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National Automotive Styling Centers™ builds on 2021 achievements for 40th anniversary

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Feb. 14, 2022 — Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading window tinting and automotive accessory franchise, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2022 by building on its remarkable success in 2021, highlighted by 16 new store openings and a $15 million increase in annual revenue.

“With a total of 94 Tint World® locations in operation, we’re closing in on our 40th anniversary target of 100 open stores, with 68 new franchise licenses under development for 2022,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, president and CEO of Tint World®. “We’re also proud to have significantly increased revenue in 2021 to over $62 million, thanks to average store sales growth and in large part to the growing number of Tint World® locations that recorded more than a million dollars in annual revenue.”

Tint World®’s extraordinary annual performance in 2021 demonstrates the franchise brand’s powerful value and the strength of its unique growth strategy and franchise success model.

“The innovative transparency of our franchise disclosure document has helped increase the number of area developers in the Tint World® family,” Bonfiglio said. “More than 30% of the new franchises we awarded in 2021 will develop multiple locations in their territories, which is critical to our growth and also reflects the confidence that our franchisees have in the Tint World® brand model.”

In addition to franchise growth, Tint World® has invested in constructing a new 12,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility to house the company’s corporate office, training center, and new Tint World® demonstration center serving to represent the evolving Tint World® brand.

“Our focus on supporting the success of Tint World® franchisees positioned us to continue growing and expanding into new markets even during an unpredictable economic climate,”. Bonfiglio said. “We are committed to equipping our franchisees with all the tools they need to succeed, including essential technology, operations and marketing solutions, so they can deliver the premier automotive services Tint World® is known for.”

Tint World® was recognized as a Fast & Serious Smart Franchise Brand by FranchiseTimes for 2022, and for its continuing achievements in 2021 by multiple prominent industry and business publications and organizations, including Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® and Top Global Franchises, the Inc. 5000, Inc. 5000 Regionals: Florida, Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchises, the Franchise Gator Top 100, and the Franchise Times Top 400.

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance and repair services, and more. Tint World® is also the leading provider of residential, commercial and marine computerized window tinting and security film services with locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, with franchise opportunities available worldwide.

Founded in 1982, Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™ is America’s largest and fastest-growing automotive accessories and window tinting international franchise, specializing in window tinting, protective films, vehicle wraps, audio and electronics, security systems, car and truck accessories, wheels and tires, detailing and ceramic coating, and installation services.

Tint World® Mobile Services™ include marine, residential, and commercial window tinting films, solar films, decorative films, safety and security films, and protective ceramic coatings. Tint World® has locations in the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, with master franchise opportunities available worldwide. To find out more, please visit www.TintWorld.com or www.TintWorldFranchise.com.

DANIA BEACH, FL and Egmating, Germany (02.18.2022) - HKI USA is excited to announce a new product to excite car audio dealers to the concept of Pro SQ, while maintaining simple installation and without breaking the bank.

The GZIC 165.2SPL is the newest creation from Ground Zero Car Audio in the Iridium line, that bridges the gap between Pro Audio and Entry Level car audio. This kit allows for a pro style car build with components that are a lot more familiar and traditional. Taking advantage of the new GZCT 25M Competition Line 25mm tweeter, and pairing it with an all new Pro based 6.5” mid bass driver designed around the improved Iridium cone, this kit helps dealers and customers obtain a little more than a standard style kit, without stepping over to the need for custom fabrication with larger pro style componentry. 

“This addition to our line up is just another step in helping our car audio retailers be able to offer their clients the complete solution under the Ground Zero brand,” said Jacob Brown of HKI USA. 

For more information or to become an authorized HKI USA retailer, contact your local sales representative or email HKI USA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DANIA BEACH, FL and Egmating, Germany (02.18.2022) - Ground Zero Car Audio and HKI USA are proud to announce the newest item in the Hydrogen line of subwoofers, that will surely bring some excitement to the truck, powersports, and stealth installs we all love to see.
The new GZHW 10SPL-D2 Flat is going to have a huge effect on the industry when it comes to obtaining amazing output, musicality, and install versatility. With its shallow mounting depth of just over 4”, its power handling of 600 WRMS, and its love of smaller enclosures, this subwoofer is going to allow for installs to be a little more fun to listen to. From vented or sealed truck boxes, spare tire enclosures, and even some OEM sized saddle bags and side by side enclosures, these woofers bring something else to the table that we have truly been waiting for. 
“With the Pre-Orders opening today, I am looking forward to be able to offer our dealers and their clients an item to maximize their bass output without having to sacrifice tons of space.  I have been having to bottle up my excitement for months keeping this a secret and can not wait to see our dealers go to town with these in all types of builds!” said Tommy Spears of HKI USA. 
For more information or to become an authorized HKI USA retailer, contact your local sales representative or email HKI USA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
DANIA BEACH, FL and Egmating, Germany (02.18.2022) – HKI USA and Ground Zero Car Audio are proud to announce a new item to the popular coaxial competition audio line of products.
The long awaited GZCF 165NEO-PRO (Red Basket Coax) is now available for pre-order and the excitement is already in place. These are not just two pre-existing drivers attached to each other. Ground Zero developed an entirely new 6.5” midrange driver, and incorporated the new fan favorite GZCT 20N-Pro compression driver. Adding in weather resilient materials and engineering tricks, this driver is suited for all applications where high end sound and high quality pro audio output is needed. 
“The best part about working with Ground Zero is that when it comes to a product such as this, we get to cover all of the bases. From a true audio perspective, with Car AND Pro Audio DNA combined, the effort to make an amazing item reflects in all applications that these products get utilized in” says Jacob Brown, the Director of Operation, HKI-USA. 
For more information or to become an authorized HKI USA retailer, contact your local sales representative or email HKI USA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LONG BEACH, CALIF., February 14th, 2022 -- JVC Mobile Entertainment will be exhibiting at the upcoming KnolwedgeFest in Las Vegas, February 18th-20th, at which time it will be conducting trainings and providing demonstrations on 6 new products; the KW-M875BT digital multimedia receiver, KS-U70 Type-A to Type-D HDMI cable, KD-TD72BT single-DIN CD receiver, KD-T92MBS single-DIN marine/motorsports CD receiver, KS-DR2104DBT waterproof 4-channel compact digital Bluetooth® amplifier, and the KS-DR2001D waterproof mono amplifier.

