round 1, the preliminary round, consists of:

  • Teams will have 30 minutes to complete a Remote Start installation using a Viper® DS4® and Install Essentials® T-harness.
  • Teams will earn points based on the following topics:
    • Vehicle disassembly & reassembly (1-5) (any damage to vehicle will result in forfeit)
    • Teamwork & Efficiency (1-5)
    • Install cleanliness - module placement and harness routing (1-5)
    • Overall functionality & completion time (1-5)
    • Total possible points 20
  • The two teams that earn the most points will move on* to the final round on day 2.

*Both members of each winning team must attend the VOXX•DEI technical training that evening to be eligible to participate in the final round as there will be concepts discussed that will be used in that round.

Round 2, the final round, consists of:

  • Each team will complete a full Remote Start installation using a Viper® DS4® and Hardwire kit within a 3.5-hour time limit
  • Teams will earn points based on the following topics:
    • Vehicle disassembly & reassembly (1-5) (any damage to vehicle will result in forfeit)
    • Overall functionality & completion time (1-5)
    • Teamwork & Efficiency (1-5)
    • Install cleanliness - module placement and harness routing (1-5)
    • Issue Resolution/Troubleshooting (1-5)
    • Total possible points 25

“The level of engagement and competition will be off the charts entertaining and intense for both competitors and spectators. We’re thrilled to have Viper host this exciting contest and thankful for VOXX Electronics’ continued support of MasterTech” said Bryan Schmitt, CEO/President, Mobile Solutions LLC.”

VOXX Electronics Corporation (VEC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), a global supplier of mobile and consumer electronics products. VEC is a recognized leader in the marketing of in-vehicle rear-seat entertainment, vehicle security, remote start, and telematics systems, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

VEC sells its products through an extensive distribution network that includes expeditors, mass merchandisers, regional mobile electronics chains and independent specialists both domestic and internationally. VOXX Electronics possesses a strong brand portfolio and its products rank among the top ten in almost every category in which they sell. VOXX brands include: Advent, AstroStart, Audiovox, AutoMate, AutoStart, Avital, CarLink, Clifford, Code Alarm, Crimestopper, Flashlogic, Install Essentials, Invision, Movies To Go, Omega, Prestige, Pursuit, Python, Rosen, Rostra, and Viper.

For additional information, please visit our website at www.voxxelectronics.com.

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Created by Mobile Solutions® founder and CEO, Bryan Schmitt, MasterTech Expo is an annual, education and networking event. The audience is broad-reaching, diverse, creative and talented. MasterTech educational programs have an immersive approach and content that is unequaled. Hand-selected exhibitor partners are the premier companies in their respective industries. MasterTech Expo’s goal is to deliver a unique and hyper-focused career growth and development experience for all attendees.

For additional information, please visit our website at www.mastertechexpo.com

VOXX Electronics Contact:
Jonathan Frank                                                       
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MasterTech Contact:
Bryan Schmitt                                                       
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ADi confirms agreement with Dynaudio to become the exclusive distributor of Dynaudio Car products within the United States and Canada

Vacaville, CA - January 3, 2023 - Aegis Distribution Incorporated (ADi) announces it's agreement with Dynaudio, the iconic Danish speaker maker, and Dynaudio Americas to become the sole distributor of Dynaudio Car products in the USA and Canada.

ADi, headquartered in Vacaville, California, was formed in 2022 by a group of manufacturers and investors with the goal of bringing high-end car audio products to the Americas, tailored and fine tuned to fit the unique needs of these regions. "Dynaudio will be one of the cornerstones of our high-end enterprise. There is simply no better sounding system speaker," said Scott Welch of ADi. "I was blown away the first time I heard a properly set up Dynaudio Esotar system, and the meticulous tweaks to the Esotar2 have made them even better."

"What is truly exceptional about the whole line," he continued, "is that they have taken a great deal of the engineering that built the Esotar2 and applied it to all their drivers. The MSP cone material, the under-hung dual magnet motors, oversized voice coils, and the HF dome material are now used throughout the line. When you look at their most expensive model and their least expensive model, you can see the differences, but you can also see the similarities. Those similarities, from shared engineering, are what makes the whole line such a great sound value, to all levels of audiophile listeners. We expect great things with the Dynaudio Line, and we can't wait to get started."

