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As the only nationally recognized certification program for the mobile electronics industry, MECP intends to reenergize its efforts in the coming year and encourage more technicians to seek higher certification levels.


Words by Rosa Sophia


One of the goals for 2019 and beyond is to increase the number of certified technicians, and to re-energize the program as the only certification standard for the industry, according to Kris Bulla, a consultant for MECP. Currently, there are four different certifications available—Mobile Product Specialist, Basic Installation Technician, Advanced Installation Technician and Master Installation Technician. More than 2,700 individuals are presently certified, with most certifications in the Basic category, according to data from MECP and the Consumer Technology Association.

“The Basic Certification is someone who has little to no experience in the bay, someone who is looking to become employed in a job that requires certification, and wants to continue working in the bay and needs the education,” Bulla said. “Advanced or higher is the level where we want everyone to be.”

More is expected of each level, Bulla added. “Master Technicians could run or manage a shop if they don’t already, or they might have the opportunity to move into a manufacturer or a distributor position with this type of certification. The Basic and Advanced guys in a shop where a Master technician works will typically go and get help from them if they can’t figure something out.”

It’s important to continue moving up, Bulla said, and the goal for the coming year is... Read the rest of the story HERE.





VOXX Electronics and Rockford Corporation Have Reached a Definitive Agreement for the Purchase of Crimestopper Assets, Which Will be Integrated Into VOXX’s Omega R&D Portfolio of Vehicle Security and ADAS Products


ORLANDO, Fla. and TEMPE, Ariz., January 17, 2019 – VOXX Electronics Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), and Rockford Corporation (, the industry leader in high-performance audio solutions, announced today they have reached a definitive agreement for VOXX Electronics Corporation to purchase all Crimestopper assets from Rockford. The sale is expected to close later this month.

Crimestopper is a highly respected brand with a solid reputation and a loyal dealer network,” said Bill Jackson, CEO and President of Rockford Corporation. “We are pleased that VOXX, a leader in our industry, will carry on the 30-year legacy of Crimestopper.”

Aron Demers, Senior Vice President of VOXX Electronics Corporation added, “Rockford has been a great steward of the Crimestopper brand since they were acquired by Founders Howard and Sharon Miller four years ago. Under Rockford’s direction, Crimestopper has done a remarkable job of expanding the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Security categories. VOXX Electronics looks forward to continuing the legacy and we are excited to add Crimestopper to our Omega Research & Development Technologies (Omega R&D) portfolio of vehicle security and ADAS products.”

Effective January 16, 2019, Omega R&D will assume responsibility for sales, service and support operations for all Crimestopper dealers. Customers who have purchased Crimestopper products will also be serviced by Omega R&D.

In the coming weeks, Rockford and Omega R&D will engage with dealers to provide additional details about the Crimestopper transition. For immediate information, please contact Omega at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (305) 219-9110.

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About Rockford Corporation:

Setting the standard for excellence in the audio industry, the Rockford Corporation markets and distributes high-performance audio systems for the mobile, motorsport, and marine audio aftermarket and OEM market. Headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., Rockford Corporation is a publicly traded company and manufactures or distributes its products under multiple brands: Rockford Fosgate®, Rockford Acoustic Design™, and Renegade. For more information, please visit:,, and


About VOXX Electronics Corporation (VEC):

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 automotive entertainment, vehicle security and tracking, remote start systems, 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, Invision, Omega, Prestige, and Pursuit.  

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About OMEGA R&D:

Omega Research & Development Technologies has been an innovative leader in the vehicle security industry for over 40 years. Since its founding in 1971, Omega's product line has diversified to include remote start modules and other vehicle accessory products. Omega's most recent product offerings include the exciting new technologies of telematics, wireless and databus integration.

Omega's mission, as it was over four decades ago, is to provide reliable, leading-edge security and automotive accessory products at a competitive price.


About VOXX International Corporation:

VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) has grown into a worldwide leader in many automotive and consumer electronics and accessories categories, as well as premium high-end audio. Today, VOXX International Corporation has an extensive distribution network that includes power retailers, mass merchandisers, 12-volt specialists and most of the world's leading automotive manufacturers. The Company has an international footprint in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and a growing portfolio, which now comprises over 30 trusted brands. Among the key domestic brands are Klipsch®, RCA®, Invision®, Jensen®, Audiovox®, Terk®, Acoustic Research®, Advent®, Code Alarm®, Car Connection®, 808®, AR for Her®, and Prestige®. International brands include Klipsch®, Jamo®, Energy®, Mirage®, Mac Audio®, Magnat®, Heco®, Schwaiger®, Oehlbach® and Incaar™.  

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Manuel Rivera Joins Audiofrog, Inc. as Director of Sales and Marketing

Sun Valley, CA, Jan 1, 2019 – Manuel “Manny” Rivera has officially joined Audiofrog, Inc. as of January,1, the company has announced. Manny got his start in aftermarket car audio at Music Systems in El Paso, Tx in the late 80s and has been Audiofrog’s webmaster since the company’s founding.  