Picking up on the craze for short-body mounting depth receivers, the KW-M875BW is JVC’s first reduced mounting depth wireless-enabled multimedia receiver, coming in at 3-3/8” deep. It sports a 6.8” clear resistive touch panel display with wireless and wired support for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, wireless screen mirroring for Android®, HD Radio®, Advanced iDatalink® Maestro RR support (with newly designed GUI’s), SiriusXM® ready compatibility, 4 camera inputs, 3 sets of 5-volt RCA pre-outs, support for Hi-Res Audio via a wireless or wired connection, K2 sound technology, and gesture touch control. Another first for JVC is its USB Type-C and HDMI Type-D rear inputs for faster charging and easier smartphone integration. The KS-U70 Type-A to Type-D HDMI cable is automotive-grade and designed to fit perfectly in the KW-M875BW’s recessed input and provide superior video playback from a compatible 3rd-party device. Also equipped with JVC’s K2 sound technology, the recently released KD-T92MBS single-DIN marine/motorsports CD receiver and the KD-TD72BT single-DIN CD receiver will be on display in its booth as well.

To further complement its recent introduction of the waterproof/dustproof KS-DR2004D compact 4-channel amplifier, 2 additional amplifiers will be on display, including the KS-DR2104DBT waterproof/dustproof 4-channel Bluetooth® amplifier and KS-DR2001D waterproof mono amplifier, providing the power and flexibility necessary for complete on and off-road system building. The KS-DR2104DBT produces a conservatively-rated 50 Watts x 4 RMS at 4-ohms or 75 Watts x 4 RMS at 2-ohms and includes a “glove-worthy” wired remote controller with rugged well-spaced buttons and a large volume knob/controller. This unique apt-X™ -equipped Bluetooth amplifier can be your audio source solution for anything from a classic car where altering the factory receiver isn’t an option, to a UTV without a receiver provision. To complete the system, simply add in the KS-DR2001D with its included remote level controller and 300 Watts of RMS power to drive a subwoofer.

“As we head full force into 2022, we are excited to bring exciting new product technologies and solutions to our customers,” said Ron Trout, Director of JVC Mobile Entertainment Sales. “KnowledgeFest provides us with the much-needed platform to ensure that our dealers are fully-equipped with the JVC product knowledge necessary to offer customers the best sales and vehicle installation experience.”

Pricing and availability will be announced soon.

New product web pages currently available include:

KS-DR2104DBT web page: http://www.us.jvc.com/car/marinemotorsports/ks_dr2104dbt/

KS-DR2004D/KS-DR2104DBT amp dyno video: https://youtu.be/cOoAWFX49YU

KS-U70 web page: http://www.us.jvc.com/car/multimedia/ks_u70/

KD-TD72BT web page: http://www.us.jvc.com/car/indashreceivers/kd_td72bt/

KD-T92MBS web page: http://www.us.jvc.com/car/marinemotorsports/kd_t92mbs/

For more information on JVC Mobile Entertainment, visit http://www.us.jvc.com/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, and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-252-5722 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com and www.us.jvc.com/car.      

Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 18th, 2022 - KENWOOD USA will be debuting 12 new products to expo and training attendees at the KnowledgeFest in Las Vegas, Feb. 18th-20th. 3 multimedia receivers with 2 supporting accessories along with 7 marine/motorsports products will be unveiled at the event.

After a short hiatus of new multimedia receiver product releases, KENWOOD will be shipping 3 new multimedia receivers in the upcoming months at pricing to be announced at that time. The KENWOOD DMX9708S and eXcelon DMX908S both feature a 6.95” capacitive touch panel display with wireless and wired support for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, wireless Android® screen mirroring, HD Radio®, Advanced iDatalink® Maestro RR support (with newly designed GUI’s), SiriusXM® ready compatibility, 4 camera inputs including the ability to connect the DRV-N520 integrated dashboard camera, and support for Hi-Res Audio. The eXcelon DMX908S steps up from the DMX9708S’ 3 sets of 4-volt RCA pre-outs to 5-volt, includes tuned audiophile-grade components, and a 2-year warranty. The eXcelon Reference DMX958XR adds in a 6.8” 1280x720 HD capacitive touch panel display, rear HD camera input, and wireless Hi-Res Audio support. Marking a first for this wireless-enabled digital platform, each receiver will also have a 3-3/8” short chassis mounting depth for ease of installation, a USB Type-C input for up to 3 amps of charging, and an HDMI Type-D (mini) input for added video input flexibility. New accessories available for these receivers include the KCA-HD200 HDMI Type-A to Type-D cable and the KCA-RCDV340 wireless remote control.