Dynaudio combined their knowledge gained from over 40 years of innovation with their expertise in building award-winning home hi-fi speakers. Dynaudio's audio experts have their own uncompromising ideas about how an in-car sound system should really sound in terms of top performance and sound quality.

“Dynaudio is proud to be working with Scott Welch, John Borges and the team at Aegis Distribution," said Michael Manousselis, president of Dynaudio Americas. "Their extensive product knowledge, incredible passion for high performance audio, and their vast industry experience make them the perfect partners to support the company’s car audio loudspeakers.”

For more information or dealer inquiries, please contact ADi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 707.446.6749.

The new line is able to achieve High-Resolution Playback

Auburn Hills, Mich. (Jan. 4, 2023) – Alps Alpine North America, Inc. (“Alpine”) introduces the Next-Generation R-Series sound system line. This line features the same “Loud and Fun” experience synonymous with previous Alpine R-Series systems, now certified for High-Resolution Playback.

“The heritage of R-Series is built on a ‘Loud and Fun’ performance quality that long-time fans have enjoyed since its’ inception,” said Mike Anderson, Executive Director at Alps Alpine North America, Inc. “The Next-Generation R-Series system honors this tradition while addressing the needs of an evolving industry and customer.”

The Next-Generation R-Series system uses “trickle-down” technology, inspired design, and performance cues from the Ultra-High-Resolution AlpineF#1Status and Alpine Status systems with High-Resolution Playback capabilities that will take R-Series to the next level in sound performance.

Hi-Res Audio Certified

The Next-Generation R-Series speaker line is Hi-Res Audio Certified, able to reproduce up to 40kHz frequency response for music that is closer to the original source. The speaker line offers two pathways: “Pro Series” and “Standard” models.

The Pro Series speakers are available in 2-way or 3-way configurations, each with a highly adjustable crossover network for improved sound tuning and installation. The speaker components are constructed with a highly rigid, die-cast aluminum basket that eliminates flexing and resonance during playback to ensure the highest music quality. The speakers utilize a premium, glass fiber-reinforced cone and an Alpine-exclusive High-Amplitude Multi-Roll (HAMR) surround that all contribute to greater mid-range during playback. Magnesium Hard-Dome tweeters contribute to the “loud and fun” sound signature popular with R-Series, with an extreme swivel mount design and threaded removable housing for flexible factory applications.

The Pro Series includes a Hi-Res 3-Way Speaker Set (R2-S653) with a 6.5” Mid-Bass, 3” Mid-Range, and 1” Component Tweeter and 3-Way Passive Crossover Network for flexible vehicle application. The Pro Series also offers a 2-Way Speaker Set (R2-S652) with a 6.5” Mid-Range and 1” Component Tweeter and a 2-Way adjustable Passive Crossover Network.

The Standard Series speaker models offer 2-way component and coaxial configurations with a flexible crossover network that simplifies installation. The speakers utilize a traditional composite basket with a glass fiber-reinforced cone, a larger motor structure, and HAMR surround technology, like the Pro Series models.

The Standard Series includes a Hi-Res Coax Speaker Set (R2-S65) with a  6.5” Mid-Range and 1” Coaxial Tweeter and a Hi-Res 2-Way Speaker Set (R2-S65C) that includes a 6.5” Mid-Range and 1” Component Tweeter. For the customer with full-sized trucks or vehicles with 6x9” factory speakers, a 6x9” Coaxial (R2-S69) and 2-Way Component (R2-S69C) speaker set are also available. The 6x8” speaker model (R-S68) will carry over from the previous R-Series line.

Impressive Power

The Next-Generation R-Series Amplifier line is High-Res Audio Certified, able to reproduce up to 40kHz frequency response, and includes a full lineup that boasts impressive power, yet is compact in size, for powerhouse performance.

The Next-Generation R-Series Amplifiers include a 4-channel amplifier and two mono amplifiers, for more flexibility in sound system building.