In addition to Manny’s retail sales experience in the aftermarket category and his web marketing experience, he has been a professional DJ for more than 30 years, working private venues and local clubs. As a consummate student of human nature, Manny brings a fresh perspective to both customer and consumer engagement via social media, the rest of the internet and in person.

“As a behind the scenes contributor, I’ve watched the brand grow and have been impressed by the company’s relentless focus on technical contribution to the industry through truthful and straightforward help and advice,”said Rivera. “I think with some focus on engaging customers directly and through our network of independent sales reps, Audiofrog has a unique opportunity for growth.”

Rivera added, “As a professional DJ for more than 30 years, I have an affinity for professional audio category. I’m also looking forward to getting that category up and running in the US like it is in Asia.”

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“I worked with Manny years ago at Music Systems in El Paso. Manny is a sales pro and I watched as he helped to dramatically upgrade the sales skills of all of the guys on the floor. I learned a lot from Manny, too.”

“Toward the end of my time in retail at Music Systems, I was the ‘installation manager’ and I was having some big difficulty getting the guys to do what was required. Manny pulled me aside and said, ‘Hey, let me give you a little piece of advice. It’s better to have people work with you than for you.’ That simple statement changed my life and it’s exactly the perspective that Manny brings to Audiofrog,“ Wehmeyer added. “Manny has big plans to better integrate our retail partners into our web presence. He’s the best salesperson I’ve ever known and I look forward to him providing our dealers the same straightforward and effective help in sales and marketing that I provide in the technical aspects of the category.”

A multinational company founded in 2013 and based in the greater Los Angeles area and in Singapore, Audiofrog designs and markets high-performance aftermarket car and professional audio products and solutions for audio enthusiasts and music lovers worldwide. The company and its team are committed to providing the industry’s most helpful customer support to ensure that everyone with an Audiofrog system is a happy listener. Audio isn’t always friendly. At Audiofrog, we think it should be.

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Begin the New Year with hope for your future and the future of your business.

What have you done today to make your business better for tomorrow? Your business need not be defined by what you did yesterday. Don’t let past mistakes define your future. Learn from, then let go of the past. It really should be defined by what you do today and then strive to repeat those successes going forward. It may be hard to make such bold statements when you remember your past failures. Learning from your own past takes reflection and will serve to produce wisdom that only comes when you have truly experienced failure.

Analyzing Your Past
Take a hard look at your... Read the rest of the story HERE.

Holly Hill, FL – December 27, 2018 – Metra PowerSports® announces new lighting brackets and harnesses designed for mounting and integrating four Heise LED cube lights into a wide-range of Polaris® ATVs and UTVs. For drivers who want additional off-road lighting for their ATV or UTV, adding Heise 3-inch cube lights will be much easier with this kit. The mounts use OEM hardware and have steel construction with a durable sand grit powder coating. Vehicle-specific wiring harness adapters are also available to make installation easier and maintain the high and low beam operation, utilizing the factory headlight switch. The brackets fit any of the Heise LED 3-inch cube light products, allowing for white, green hunting, or RGB light color options.

The MPS-RZHB1 Fits:

2016-2017 Polaris General 1000
2014-2016 Polaris RZR XP 1000
2014-2016 Polaris RZR XP 4 1000
2015-2016 Polaris RZR 900
2016 Polaris RZR XP TURBO
2016 Polaris RZR XP 4 TURBO

The MPS-RZHB2 Fits:

2012 Polaris RZR 4 XP 900
2012 Polaris RZR XP 900 EFI
2014 Polaris RZR 4 900
2014 Polaris RZR 900
2013 Polaris RZR XP 900 EFI
2013 Polaris RZR XP 4 900 EFI
2013 Polaris RZR 4 XP JAGGED X
2014 Polaris RZR S 800
2014 Polaris RZR 800

The MPS-RZRH1 plug and play harness is compatible with OEM halogen headlights and has Delphi 3-Pin to a pair of Deutsch 2-Pin connectors for separate high and low beam connections. The MPS-RZRHLH1 plug and play harness is compatible with OEM LED headlights and has a pair of left and right Delphi 4-Pin to Deutsch 2-Pin connectors for separate high and low beam connections that are specific to the driver and passenger side.

Additionally, 37 new motorcycle audio and lighting accessories by Saddle Tramp™ will be added to the Metra PowerSports website. All of these new products will be on display at CES in the Metra Electronics booth 5211 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 8 - 11, 2019. New product catalogs will be available to download at on January 8, 2019, with additional product announcements leading up to CES.

Holly Hill, FL – December 27, 2018 – Metra Electronics® announces 37 new motorcycle audio and lighting accessories from Saddle Tramp™ that will be on display at CES 2019. The accessories are designed specifically for a wide range of popular Harley-Davidson® models, offering OEM-quality upgrades for brighter lights and adapters to retrofit and mount new audio systems. Headlight trim rings also fit additional motorcycle models by Indian and Yamaha. Metra’s Saddle Tramp brand was first introduced in 2016 under the Metra PowerSports division and has now grown to include its own catalog, consisting exclusively of motorcycle accessories.