KENWOOD is also introducing the first of its entirely new line of products branded as “eXcelon Motorsports” at the event. “With a further emphasis on providing solutions for more types of on and off-road vehicle applications, expanding our marine and motorsports lineup to also include a top-tier of products branded as eXcelon Motorsports was necessary to meet this demand from the market,” said Mike Roberts, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for KENWOOD USA’s car electronics sector. “As our focus on eXcelon has always been sound quality with peak performance, we recognized the need for this level of performance in the outdoor environment and are excited to soon be expanding this line to provide even more premium solutions.”

Kicking off the list of new eXcelon motorsports products are 3 amplifiers to include the XM502-1 Class D mono (500W RMS x 1 @ 2 ohms), XM302-4 Class D 4-channel (75W RMS x 4 @ 2 ohms), and XM802-5 Class D 5-channel (500W RMS x 1 + 75W RMS x 4 @ 2 Ohm). The inclusion of conformal coated circuit boards, protective terminal covers, and stainless-steel mounting screws ensures these amplifiers are ready for the elements. Pricing will be announced at launch.

For the “ULTIMATE” in outdoor protection, 3 IPX-Rated waterproof amplifiers will also be displayed, to include the KAC-M5014 compact 4-channel amplifier (75W RMS x 4 @ 2 ohms, now shipping), the KAC-M5024BT compact 4-channel Bluetooth® amplifier with included wired multi-function remote to control music from a smartphone or other Bluetooth®-equipped source (75W RMS x 4 @ 2 ohms, shipping soon), and the KAC-M5001 compact mono amplifier with an included remote level control knob (300W RMS x 1 @ 2 ohms, shipping soon). These new “EXTREME” durability amplifiers boast not only IP-certified protection from water and dust, but also ASTM B117 salt corrosion resistance and shock protection, making them the perfect companion for your boat, side-by-side, motorcycle, and more. There “ULTIMATE Performance” is delivered through a combination of strategic sound quality components, including high-quality polymer multi-layer capacitors, magnetic shields for the output coils, metal stud power connections, all resulting in enhanced overall sound quality. This trio of waterproof compact amplifiers enables both ala-carte and full off-road system building solutions, making for the perfect accompaniment to its new KMR-D382BT marine/motorsports single-DIN CD player, which will also be shipping soon.

Training to cover these new products will be conducted by the KENWOOD training team on both Friday and Saturday. Additional KENWOOD team members will be on-site at the KENWOOD booth.    

For detailed information on specific features for each product, please view their respective product pages as they become available at www.kenwood.com/usa/car.

New product web pages currently available include:

KAC-M5014: https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/marine/kac-m5014/

KAC-M5024BT: https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/marine/kac-m5024bt/

KAC-M5014 & KAC-M5024BT Amp Dyno Video: https://youtu.be/2aHVBliKevo

KMR-D382BT: https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/marine/kmr-d382bt/

KDC-BT282U: https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/receiver/kdc-bt282u/

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.

Holly Hill, Fla. – February 17, 2022 – Metra PowerSports® by Metra Electronics® is now shipping new aftermarket speaker enclosures designed to fit Polaris® RZR side-by-sides. These unloaded solutions allow installers to customize and upgrade the sound system with aftermarket speakers and subwoofers using a durable enclosure constructed with high-quality, UV-protected ABS plastic. Also available now are new universal RGB LED cup holder light rings, designed for powersports, marine, or general automotive use.

Rear Deck Speaker Pods

The MPS-RZPRO-RP is a pair of speaker pods for the rear deck, custom-molded and designed specifically to fit 2020-up* Polaris® RZR Pro XP side-by-side models. It uses the OE mounting bolts and fits 6.5” aftermarket speakers.

Rear Door Speaker Pods

The MPS-RZRDP2 uses the available space in the rear doors to add 6.5” aftermarket speakers and includes an optional tweeter mounting location. It is custom-molded and designed specifically to fit 2014-2021 Polaris® RZR XP 4 1000 and Turbo side-by-side models.

RGB Cup Holder Lights

Metra PowerSport’s new cup holder light rings, the RGB2-C70M, feature RGB LEDs that add a unique glow and fit most factory cup holders with a 2.75” (or larger) diameter. These lights are sold in pairs, rated IP66, and come with 3M® double-sided tape for easy yet secure mounting. These RGB lights require the RGB-CB2 controller for operation, sold separately, and are compatible with Metra PowerSports RGB rock lights and RGB dome lights. All of these new solutions are available now. *Visit MetraPowerSports.com for up-to-date, vehicle specific information.

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 more than 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®. Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to its division of premium AV and surveillance products from MetraAV™. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 386-257-2956.

Firstech Compustar Announces Opening of New 61,000 Sq. Feet Facility in Texas

FEB 18, 2022 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Firstech, maker of Compustar, Momento, and DroneMobile products, has announced the scheduled opening of its new distribution and training facility in Flower Mound, Texas. The company plans to commence operations at its new Texas facility in April 2022.

At launch, Firstech’s move to Texas will establish another distribution center in the South-Central U.S. where the company can improve its shipping turnaround times for dealer and distribution partners. Approximately half of Firstech’s logistics team will permanently relocate to Texas to make the expansion as seamless as possible. In the near future, the Texas facility will also provide an additional meeting hub for installers, salespeople, and partners to receive hands-on training from Firstech’s award-winning technical support team.

