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DOW & Sponsoring Manufacturers Focus on Support for Small to Medium Businesses

TAMPA, Fla. (August 16, 2023) – DOW Technologies, the leading independently owned technology distributor, hosted their fourth DOW Elite Dealer Retreat July 31 and August 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, Georgia. DOW brought in over 250 customer attendees representing 141 companies to attend the two-day event.

The DOW Elite Dealer Retreat brings dealers to a relaxed, resort atmosphere where they attend manufacturer trainings, product demonstrations, a trade show and get a good mix of networking and fun. On Monday, dealers heard from Bryan Schmitt of Mobile Solutions and Rich De Sclafani of RDV Automotive Technologies. The two talked about the difficulties small business owners face and highlighted the value of working with good partners. Drew Fischer, director of sales at DOW Technologies, related the stories told by Schmitt and De Sclafani to the struggles the attendees face and how DOW can be a partner to help them with those issues. After the opening ceremony, dealers attended five unique sessions with different manufacturers that offered training and an opportunity to provide feedback. The evening was capped off with a cocktail hour that featured yard games and a networking dinner.

On Tuesday morning, dealers attended business improvement sessions that were designed to highlight opportunities for business owners to expand their offerings and add revenue. Following the classes, dealers attended a trade show featuring 40 manufacturers and vendors. After the trade show, dealers and manufacturers spent the afternoon networking along the shore of beautiful Lake Oconee. DOW offered the opportunity for attendees to take a relaxing ride on a pontoon boat, swim in the pool or lake, compete in games for great prizes, or check out a car show that featured demo cars from Alpine, Sony, Metra, Triton, JVC, Kicker and Gladen.

"We're thrilled to have orchestrated this wonderful opportunity for dealers and manufacturers to reconnect in a relaxed setting, fostering meaningful conversations and valuable interactions," remarked Drew Fischer. "At DOW, we're committed to consistently exploring innovative avenues for distinctive programs and services. This event stands as a genuine hallmark, setting us apart within the industry."

Quotes from participating dealers

“The DOW Elite Retreat was freaking awesome!!! DOW has done an amazing job of setting up this event at a gorgeous Ritz Carlton resort at Lake Oconee. As soon as we arrived, they handed us our badges, merch bag, and a Samsung Portable Projector that I immediately geeked out over! The vendor classes were exceptional, not only did they show us the latest and greatest products (Sony’s new OLED made my eyes melt) but also gave us tips and hidden menus that not many people know about. I was able to link up with sales reps to get me on the track to become a certified dealer for their products. The event gave me the chance to meet and network with other dealers in my local area and out of state that I can collaborate with on projects and ideas. Being on the CI part of DOW, having the opportunity to see all the 12volt technology that they are putting in cars and boats makes me want to expand more into other ventures.”

Michael Irwin, Going Digital Inc, Boca Raton, Fla.

“Our time at the DOW Retreat was amazing. They really know how to treat their dealers while still educating us on new and exciting products. We got to meet so many other business owners like us. It was truly eye opening to see all the new products and possibilities we could bring back. We are excited for the next DOW Retreat already.”

Jessica Sharpe, Georgetown TV & Audio LLC, Georgetown, Texas

“The Elite Retreat was an overall great experience. It was an opportunity for us to connect with other people in our industry and talk to representatives from our many vendors. We came away with an immense amount of new knowledge that we can now use to better serve our customers.”

Mike Morales, Quality TV, North Port, Fla.

“Got a lot of information on CI solutions that I’ve never installed before. I was engaged on everything that I saw. It gave me ideas and helped me see other money avenues. Of all the events that I’ve been to, this has been the best. You all went out of your way to accommodate your dealers and show us appreciation.”

Ty Claiborne, Local TV Pro LLC, Maryville, Tenn.

Quotes from participating manufacturers

“DOW’s Elite Retreat continues to deliver solid ROI, but you have to engage and not approach this as just another trade show selling event or product training opportunity. Its dealer relationship marketing throughout the entire high class event, blended with focus group insights stemming from your breakout sessions. And finally, capping it all off with a trade show frenzy of two to three hours pitching your latest and greatest products and brand value approach. The event delivers on all levels.”

Rick Kojan, Sony

“DOW’s Elite Retreat was overall a great success for Alpine! One of the major benefits for Alpine was the ability to interact one-on-one with dealers during all aspects of the event and provide live demos. The training classes provided us multiple groups throughout the day that allowed us to answer questions, gather feedback directly, and gave dealers the chance to be heard. An amazing event that creates lasting partnership for all that attend.”

Roy Meyer, Alpine

“The 2023 Dow Elite Retreat truly captured what being a partner vendor is all about. I received so many positive comments about the phenomenal venue, but more importantly, the feeling of being a part of a special family. The connection between the ownership, management, and sales team at Dow with the many customers and vendors, is forging a very rare bond. Being able to collaborate with so many other companies and having the opportunity to hear the many different ideas, makes it a very special event. The topper was when John Yodzis took notice of the younger generation with their parents and expressed how much he loved that they were there soaking it all in. That brought it all into a perspective of continuing a great tradition and looking to future generations of entrepreneurs and innovators in our industry.”