Harley-Davidson LED Signal Lights and Accessories

Saddle Tramp has designed three products with extra bright LEDs to replace factory turn signals and brake light indicators for a wide range of Harley-Davidson models. The BC-1157AW and BC-1157RD fit all Harley-Davidson models with 2” bullet style front turn signals and the BC-1156RD fits models with 2” brake/turn signals. These lights are sold as a pair and use Generation II brighter and flat-style LEDs. For 2013 and earlier models, Saddle Tramp load equalizers (BC-HDLE1 and BC-HDLE2) may be required to stop hyper flashing when replacing LED turn lights. Models with 3 ¼” housing require the BC-1157RING adapter ring.

Harley-Davidson V-Rod Headlights

Saddle Tramp’s 7” oblong oval shaped replacement headlight retrofits Harley-Davidson V-Rod style headlights to provide eight bright CREE LEDs and a projector lens. They are available in two styles, constructed with high-quality materials and rated IP67 for long-lasting performance. The headlights are designed specifically for Harley-Davidson 2002-2017 V-Rod VRSCAW, Muscle and VRSCDX models only. Available in chrome (BC-HDHLR2) or black (BC-HDHLR1) reflector styles.

Motorcycle Headlight Housing and Trim Rings

Saddle Tramp has engineered 5.75” headlight housing buckets and 4.5” fog and turning signal light housing mount buckets to fit Harley-Davidson models, available in chrome or black. Visor style headlight trim rings with a classic 50s profile are also being introduced in chrome or black for 5.75” and 7” headlight sizes, fitting a wide range of Harley-Davidson models. The 7” trim ring extends forward giving the headlight a classic "frenched" style from the 1950s, which recesses the headlamp for an added depth appearance.

5.75” Headlight Housing: Black (BC-HDBUC2) or chrome (BC-HDBUC1) fits select Harley-Davidson Dyna models and more

4.5” Fog/Turning Light Housing: Black (BC-HDBUC5) or chrome (BC-HDBUC6) fits select Harley-Davidson Sportster, 883 and 1200 models and is sold in pairs.

5.75" Trim Ring: Black (BC-HDTRIM1) or chrome (BC-HDTRIM2) fits select Harley-Davidson Sportster, 883, 1200 and Dyna models.

7” Trim Ring: Black (BC-HDTRIM3) or chrome (BC-HDTRIM4) fits select fits Harley-Davidson 1983-2013 Touring, 2012-2014 FLD, 1994-2014 FLHR, 1986-2014-FLST Models

Harley-Davidson Tail Lights and Accessories

Saddle Tramp has designed eight different replacement LED tail lights for Harley-Davidson to provide bright, fast-acting visual alerts. A low-profile chopped fender edge light in a red (BC-HDTL1) or smoke (BC-HDTL2) lens color fits Harley-Davidson Sportsters with a chopped rear fender. For select Harley-Davidson Dyna, Softtail, Sportster and Touring models, a LED tail light with turn signals is available in red (BC-HDTL3) or clear (BC-HDTL4) lens colors, replacing the factory rear tail lamp. For select Touring and Dyna models, a layback, angular style low-profile tail light shaped to complement the rear fender is available in red (BC-HDTL5) or smoke (BC-HDTL6) lens colors. A contemporary style red brake and running light with white license plate LEDs tail light is available in red (BC-HDTL7) or smoke (BC-HDTL8) lens colors. Brake strobe flasher modules which allow the tail light to flash/strobe multiple times and then remain lit until the brake is released are also available for incandescent bulbs (BC-HDBLF) or LED conversion (BC-HDLEDBLF).

Harley-Davidson Lower Fairing Speaker Adapters

New Saddle Tramp adaptors allow the installation of left and right speakers at the lower fairing to provide additional sound directed at the rider, giving a better audio experience. The adapters are designed for a wide range of Harley-Davidson® models and work with the OEM hardware, installing easily with no modification required. Left and right speaker pods are included.

BC-HDLSP-1: Fits 6.5” speaker pods for Harley-Davidson 1994-2013 models with vented lower fairings
BC-HDLFP: Fits 6.5” to 6.75” speaker pods for select Harley-Davidson Touring, Electra Glide and Road Glide Ultra models
BC-HDLFSP-1: Fits 6.5” speaker pods for Harley-Davidson 1983-2013 Touring FL Models

Harley-Davidson Saddlebag Lid Speaker Adapters

Motorcycle audio upgrades replacing the factory speakers will be easier with four new styles of saddlebag lid speaker adapters. The Saddle Tramp adapters are made of ABS plastic, work with the OEM hardware and are sold as a pair with gaskets included.