The new location is conveniently located within six miles of Dallas Fort-Worth Airport (DFW). Firstech’s primary headquarters will remain near Seattle, Washington where it has been since the company relocated from Anchorage, Alaska in 2003. “We couldn’t be more excited to open a new branch to better serve Firstech’s growing customer base,” said managing director Jason Kaminski. “In addition to expanding our warehouse space and improving our just-in-time inventory, the Texas location will also open up additional port options for ocean-going cargo to combat congestion.” If you would like to learn more about Firstech, please visit the company’s website at www.firstechllc.com.

Firstech is an award-winning connected car company from Seattle, Washington. Since the company’s founding in Anchorage, Alaska, Firstech has primarily focused on developing solutions to improve the safety, comfort and peace of mind of drivers on the road. Over the past 6 consecutive years, Firstech has been voted “Top Vendor in Security and Convenience” solutions by the Mobile Electronics Association, demonstrating the company’s commitment to product innovation and customer support.

ME-TV by MOTOTV provides best in class digital signage solutions

NORTH ANDOVER, MASS., February 17 ,2022 — The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA)has partnered with MOTOTV Networks, LLC (MOTOTV) to operate ME-TV, an in-dealership TV network designed to drive sales for MEA dealer members and MEA partner vendors at the point-of-sale.

ME-TV Powered by MOTOTV gives dealers and brands a powerful yet simple method of using their TVs to help educate and entertain their customers while driving sales at these mobile electronic dealerships.  MOTOTV manages all the content from the relevant brands while dealers can also upload their own videos, images, and messaging to further customize their network. And brands can get massive exposure to a highly targeted audience while customers are a credit card swipe away from a purchase.

“We have driven sales across all of our networks and are looking forward to doing the same for Mobile Electronics dealerships and the brands they sell.  From the start, MEA’s goal has been to help their dealer members grow and market more powerfully at the point-of-sale and we’re proud to be part of that same goal,” said Victor Sedaka, Director of Sales for MOTOTV Networks.

Chris Cook, President of the MEA added, “Our members look for benefits that can both save and make money when running their stores. MOTOTV is the perfect partner to provide the highest quality digital signage solutions that creates more awareness and drives new business.” “MOTOTV will be exhibiting at each KnowledgeFest event with great demonstrations and at event incentives.”

Dealers may contact MOTOTV (720.583.3835) or MEA for more information, and can learn more at http://mobile-electronics.com/ME-TV

ABOUT Mobile Electronics Association: Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) is a trade association comprised of installing dealers and product vendors dedicated to serving the needs of the mobile electronics specialist industry. MEA owns and produces KnowledgeFest™, regional trade-only industry events that combine educational programming and vendor training with a trade show floor. MEA owns and publishes the monthly Mobile Electronics® magazine, which is the industry’s #1 resource, as well as other digital media, including websites and the industry’s e-newsletter Hotwire. MEA provides software and data-driven services to vendors and retailers. Learn more at mobile-electronics.com.

MOTOTV Networks offers customizable television networks at the point-of-sale for powersport, RV, automotive & marine dealers and brands, as well as action sports retailers, that play on the TVs inside their stores.  Managing content from all of the brands these stores carry with some of the best lifestyle content, MOTOTV™ is personalized down to the store level, only airing the products and services that they carry as well as giving them the ability to upload their own videos and sales messages.  MOTOTV currently has more than 4,000 subscribers at more than 2,000 locations that play on more than 8,500 screens.  Visit  https://www.mototvnetwork.com/ or reach out to any of their Account Reps for more details.

The ACR-U audiophile-grade level control is ideal for countless applications including OEM system upgrades, subwoofer level adjustment, zone volume control for marine installations, and more

Seattle, Wash., February 16th, 2022 –AudioControl (audiocontrol.com) has introduced the ACR-U universal volume control, the ultimate premium performance, highly-durable level control that will improve the performance and user experience for OEM audio upgrades, classic car entertainment systems, marine audio installations and more.
 
Introducing The ACR-U Universal Volume Control

The innovative ACR-U universal volume control offers the superb performance and ease of installation that installers have come to expect from AudioControl. The ACR-U is a passive control (requires no power) and takes RCA audio inputs into a compact receiver that connects to the volume control via standard Ethernet cable for wire runs up to four hundred feet with zero loss—ideal for luxury yachts and other large-scale projects. An ideal solution for a great many applications, the ACR-U delivers flat response even in the bass region, not suffering from extraneous noise, voltage drop or premature roll-off that plague lower quality solutions. Users will appreciate that the ACR-U is a linear control, offering a smooth, even increase/decrease in output with the rotation of the knob. The ACR-U has been conformal coated for durability against the elements and comes complete with a standard-length Ethernet cable. An optional extended-length Ethernet cable is available. The AudioControl ACR-U is available now and shipping to dealers.

Key Solutions for 12-volt Dealer and Installers

AudioControl offers class-leading audio products engineered for car, marine and mobile sports applications, plus ultimate-performance OEM interface solutions that enable 12-volt dealers to upgrade sound systems while keeping the factory in-dash systems in place. These products are vital for automobiles featuring integrated multi-media systems that cannot easily be replaced. For 45 years, AudioControl has established the benchmark for performance and reliability, delivering the 12-volt audio products and support services dealers and installers must have to be successful.