In an effort to simplify the process in the installation bay, intentional designs were made that consolidated access to the speaker connections to one side of the amplifier and controls conveniently located at the top of the amplifier under a removable plate. Mounting “feet” were also integrated into the chassis of the amplifier to simplify the installation process. The amplifiers also feature a smaller footprint for easier installation in most vehicle applications, while still boasting the same power as the previous R-Series generation

The amplifier line includes a Hi-Res 4-Channel Amplifier (R2-A60F) with 100W x 4 @ 4Ω, a Mono Amplifier (R2-A75M) with an impressive output of 750W x 1 @ 2Ω, and a massive Mono Amplifier (R2-150M) with the flexibility to run 1500W x 1 @ 1Ω or 1200W x 1 @ 2Ω. Carrying over from the previous R-Series line is the versatile 6-Channel (R-A90S) amplifier for fully active 3-Way Speaker configurations.

Clean, Deep Bass

The recently launched Next-Generation R-Series Subwoofer line features a new design, but the same deep and clean bass performance that is synonymous with the R-Series line.

Featuring a larger motor structure and utilizing the Alpine Exclusive HAMR technology, the subwoofers are able to produce maximum output for deeper bass. A pulp Kevlar cone and ceramic/polypropylene composite dust cap contribute to a lighter, yet rigid design that results in lower distortion during play. To simplify installation, a twist lock grille system replaces the concealed mount gasket of the previous models.

The subwoofer line includes a 12” (and 10” option that boasts 750W RMS and an 8” option with 350W RMS, with the ability to choose between 2Ω and 4Ω load depending on the desired application.

The Next-Generation R-Series Speakers and Amplifiers will ship in the Spring and Summer of 2023, respectively. The Next-Generation R-Series Subwoofers are available now and can be purchased at Alpine Authorized retailers and Preferred Online Stores. Please check the store locator on www.alpine-usa.comfor details. 

Product information is based upon current information at the time of press but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications, and delivery dates are subject to change without notice.  

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of electronic components and automotive infotainment systems, has brought the world numerous “First 1” and “Number 1” products since its founding in 1948. The Alps Alpine Group currently operates 110 bases in 26 countries and regions, supplying roughly 40,000 different products and solutions to around 2,000 companies worldwide. Those offerings include devices such as switches, sensors, data communication modules, touch input panels, actuators and power inductors; electronic shifters, remote keyless entry systems and other automotive units; consumer electronics like car navigation and audio-visual systems; and systems and services such as digital keys based on smartphone app and blockchain technology, and remote monitoring.

CONTACTS:

Alps Alpine North America Media Contact  

Allison Saunders   

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(586) 719-8966

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Dec. 21, 2022) – Alps Alpine North America, Inc. (“Alpine”) will offer a choice of three, one-hour virtual training sessions for their U.S. Authorized Dealers. These sessions will focus on newly released and upcoming Alpine products. This is the third year in a row that Alpine has offered virtual product training sessions for their dealers. 

Straight from the Source

What started as a necessity during the virtual environment of the pandemic has evolved into an efficient method of communicating new product introductions, marketing promotions, and detailed product training directly to partnering businesses.

“We are proud to continue offering virtual product training in an effort to streamline communication and offer important updates and announcements from Alpine in a convenient and accessible format,” said Mike Anderson, Executive Director at Alps Alpine North America, Inc. “The virtual approach also allows us to deliver a pure Alpine brand experience to a wider audience in a way that equips and energizes our partnering stores.”

Led by Alpine National Trainer, Eric Brooks, the virtual training will highlight the new generation of High-Resolution sound and display audio family systems inspired by the technology and design of the Ultra High-Resolution AlpineF#1Status system. The webinar will also include effective selling and marketing techniques for the 2023 Alpine Product Line.

Registrants can choose from the following days to attend:

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 noon (EST)

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 3 p.m. (EST)

Thursday, January 12, 2023 6 p.m. (EST)

All U.S. Alpine Authorized Dealers are encouraged to register for this free webinar by contacting their Alpine Rep.

Alps Alpine Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of electronic components and automotive infotainment systems, has brought the world numerous “First 1” and “Number 1” products since its founding in 1948. The Alps Alpine Group currently operates 110 bases in 26 countries and regions, supplying roughly 40,000 different products and solutions to around 2,000 companies worldwide. Those offerings include devices such as switches, sensors, data communication modules, touch input panels, actuators and power inductors; electronic shifters, remote keyless entry systems and other automotive units; consumer electronics like car navigation and audio-visual systems; and systems and services such as digital keys based on smartphone app and blockchain technology, and remote monitoring.

CONTACTS:

Alps Alpine North America Media Contact  

Allison Saunders   

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(586) 719-8966

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