BC-HD365-1: Each lid fits three 5.25” speakers for Harley-Davidson 1994-2013 Touring and 1994-2012 Ultra Classic, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King models
BC-HDD6X9-1: Each lid fits two 6” x 9” speakers for Harley-Davidson 1994-2013 Touring and 1994-2012 Ultra Classic, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King models
BC-HDD6X9-2: Each lid fits two 6” x 9” speakers for Harley-Davidson 1994-2013 Touring and 1994-2012 Ultra Classic, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King models
BC-HDD6X9-14U: Each lid fits two 6” x 9” speakers for Harley-Davidson 2014-up* Touring, Road King, Road Glide, Street Glide, Electra Glide and Ultra-Classic models

Harley-Davidson Amplifier Mounts
For audio system upgrades, Saddle Tramp has designed vehicle-specific Harley-Davidson mounting brackets to fit Metra PowerSports® micro-amplifiers, which may also fit other micro-amps. The mounting brackets feature durable steel construction with UV powder coating and are available in four different options.

BC-AMP01: Fits all Harley-Davidson Touring models with hard saddlebags
BC-AMP02: Fits 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson Touring Street Glide Models with batwing fairing
BC-AMP03: Fits 1998-2013 Harley-Davidson Touring Street Glide models with batwing fairing
BC-AMP04: Fits 2015 and Up* Harley-Davidson Road Glide models

All of these new products will be on display at CES in the Metra Electronics booth 5211 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 8 - 11, 2019. The new Saddle Tramp catalog will be available to download at on January 8, 2019. *Visit for up-to-date vehicle-specific information.

JL Audio is known for its high-quality audio products manufactured entirely in the United States. At the huge Miramar, Fla. facility, the company utilizes state of the art tools and technology—including an on-site machine shop—to make everything in-house.

Words by Joey Knapp


Back in September I was in South Florida, and reached out to Stephen Turrisi (Director of Training and Technical Services for JL Audio) to see if I could go on a tour of their facility. Regular readers of Tech Today may remember that I had a chance to tour the Focal factory a few years ago, so I was eager to see what was happening at JL Audio.

I have known Steve for many years and it seems fitting for a man so obsessed with magnets to be working at one of the top audio manufacturers. I was thankful that he was... Read the rest of the story HERE.


Now Shipping, the Affordable and Element Ready PMX-BTUR Remote Control Allows

Users to Adjust Volume, Track, Play, and Pause on Android® or Apple® Mobile Devices

TEMPE, Ariz. – December 17, 2018 – Enthusiasts who use a mobile device as their source are going to love this remote’s compatibility due to its Element Ready design, which makes it perfect for any weather or riding condition.

Rockford Fosgate (, the industry leader in high-performance audio systems, is proud to announce the launch of the PMX-BTUR universal Bluetooth® remote control. It’s designed for use on automotive, marine, and SXS steering wheels, or motorcycle handlebars like the Road King® that utilize a mobile device as the source for the audio system. With an MSRP of only $99.99, the PMX-BTUR is now shipping.

“The PMX-BTUR allows the user to adjust Volume, Track, Play, and Pause on Android® or Apple® mobile devices,” explained Jake Braaten, Rockford Vice President of New Product Development and Engineering. “The Bluetooth® 4.0 Smart Ready receiver quickly and easily pairs with your mobile device using an easy one-button pairing control. Two options are included with the remote…a bezel for hand-held control, and a bezel for mounting with a Velcro strap that easily secures the remote to the steering wheel. IP67 Water Intrusion, Salt Spray, and UV Compliant, it’s the ideal remote for marine or SXS enthusiast.”

Additional features and specifications for the PMX-BTUR include:

  • Easy One Button Pairing
  • 10 Meter Bluetooth® Range
  • Compatible with Android 5.0 and Above, iOS 8.0 and Above
  • Up to Two Years of Standby Time
  • Hand-Held and Steering Wheel Options Included
  • LED Pairing Indicator (Green)
  • LED Low Battery Indicator (Red)
  • FCC, IC, RCM, CE Certified
  • 1 Year Warranty

For more information on the PMX-BTUR Bluetooth® universal remote control, please visit


About Rockford Corporation

Setting the standard for excellence in the audio industry, the Rockford Corporation markets and distributes high-performance audio systems for the mobile, motorsport, and marine audio aftermarket and OEM market.  Headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., Rockford Corporation is a publicly traded company and manufactures or distributes its products under multiple brands: Rockford Fosgate(R), CrimeStopper, and Renegade. For more information, please visit:,, and


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December Issue Feature: Waylens Vision Quest

Monday, 17 December 2018

The Support Team: Vision Quest

Establishing a name for itself with cameras for enthusiasts and security purposes, Waylens has its eye on enhancing drivers’ experiences while backing its growing dealer network.

Words by Jamie Sorcher

Born out of the highly respected MIT Media Lab and just a few years fresh from its Kickstarter campaign, Boston-based Waylens is well on its way to becoming a household name in the 12-volt world. Right now, the company has two automotive cameras in the market—Horizon and Secure360.

The company’s mission is to transform the way people enjoy their time behind the wheel. The first product, the Waylens Horizon, is perfect for the enthusiast. It lets drivers capture, edit and share interesting moments and automotive performance data from the road.