AudioControl is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial, and automotive markets since 1977. Based in Seattle, WA, AudioControl offers premium quality home theater and whole-house entertainment products, distributed audio amplifiers for commercial applications and a legacy of outstanding car audio processors, amplifiers and OEM interface solutions sold and installed worldwide by qualified professionals. For more information visit audiocontrol.comor contact AudioControl at +1 425-775-8461 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dania Beach, FL, February 14th, 2022 - HKI USA INC the exclusive U.S. distributor of Ground Zero, SounDigital Four Connect audio products is proud to add another industry veteran to its growing team. Doug Dobson will be leading the technical support team at TURY USA. A new technology division of HKI USA. “Dobson brings with him an extensive technical background having been part of several major manufacturers over his 40 years of mobile electronics experience. His installation knowledge will be a huge advantage as we continue to add products to our growing line up,” said Marty Deane, Sales Manager of TURY USA. Doug Dobson can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
For more information or to become an authorized HKI USA retailer, contact your local sales representative or email HKI USA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AudioControl Unveiling New Products Plus Key 12-Volt Training Sessions in English and Spanish at the 2022 Knowledgefest in Las Vegas

Multilingual educational tracks help dealers maximize opportunities using AudioControl’s best-in-class mobile audio solutions—including the brand-new Epicenter Micro and ACR-U universal volume control  

Seattle, Wash., February 14th, 2022 – AudioControl (audiocontrol.com) has announced that they will be hosting training seminars in both English and Spanish for attendees at Knowledgefest Las Vegas, being held at the South Point Convention Center February 18-20, 2022. The prominent AudioControl booth will also feature new products displays as well as two demo vehicles.

Much to See and Hear in Booth 801

Featuring AudioControl’s largest exhibition booth ever at Knowledgefest, there will be two cars onsite with demo systems: A BMW 6-Series featuring AudioControl amplifiers, DSP, and the new Epicenter Micro. A Dodge Charger Hellcat will also be on display, showcasing AudioControl signal processing and amplification.

Training Seminars

The AudioControl team will be hosting one training seminar per day for English-speaking attendees, covering how to maximize system performance with AudioControl’s all-in-one amplifier solutions (Friday), how to achieve success with any vehicle using OEM interface solutions and how to deliver best sound quality using DSP (Saturday), and the many benefits of utilizing the AudioControl DM-RTA—the ultimate test tool (Sunday).

On Saturday evening, AudioControl has assembled stars of the Spanish-speaking car audio community to offer “After Hours with AudioControl en Español,” a hands-on training event done exclusively in Spanish. Numerous subjects will be covered; however, the primary focus will be on DSP training, demystifying this powerful technology to bring best performance to each system.

"With everything we have planned for this Knowledgefest, it is certainly an event you won't want to miss,” stated Matthew Palumbo, Mobile Audio Sales Manager at AudioControl. “The educational tracks, newly unveiled products, and demo vehicles create a valuable experience for our dealer partners, enabling both sales and installation teams to design and deliver best-performing systems to their customers. We are very grateful to draw from our talented and diverse community to offer critical programs in both English and Spanish.”

KNOWLEDGEFEST LAS VEGAS TRAINING SCHEDULE (see full event schedule HERE)

Friday, February 18th – 1:45-2:45pm Room Sonoma C

Saturday, February 19th – 5:30-6:30pm Room Sonoma C

LOCs, LGDs, & DSPs Oh My! (with special guest trainer Dean Beyett of 5 Star Car Stereo)

Sunday, February 20th – 10:45-11:45am Room Sonoma C

DM-RTA: The Ultimate Audio Test Tool

Saturday, February 19th 6:45pm Room Sonoma C

After Hours with AudioControl en Español DSP training in Spanish with three honored guests: 

·     Ricardo Rangel – Monster by Rangel, Mexico City, Mexico

·     Fernando Lopez – 5 Star Car Stereo, Clearwater, Florida

·     Roberto Estrada – AudioControl rep for Mexico

VISIT AUDIOCONTROL AT THE 2022 KNOWLEDGEFEST LAS VEGAS, FEBRUARY 18-20 BOOTH 801

Click here to Reserve Your Seat

AudioControl is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets since 1977. Based in Seattle, WA, AudioControl offers premium quality home theater and whole-house entertainment products, distributed audio amplifiers for commercial applications and a legacy of outstanding car audio processors, amplifiers and OEM interface solutions sold and installed worldwide by qualified professionals. For more information visit audiocontrol.comor contact AudioControl at +1 425-775-8461 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

February 11, 2022 - Ringwood, Ill. -- Every year, Race Sport Lighting partners with KnowledgeFest to exhibit and train dealers, installers, and counter salespeople at shows around the country. This week in Las Vegas is no exception, as Race Sport Lighting will be conducting a dealer-focused training on Friday the 18th in Room #JOSHUA @ 1:45pm PT. The main goal of the training will be to discuss their new patented lighting technologies and solution-based products to make selling and installing lighting easy and profitable for resellers.

Race Sport Lighting will also be exhibiting in booth #104 for dealers to visit and learn about their new lighting technologies. Staff will be available in the booth all weekend to answer any questions. The booth will feature a large custom display of hundreds of lights to test out with the push of a button. Race Sport Lighting will also have on display their nationwide best-selling Terminator™ LED Kits, the fast-growing DRIVE Series V2 LED kits and their USPTO patented GEN4® LED system.