The Waylens Secure360 gives owners peace of mind. Lots of folks have basic remote start or security for their cars, but this takes things a step further, according to product manager Aaron Thomas.

“It’s like a mobile-drone option so you can remote start your car when you’re flying back from SEMA and can get it going at the airport before you even get there,” he said. “The big difference is that with existing products, you can’t actually see your car. You can control it, you can start it, but you can’t actually see it. You wouldn’t be able to get the evidence you might need for an insurance claim if something happened. That’s where our camera, the Secure360, steps in and that’s where the 4G connection gives you visual confirmation of... Read the rest of the story HERE.








What’s Happening December 2018

With an increased media presence, a bigger exhibit hall and education sessions added in Spanish or with translators, the second year of KnowledgeFest Long Beach is projected to be even more successful—with the goal of making it an international event.

Words by Rosa Sophia


The first KnowledgeFest Long Beach took place in 2018, attracting over 1,100 attendees, and the second is scheduled for February 23 to 25, 2019. It is anticipated to have roughly the same amount of manufacturer trainings—60 hours—along with 30 to 40 hours of educational sessions.

Chris Cook, president of the Mobile Electronics Association, stated that he anticipates a significant growth in retailer attendance along with more interaction in education sessions. “Our first year was great, and our second year should be even better,” he said. Because more exhibitors are expected, the conference will be taking place in a much larger hall.

“We sold out the space last year,” Cook said, adding that it made sense to choose a larger hall in the Long Beach Convention Center for the 2019 event. “The hall we’re moving into is about 65 percent larger than the hall we used last year,” he noted.

With the completion of the first event came lessons learned, which will be applied to the second Long Beach conference. Also expected is an increased... Read the rest of the story HERE.







Retaining Identity Within the Brand

The team at Al & Ed’s Autosound in Ontario, Calif. sets themselves apart by connecting in unique ways with clients. The shop has increased their focus on driver safety and powersports, while owner Dallas Setyadi envisions a future in which marine audio plays a larger part in his business.

Words by Rosa Sophia

In the mid-nineties, Dallas Setyadi came to the United States from Indonesia and discovered his love for car audio in California. After attending Riverside Community College and earning a degree in business, Setyadi entered the mobile electronics industry.

“I was totally new to car audio and I taught myself how to do installations,” he said, adding that car audio magazines inspired him to take things to the next level. “I would go to competitions, look at their work, buy magazines, and I would learn from all the pictures. That’s when I started teaching myself, and I began doing installs in my garage.” After working independently for two years, he set his sights on Al & Ed’s Autosound.

He worked at five other locations, then arrived at the Ontario, Calif. location, which he eventually bought in 2016 and currently owns.

Setyadi’s shop does a lot of custom fabrication, as well as lights, bumpers, lift kits and vehicle security. As an Al & Ed’s franchise location, name recognition and brand, products and advertising are all part of what the store receives as a member of the franchise.

Switching From Commission to Hourly Improves Staff Morale

The staff consists of Darren Sprayberry, who is the service manager and has been voted both in the Top 12 and the Top 100 Installers in the past; Adrian Preston, technician; Ludwing Monterroso, product specialist; and Franklin Pineda, product specialist. Setyadi himself is both a salesman and an installer.

Recently, the staff went from being commission-based to hourly pay. “Employees wanted it that way,” Setyadi said. “Some of them have been with us a long time and they are getting a little older, so they may not be as fast. Commission is great because you get more money, but it’s high paced, rapid and tough. With hourly, they can take more time with working on the... Read the rest of the story HERE.






How can you get the most out of your TSS or point-of-sale program? Consider the many features you may not be utilizing and learn to apply them to maximize both efficiency and profits.

Words by Richard Basler

When I was asked if I would be willing to write an article about the top 10 things you may not know about TSS, I said yes to the opportunity pretty quickly. I was excited about the chance to write an article for Mobile Electronics magazine, but nervous as well, since I had never written an article before. After a couple of days I began to think about what readers might have to say about a TSS article, such as, “Oh, great, another story about TSS.” But when I gave it some further thought, I realized I could write the article about TSS—and incorporate my thoughts and opinions based on 22 years of retail experience, which included using TSS at a 12-volt retail store, and other point-of-sale programs I worked with during that time.

It still surprises me when I speak with retailers and hear how little they are actually using of their TSS or point-of-sale program. These programs are designed to help us, but they are often underutilized. In this article, my goal is to provide TSS users with new information, so they can take full advantage of the program’s capabilities. I also want to provide some general information to encourage retailers to use TSS, or any other point-of-sale programs, in order to better manage and track their businesses.

Google Calendar Sync with TSS Scheduler

In TSS you can link each bay on the schedule screen to a Google Calendar you create within an existing Google Account. When you create a Google Account, a calendar is one of the features of that account. You have the ability to create additional calendars and name them whatever you choose. Each calendar you create is provided its own unique calendar ID.

To create the link between a bay on the schedule screen in TSS with a Google Calendar, begin by highlighting and copying the calendar ID of the first calendar and then close all browsers on the computer. Now go into the employee record for bay 1 of TSS, click the edit tab, then click the link tab, paste the ID into the calendar ID field of the window that opens and click the OK tab. Make sure there are... [Click Here] to read the rest of the feature.


Loud and Proud

With a strong SPL heritage, brick-and-mortar business model, unwavering respect for its dealers and solid Midwest values, DD Audio delivers not just the goods, but its good nature to all.

Words by Jamie Sorcher

Deep in the heart of America, based in Oklahoma City—a place nicknamed the Big Friendly—is where DD Audio has made its home. The company’s products, including marine, mobile, home, professional and industrial markets, as well as OEM, are American-designed and manufactured.

“We are very well known for our big subwoofers,” said sales and service manager Kevin Doyle, who has been with the company for nine years and is one of its 35 employees. “Our heritage is competition.”

Always Available to Assist Dealers, Above and Beyond today, DD Audio not only continues to carry that torch, but also maintains the incredibly strong rapport it has built with its dealer base. Part of that foundation comes from DD Audio’s sales team that is... Read the rest of the story HERE.






Community Focused

While Car-Tunes Inc. continues an ongoing remodel and prepares for a January anniversary marking 35 years in business, owner Kimberly Trainer makes innovation and strategy a part of her daily routine with the goal of giving clients exactly what they are looking for.

Words by Rosa Sophia

Car-Tunes Inc. in Greenville, Miss. endeavors to give the people what they want. When a nearby music store closed down several years ago, locals came into Car-Tunes and asked if they sold guitar strings, said owner Kimberly Trainer. “It just fits in so well with what we do.” She added that the business now sells musical instruments and related equipment to churches, schools, hobbyists and more.

Space for these items was factored into the recent remodel, which is still ongoing. “Eighteen years ago, we were a car stereo shop,” Trainer said, “but now we also have equal amounts of marine equipment, motorcycle equipment and safety items. We also sell guitars, keyboards and drums. Everything we do has to do with music.” Even Trainer’s youngest daughter is a musician and first learned to play the piano using a keyboard in the store.

Thanks to the remodel, everything is very interactive, she added. Customers can plug their phones into the units on the soundboard and listen to their own music to experience available products. Relatively new to home theater, the shop also offers an area for sampling theater-grade surround sound, Trainer said, along with popcorn for the ultimate experience.

Car-Tunes has been open since 1984, and Trainer has owned the business since 2001. In January of 2019, the shop will have been open for 35 years. According to Trainer, it began as an investment and became a passion.

From Banking and Finance to Business Ownership

Eighteen years ago, Trainer was looking for an investment. She went into Car-Tunes one day and asked the owner whether he’d be interested in selling. “He said no. He had started the business,” Trainer said. “But he thought about it, and a few weeks later he called me back and... Read the rest of the story HERE.





Las Vegas, Nev. – (October 29, 2018) SCOSCHE® – (pronounced skōsh/skohsh) Industries, innovators of award-winning consumer technology, powersports, car audio products and accessories will be introducing new products across the board at the upcoming SEMA and AAPEX Shows in Las Vegas, Nev. Visit us at SEMA in Booth #11717, North Hall of the Convention Center, and at AAPEX in Booth# 5542, Level 2 at the Sands Expo Center, for a demonstration of these and other innovative Scosche products.

The MagicMount™ Charge Direct Fit Qi-Wireless Charging Solutions join the Scosche range of MagicMount Pro Charge Wireless Charging window, dash and vent-mounted options. We’re adding to the growing line of Direct Fit vehicle make- and model-specific options, which now includes Toyota Tacoma and Tesla 3, as well as a universal version. The Universal version was selected by TWICE for a 2018 Very Important Product (VIP) Award.

The MagicMount Charge Direct Fit combines the latest (and safest) Qi Wireless Charging technology with the #1 U.S. mount brand. It provides up to 10W of charging power, supports Apple and Samsung Fast Charge, and holds your device securely with powerful, 100% device-safe Neodymium magnets. Qi-Certified for compatibility with current and future Qi-enabled devices, the Direct Fit includes advanced safety features such as foreign object detection.

Building on the success of the BaseClamp and TerraClamp lines of powersports mounts, Scosche will be debuting their latest addition, Terra2Clamps . Built from heavy duty resin and rust-free stainless steel hardware, Terra2Clamps, come in two sizes, which can be adjusted to accommodate a range of diameters from 1 to 3.5 inches. Designed to securely mount everything from a phone to a fire extinguisher to ATVs, UTVs, PWCs, boats, bikes and motorcycles, Terra2Clamps are adaptable, adjustable and affordable.

As the innovator of in-dash vehicle integration products, Scosche introduced the first generation of Integrated TouchScreen Control (ITC) installation kits in 2012. T his year we are excited to introduce the first kits to include a dual, full-color touchscreen system to control the vehicle’s HVAC, as well as other vehicle technology systems and convenience features. The kit requires no complex programming or cutting of any of the OEM wiring in the vehicle during installation.