“This K-Fest booth is going to light up Vegas! Dealers are going to have a ton of great training resources to learn about and see in person. We will have a team communicating in the booth all weekend. We are going to make a clear statement that when it comes to the lighting category, we are continuing to lead the pack in 2022,” 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 primarily. Founded in 2007, Race Sport Lighting is going on 15+ years 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 them the position of Preferred Lighting Vendor for MESA, Tint World franchises, AAM Group, AutoGear, and Restylers International just to name a few in the industry.

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STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® is pleased to announce the promotion of longtime employee Bart Deal to Vice President of Product Strategy and OEM.

Deal’s expansive history in the mobile-audio industry began more than 40 years ago in an installation bay. His experiences were further developed in the field as a sales rep, in retail management, and in the customer service and training departments. He has also been a sales manager for several car-audio manufacturers.

“Bart Deal is our newest KICKER VP, and we couldn’t be happier,” said KICKER President and founder Steve Irby. “He has proven himself in management positions here for almost 22 years and has excelled in every one. Bart is a multi-talented individual with expertise in many diverse areas, so he will be an invaluable addition to our VP Team.”

Joining KICKER in 2000, Deal first served as a regional sales manager and then was promoted to oversee international sales.

After 15 years of successful sales management for the company, Deal was promoted in 2017 to Senior Director of Product Strategy and OEM. He values the concept of being able to help the company pursue the “next, greatest product coming down the pipe,” as well as providing a forum for coworkers to offer ideas. In his new role as Vice President, the Marine Audio Systems Unit Director and Brand Protection Manager now both report to him, in addition to his previous responsibilities.

“I’ve always been very product-centric,” Deal said. “I saw (product) on more of a global scale – how it works as part of a whole to create great music. Now my other responsibilities will be focused on my direct reports, ensuring they continue to grow and have paths to grow through.”

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for boat and automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Consumers can follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio, and use the hashtags #kickeraudio and #livinloud.

(METAIRIE, La) -- A Metairie-based manufacturer was awarded a 2021 Louisiana Lantern Award Wednesday evening. Oracle Lighting, which creates LED solutions for consumers in the automotive, marine, and powersports markets, received the prestigious award during a special reception at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. The company is one of eight manufacturers across the state to be recognized this year.

The Louisiana Lantern Awards provide an opportunity for the State to celebrate manufacturers from across Louisiana. The winning company for each district displays a contribution to the Louisiana economy and their local business communities through employee growth, increased revenue, facility expansion and community engagement. The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) nominated Oracle Lighting for the special distinction this year. The lighting manufacturer was selected from the Greater New Orleans region to receive the coveted award.

Born from humble beginnings in a Metairie garage, Oracle Lighting has grown into a global leader in the automotive lighting industry. The company was founded by Justin Hartenstein when he was just 18 years old. Now he and his wife, Tiffanie, run the business together, innovating in both product offerings and operations.  Over the last 22 years, the manufacturer has experiences growth in both employment and sales annually. Today, Oracle employs more than 30 full-time team members and has made nine appearances on the Inc Magazine “Inc. 500/5000 List”, which highlights the nation’s fastest growing small businesses. Oracle plans to expand the company’s headquarters to double the size of the main facility in 2022, which will allow Oracle to create more jobs and significantly increase their production capabilities.

Oracle Lighting has served as a symbol of change and renewal in the Fat City area. The company located to Fat City in 2010, rehabilitating a 10,000 square foot building that would serve as the company’s headquarters. Since then, Oracle has purchased and renovated two additional properties in Fat City. The major improvements to these sites helped spur additional growth and investment in the area. 

Not only has Oracle invented thousands of different products for the automobile lighting industry, but the team displayed adaptability and ingenuity in the face of a global pandemic. When COVID-19 threatened to shut down operations for many manufacturers, Oracle Lighting chose to focus its efforts on designing and developing a face mask that utilizes UV-lighting technology to eradicate bacteria and viruses. The company began manufacturing the Antimicrobial Irradiation Respirator, or A.I.R. Device, in 2022.

In November of 2021 Oracle also received an honor from their global trade organization SEMA, when they were named the 2021 Manufacturer of the Year. The SEMA Manufacturer of the Year Award recipient meets rigorous criteria, including demonstrating outstanding business practices, establishing innovative processes and products, investing in the well-being of employees, exhibiting a high degree of corporate responsibility, protecting company brand equity, and providing exceptional customer service to customers.

Oracle Lighting has won many local, national, and international awards for their work. The company gives back whenever possible. As an example, Oracle helped to donate thousands of PPEs to first responders and health care workers at the start of the pandemic. The founders also serve a number of local charitable organizations.

"We are honored and humbled to receive the 2021 Lantern Award,” said Tiffanie Hartenstein, CEO of Oracle Lighting. “I truly appreciate the efforts JEDCO and all of the Jefferson Parish officials who nominated our company for this very special recognition. This acknowledgement would not be possible without the dedication and passion of our amazing team working behind the scenes. I also want to express our appreciation to the Louisiana Economic Development Foundation for their continued support."

“Oracle Lighting exemplifies all of the qualities of a successful manufacturer,” said Jerry Bologna, JEDCO President & CEO. “Oracle’s mission directly aligns with JEDCO’s vision for the future of Jefferson Parish, from their focus on innovation to their genuine support of and investment in Fat City. Their work elevates our manufacturing industry and our community.  We are proud Oracle Lighting calls Jefferson Parish home.”