The latest Scosche ITC line is comprised of: The Integrated Car series kits contain touch panel control or Digital Display Retention Interfaces. The Link Series Interfaces offer all information necessary to keep the vehicle fully operable when the radio is upgraded to an aftermarket model, including steering wheel controls retention. The Link+ Series adds features like amplifier retention, reverse camera retention, and/or USB retention. Amplifier add-ons for select European vehicles allow you to keep your SKU mix in check, so you stock the right balance of interfaces and amplifier upgrades. Follow us on: Instagram (@scoscheinc) and @scosche on Twitter, Facebook, GOOGLE+, Pinterest and LinkedIn for the latest news on all of the company’s award-winning consumer tech and car audio products and accessories.

Las Vegas, Nev. – (October 29, 2018) SCOSCHE® – (pronounced skōsh/skohsh) Industries, a leading innovator of car audio, powersports, and consumer technology products will showcase their products in no less than 24 show vehicles at this year’s SEMA Show. SEMA attendees are invited to visit Scosche in the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall at Booth #11717 to see our latest car audio installation solutions, newest powersports mounts line, Direct Fit Qi-wireless charging solutions, and mobile accessories for most domestic and imported vehicles.

Scosche’s headline vehicle this year is a unique 2018 Jeep JL Rubicon , built by the pros at Rockstar Garage of Southern California . It is supported by a host of top automotive aftermarket companies including:
Performance enhancements : Battery by Odyssey; Intake by K&N; Tuner by SuperChips; and Exhaust by MagnaFlow
Protection : Front and rear high-clearance bumpers by Gen-Right Offroad; and Sliders by Rockslide Engineering.Suspension: Shocks by Fox: 3.0; and 2.5” Lift by Rock Krawler. Lights : Pods and Rock Lights by GG Lighting. Wheels and Tires: Addict 2: Wheels by KMC; and 37” Extreme Country Tires by Dick Cepek. Recovery: Zeon S-12 Winch by Warn; and Fair Lead by Factor 55. Miscellaneous: Bantam 8 Switch Control System by sPOD; CO2 Air System by PowerTank.; Electric Cooler by Dometic; and Rooftop Tent by CVT. The Jeep wouldn’t be complete without road-tested Scosche products, including: MagicMount™ Pro Window/Dash Device Mounts, the Revolt Dual Charger, and EFX Installation Wiring. "The Scosche Family is excited to present this year's product line-up at SEMA!

We have over 200 new products represented in vehicles throughout the show in our Brand Ambassadors’ and Industry Partners’ booths. Visit us at the Scosche booth #11717, and check out one (or more) of the two dozen, fully modified show vehicles loaded with Scosche gear."
– Kas Alves, Executive Vice President, Scosche Industries


Visit Booth, #90060 In South Hall Upper level, to see the RSG build of Scosche’s 2018 CanAm X3 rs Turbo R, with a custom UTV Wolfpack roll cage, lighting by GG Lighting, KMC Machete wheels, Micky Thompson Baja Claws tires and more. This is also a great opportunity to see
Scosche PowerSports mounts in use on the vehicle. Scosche’s two headline vehicles from the 2017 SEMA Show, supported by top automotive aftermarket companies, will be back for 2018! The updated 2017 Camburg Racing built Scosche Toyota Tacoma TRD will be on display
at the DECKED exhibit, in the Silver Lot #61022 . Scosche’s 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali, which has been rebuilt into a massive
Overland vehicle, will be on display in the Titan Fuel Tanks exhibit in the Silver Lot #62002. In addition to our four show vehicles, look for Scosche products that feature in the project vehicle builds of 20 of our automotive industry partners throughout SEMA. There’s something
for everyone and every interest, from a rugged, hard-working, yet still great-looking, array of trucks, to some seriously well-equipped (and seriously fun) UTV and ATV vehicles. Scosche products look good in every vehicle, as you will see – from the best of American muscle – the new Dodge Demon, to the refined European power of Porsche and BMW.


Visit Scosche at the AAPEX Show – Booth# 5542, Level 2, Sands Expo Center, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2. Follow us on: Instagram (@scoscheinc) and @scosche on Twitter, Facebook, GOOGLE+, Pinterest and LinkedIn for the latest news on all of the company’s award-winning consumer tech and car audio products and accessories. And also visit our company Press Room on


24 Oct

October Issue Feature: Winter is Coming

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Retailers have remote start season and the holidays in common, but each business has its own unique way of tackling year-end opportunities.

Words by Rosa Sophia

Retailers everywhere are gearing up for remote start season and beginning to prepare for the holidays. In Vernon, Conn., ACT Audio and Mill St. Auto presented the Cruise’n on 83 event on the twenty-third of September. The sound-off drew a big crowd, trophies were awarded and ACT Audio raffled off items—including a Viper remote start.

This was the shop’s first time hosting such an event. “One of the reasons we do remote starters in raffles and giveaways is because, in the customers’ eyes, they hold so much value,” said James P. Smith, who manages ACT Audio with business partner Adam Thomas. Smith remarked that while a $200 gift card could be offered instead, the customer tends to feel the remote starter is worth more to them. Customers then pay for the work involved and any add-ons. The shop has no trouble selling remote starters. According to Smith, they sell between 700 and 800 per year, and they don’t need to advertise very much at all.

“We’re a very busy remote starter store,” Smith said, adding that the shop gets backed up with work very easily. “The year before last, we were six weeks backed up.” If the shop advertised remote starters, they’d have to start rejecting clients, Smith added.

ACT Audio attributes much of its recent success and improvements to KnowledgeFest. Two years ago, Smith attended for the first time. “I didn’t realize what was out there,” he said. “KnowledgeFest reignited my fire, so I went back and worked really hard to implement what I always wanted and make a grade-A store. We did the expansion and changed the... Read the rest of the story HERE.



Enduring Through the Years
Cerwin-Vega Mobile has gone through many changes since the brand was first founded in 1954. With a small team dedicated to helping dealers and installers, the tech support and product development departments of Cerwin-Vega continue to persevere.
Words by Jamie Sorcher
When you’ve been in car audio since 1972, and worked for—and started—some of the most iconic brands in the business, it’s second nature to run a tech support team of one. Just ask Larry Frederick, who heads up new product development and tech support for Diamond Audio/Cerwin-Vega Mobile.
Founded back in 1954 by Gene Czerwinski, an aerospace engineer and a devoted music fan, the Cerwin-Vega brand has a unique heritage (honored with an Academy Award for special technical achievement in film for Sensurround, not to mention relationships with bands like The Rolling Stones and The Boom Town Rats). It remains a cornerstone in the home and pro audio universe, and gives Cerwin-Vega Mobile its solid reputation in the market today—even as 12-volt continues to drastically evolve.
The Simple Approach to Tech Support
Today, Cerwin-Vega Mobile has maintained a loyal following even as its ownership has changed over the years. When Cerwin-Vega was... Read the rest of the story HERE.

Home Grown

JC Audio operates from the very same building in which owner Jeff Cantrell first got started in the industry. Today, JC Audio is a robust business that is also giving back by hosting training sessions at its location.

Words by Rosa Sophia


Opening in November of 2001, it seemed that JC Audio was meant to be. Owner Jeff Cantrell knew almost from beginning what he wanted, though prior to his involvement in the industry, he had a few other short-lived jobs.

As a kid, Cantrell worked for his uncles’ asphalt business, laying asphalt and sealing parking lots. During the summers, he worked at a hardware store. “It was from my uncles that I learned the importance of having a skill, and that I’d always be able to support myself if that was the case,” he said.

For several months, he even learned and taught line dancing and built sets at a dance studio. At 16, he got into 12-volt and never looked back.

“I grew up in a family of entrepreneurial parents, brothers and uncles who taught me the value of hard work,” Cantrell said. “Mobile electronics is simply the vehicle to which I’ve applied these principles, in order to build a career.”

In high school, Cantrell studied electrical theory. He recalled his high school electronics teacher, Mr. Johnston, “who never settled for anything less than a perfect job.” Cantrell went on to receive an Associate’s Degree in Business Management in 1999. Now, Cantrell is an MECP Master Technician and stated that he even had the opportunity to contribute to part of the latest MECP Mobile Product Specialist study guide. With a focus on learning and sharing knowledge, Cantrell continues... Read the rest of the story HERE.


Introspection Leads the Way

Those who took home awards agreed that giving back to the community, offering encouragement to others and learning to be self-aware are essential aspects to fostering growth in the industry.

Words by Rosa Sophia

As everyone gathered in the banquet hall for the industry awards announcements, many attendees who were up for awards shared in both excitement and nervousness. A number of the winners who were called up on stage later said they felt as if they’d fumbled—such was the feeling of overwhelm. Ethan Blau of Sound Wave Customs in Virginia Beach, Va. expressed a similar sentiment.

Later, after the awards had been given out and this year’s winners had time to absorb the reality of it, Blau commented on his hopes for the future. “We try to help and give back,” he said of him and his team. “I want to keep going that route and hopefully inspire others. Maybe push people past their limits and help them beyond their fears.”

This year, Sound Wave Customs was awarded Retailer of the Year for a single store. It hasn’t completely sunk in for Blau—not yet. “It’s still so new,” he added.

Making Connections at KnowledgeFest

At one of the most successful KnowledgeFest events to date, attendees shared how much they’d learned from workshops, manufacturer trainings and by talking to reps and networking on the show floor. By the time the awards event came around on Sunday evening, a lot of new connections had already been made.

Solomon Daniels, editor-in-chief of Mobile Electronics magazine, went up on stage and reminded everyone in attendance, “You have homework. That’s the attitude you have to take away from KnowledgeFest.”

After gathering a plethora of information at the show, Daniels stated... Read the rest of the story HERE.

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