“Congratulations to Oracle Lighting for winning this prestigious award,” said Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. “This local automotive lighting manufacturer is unique, innovative, and socially responsible. Their roots run deep in Jefferson Parish, and as a result, the company continues to invest in the area through job creation, expansion, product growth, and charitable giving. We are so proud of Oracle Lighting’s continued progress. They are a global force being driven from right here in Jefferson Parish.”

“I would like to congratulate Oracle Lighting on their recognition and to thank them for their cultivation and support of community advancement over the years,” said Jefferson Parish District 5 Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken. “Fat City has long been considered an area of tremendous economic potential. Oracle Lighting’s founders have taken a special interest in the area, choosing to give their time and talents to building up and improving Fat City. As a manufacturer, Oracle Lighting has achieved many accomplishments and notoriety since opening in 1999. This wonderful success story is amplified by the manufacturer’s connection and commitment to community progress and growth. They are a valuable asset to Jefferson Parish and we commend their work.” 

Founder and Director of Innovation Justin Hartenstein, and CEO Tiffanie Hartenstein, accepted the award on behalf of Oracle Lighting Wednesday. LED presented them with a custom-built, handcrafted copper lantern donated by Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights of New Orleans. The lanterns have become internationally recognized trademark of New Orleans. The company is the oldest and largest copper gas lantern manufacturer in the U.S. and the second oldest in the world.

More than 330 Louisiana manufacturing businesses have received Lantern Awards since the program’s inception. LED’s program partners include the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and the Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts. For more information about the Louisiana Lantern Award, click here.

Miami, Fla. — Nakamichi Car Audio will be exhibiting at the Las Vegas Knowledgefest February 18-20, 2022 at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

On display will be new 2022 models, some which are shipping now and couple of new head units slated for introduction later this year.

Robin McNeal, Nakamichi National Sales Manager, will be on hand along with David Bradman, Guillermo Mendez and Jason Proios from Diplomat Trading.

Nakamichi Mobile Audio can be found at booth #714 in the convention hall of the South Point.

For more information visit www.nakamichicaraudio.com or www.knowledgefest.com

Knowlegefest attendees interested in scheduling an appointment can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

February 9, 2022 -- VAIS Technology is excited to release Push to Start with Smart Access kit - https://vaistech.com/seer-pts/. We designed a true push to start in junction with award-winning SEER. Now owners can add an all-encompassing device to turn almost any classic vehicle into a total hands-free experience. EVP, Dennis Hopper stated, “The classic car market expressed a lot of interest in push to start technology. And since we already developed a Smart Access kit SEER, adding push to start seemed like a win-win for everybody.”

Once professionally installed Push to Start with Smart Access gives user a proximity based keyless entry, illuminated entry, walk-away lock, audible and visual alerts, as well as engine push to start. Just like in a brand-new vehicle, with a keytag present and brake pedal pressed a push start button turns green allowing driver to start the vehicle.

Kits are available on VAIS Technology’s website at the retail price of $799.99 and come with a choice of a metal or an OEM looking push to start button. A part of the kit is an in-house designed relay module to shorten the install time.

Smart Access with PST can be fully installed straight out of the box for parking/hazard lights, headlights, interior or dome lights, audible notification and locking and unlocking upon entry and exiting the vehicle. Technology used in the kit matches to what OEMs are using to provide customers with proximity keyless systems. On top of that VAIS added high security communication and rolling code to prevent remote replay and relay attacks.

“The combination of low frequency and RF technology allows us to recognize the driver far as 13-15 feet away. The recognition zone, security, reliability, and customization make this product so versatile and available for multiple markets,” Hopper said.

Founded in 2003, VAIS Technology offers a wide variety of OEM factory radio upgrades, including SiriusXM add-on adapters, kits for adding a Bluetooth music streaming through a factory radio, and SEER Smart Access system. VAIS Technology currently offers products for most automotive brands, including Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mazda, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, VW and more. 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.            

February 10, 2022 -- Sony Car Audio will have two demo cars, four trainings, and their entire team at the upcoming Mobile Electronics Association (MEA) KnowledgeFest taking place at the South Point Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, from February 18 through February 20. Sony retailers are encouraged to contact their distributor rep or Sony Car Audio team members for a code to register for the event for free.

Booth #601 on the trade show floor will show off Mike Rundel’s Toyota CH-R and Jared Bahley’s Toyota Tacoma, both of which show off complete Sony Mobile ES audio systems, and highlight the extraordinary XAV-9500ES head unit. Attendees will be able to sit in the vehicles for a guided demo of these excellent sound systems.

National Trainer Kris Bulla will provide three trainings for Sony Mobile ES, including some new products that will be released in the near future, and one training highlighting the benefits and support received as a Sony Car Audio retailer. Attendees are encouraged to register ahead of time by clicking the training links below:

Sony Dealer Support Training

-          Friday, Feb 19, 4:15PM-5:15PM, Napa B

Sony Mobile ES Trainings

-          Friday, Feb 18, 3:00PM-4:00PM, Napa B

-          Saturday, Feb 19, 5:30PM-6:30PM, Napa B

-          Sunday, Feb 20, 10:45AM-11:45AM, Napa B

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MIAMI, FL—Nakamichi Car Audio will be exhibiting at the Las Vegas Knowledgefest February 18-20, 2022 at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

On display will be new 2022 models, some which are shipping now and couple of new head units slated for introduction later this year.

Robin McNeal, Nakamichi National Sales Manager, will be on hand along with David Bradman, Guillermo Mendez and Jason Proios from Diplomat Trading.

Nakamichi Mobile Audio can be found at booth #714 in the convention hall of the South Point.

For more information visit www.nakamichicaraudio.com or www.knowledgefest.com

Knowlegefest attendees interested in scheduling an appointment can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

TORRANCE, Calif., February 8th, 2022 – Rydeen Mobile Electronics, a cutting-edge electronics designer and manufacturer dedicated exclusively to advanced vehicle driver safety, announces a new and unique 360-degree video rearview replacement mirror with built-in touch capable 10-inch HD monitor with built-in drive recorder.  Unlike other mirrors that can capture and record DVR video, the RYDEEN TOMBO 360 DVR Mirror also houses a 360-degree 4K High-Definition digital video camera. TOMBO, which means “dragonfly” in Japanese, symbolizes the capability of All-Seeing-Vision. It provides a full view of both the inside and outside of the vehicle from the vantage point of the rearview mirror.

The stunning 10-inch frameless mirror embeds a full-length touchscreen that controls and displays streaming in 4K video.  The single 360-degree camera streams and records video from all sides of the car.  Users can then choose to display the front of the car, sides of the car and the rear seat, for monitoring passengers.

Users can swipe left and right on the mirror to view the particular perspective they wish to see.  They can also set the mirror to show split screen views of multiple angles (including left and right-side lanes or front view plus backseat).  What makes this product so unique is that the TOMBO 360 can show a 360-degree view simultaneously on all multiple view selections for complete viewing coverage.

See quick video clip:

TOMBO 360 + ProKit 1 (long) https://youtu.be/UvETvLysTzg

TOMBO 360 (short) https://youtu.be/JeGnS-HVogw

Backup Safety https://youtu.be/EHvs_rrjKaM

Amazing 360 View https://youtu.be/pOLFDlnn4Zc

Convenient https://youtu.be/hCMDurQm6M0

When the DVR mirror’s monitor section is off, it becomes a normal reflective mirror, however, the video recording will continue in the background.

The mirror can also work with a HD video quality backup camera, giving you a 2-channel HD recording feature. The TOMBO 360 mirror can also stream video from behind the car and automatically switch to a backup camera when the car is in reverse (sold separately with ProKit 1 package).

ProKit 1 also includes proximity sensor. If a car was damaged while parked overnight, the owner can view video footage of the incident recorded by TOMBO 360. Viewing both the car cabin AND the surroundings of the car, or owners may view a parked car’s condition and surroundings recorded, as the proximity sensor can wake up the DVR function with the presence of objects and movement.

TOMBO 360 features a USB-C port, enabling the user to connect TOMBO 360 with an external memory device for video storage backup. This feature is so convenient for the video files backup and transfers to a PC rather than the tiny microSD card used by other car DVR products.

In the future, RYDEEN will add 4G/5G capability to the USB-C port, so that it becomes a “virtual technology hub” for any car, including older vehicles.  With the optional wireless 4G/5G connection, parents can check on teen drivers in real time.

Rydeen Mobile Electronics CEO and Founder Phil Maeda said, “Even older vehicles can benefit from cutting edge technology with the TOMBO 360 mirror. This is the only automotive mirror of its kind that combines both streaming video and a 360-degree camera for views in and around the vehicle,” he continued, “The TOMBO 360 now becomes the base platform for adding future technology; not only 4G or 5G, but also facial recognition and unattended vehicle security.”

Unlike other 360-degree cameras that present a rounded, “fish-eye,” distorted image, the TOMBO 360 uses internal processing to flatten the image and present a bright, clear, and realistic view.

Our system uses a Sony® Hi-Res CMOS (STARVIS®) sensor with advanced HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology, adjusting lighting conditions for clarity and perfect resolution in any situation. This is important when the outside lighting is bright and sunny, but the inside cabin lighting is darker. RYDEEN has overcome this lighting challenge, which continues to plague most other systems.

Users may change the camera angle to face straight forward, then the TOMBO 360 mirror can view beyond right and left sides of A-pillars of a vehicle.  It can automatically change the screen view for blind spot elimination. The mirror also automatically triggers the optional rear camera when the car is placed in reverse, offering a seamless system for all driving directions.

TOMBO 360 mirror enables adding one of RYDEEN’s Blind Spot Radar Safety products with internal LED indicators. Making installation easy with the elimination of removing the A-pillar panel and drilling holes for independent indicators. As indicated, TOMBO 360 is truly the information HUB for all types of safety features. “This is the first generation of our platform, which will continue to incorporate industry leading technologies,” added Maeda.

The retail pricing for TOMBO 360 is $399.00 and the upgrade ProKit 1 package is $199.00.

RYDEEN is now shipping the TOMBO 360 and ProKit 1 to retailers & distributors throughout USA and Canada. Please feel free to contact us at 310-787-7880 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions.

At Rydeen Mobile Electronics, our mission is to provide the safest vehicle driving experience with solution-based products and technologies, aiming for ZERO auto accidents & auto thefts, thus creating “peace of mind everyday” to consumers worldwide! For more information, visit our website at www.rydeenmobile.com.

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