Ray Sanchez, Ethereal

“I have been to a lot of distributor events over the years but this had to be one of the best I have ever had the privilege of attending. The Dow team were spot on in regards to location, dealer attendance, and the mix between business and fun.”

Paul Trueman, SiriusXM

To learn more about DOW Technologies, please visit www.dowtechnologies.com or call 1.800.627.2900.

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., DOW Technologies is one of the largest independently owned and operated technology distributors servicing independent retailers in the United States for 64 years. With six locations serving Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, southern California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., DOW Technologies focuses on distributing products and technologies that enhance lives at home, at work and on the road.

DOW Technologies’ areas of business include:

                       • Car Audio/Video                                       • Custom Integration/Consumer Electronics

                       • Broadband                                              • Satellite & Terrestrial Television

                       • Surveillance                                             • Marine Audio and Accessories

                       • Commercial Audio/Video                          • UCaaS

DANIA BEACH, Fla. -- SounDigital USA is excited to reintroduce a legend in the car audio industry. After years (and years and years and years) of being asked, SounDigital has decided it needed to step back into the realm of High End Car Audio, and bring back the legendary GaN amplifier.

This new series of amplifiers is a step up from the previous iteration, and will provide dealers with a much more versatile solution for their clients. SounDigital is doing things a bit different with this line, and that is making a product exclusive to select car audio retailers. It is important to understand why GaN is different, why it is going to be used specifically in an automotive application, and why this product is not being put into application in the powersports world.

This is why the team at SounDigital USA has decided to introduce the product to all retailers at KnowledgeFest Dallas, and focus their training time to let car audio retailers know why this product is special. 

If you are a car audio retailer attending KnowledgeFest Dallas, make sure to swing by the booth when the floor opens, and make sure you attend the training on Saturday Evening, to get the real scoop on GaN. For more information about SounDigital, please visit http://www.SounDigitalUSA.com or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The time has come for the best of the best of the Mobile Electronics Industry to step up and be recognized.
 
August 18, 2023, North Andover, Mass — The Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), producer of Mobile Electronics magazine, announced that industry professionals can now submit their nominations for inclusion in the 2024 Industry Awards. Nominations will be accepted until September 13th.
 
The Mobile Electronics Industry Awards celebrate companies and individuals that best exemplify the highest standards of quality and service excellence. Winners represent the industry at-large to consumers and act as ideal examples to better peers within the industry. The process starts with nominations submitted online and via video. A panel of judges selects the Top 50 Retailers, Top 50 Installers, and Top 20 Sales Professionals, which are eligible to move on to the second phase of the awards process. In addition to the retailer nominations, the process for recognizing top vendors, sales reps and firms, and distributors is open for nominations as well. Final awards are given out at a special ceremony held on the last day of KnowledgeFest Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel & Convention Center held February 2-4, 2024.
 
“The Industry Awards process is one of the most anticipated events in the mobile electronics industry,” said Chris Cook, MEA president. “It’s the one time when professionals are called on to promote themselves in one phase, then reach out to their peers and customers for support in the next phase. The final phase is a grueling preparation of materials for judging that often reveals aspects—both positive and negative—of a person’s character or work ethic, or a business’ focus and direction. Most who have gone through the process say it is as fulfilling as it is challenging.”
 
Mobile Electronics is accepting nominations through its special website at www.MEIndustryAwards.com. Nominees submit a short video outlining their qualifications. Retailers, installation technicians, vendors, distributors, and sales representatives have until September 13th to submit nominations.
Complete information on the Industry Awards, including rules, award descriptions, past winners, eligibility requirements, instructions and submissions can be found at MEIndustryAwards.com.
 
About the 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, 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.
 
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Holly Hill, Fla. – August 15, 2023 – Metra Electronics® will attend KnowledgeFest™ at the Dallas Convention Center and Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, August 25-27, to showcase their latest aftermarket installation products and host new training sessions. They will display a 2023 Ford Bronco, fully customized with Metra products, at their booth, #811. Metra’s training sessions will cover new Shuriken Lithium Series batteries, dash kits for the newest vehicle applications, integrations for Tesla, next-generation Axxess DSP products, innovations from iBEAM Vehicle Safety Systems, and more! Attendees will also learn about Metra's new dealer-only brands; Proscenium, featuring high-quality audio products, and Tsunami®, featuring clean wire solutions for audio installations. Training sessions will include:

“Metra's 2023 New Products Overview” - August 25th at 12:30 PM

Overview and education on Metra's newest products launched at the 2022 SEMA Show. This training covers Shuriken's new line of lithium-ion and lithium-iron batteries, dash kits for the newest vehicle applications, integrations for Tesla, next-generation Axxess DSP products, innovations from iBEAM Vehicle Safety Systems, and more! Attendees will also learn about Metra's new dealer-only brands, Proscenium and Tsunami®.

“Axxess New Product Overview” - August 25th at 1:45 PM

Learn about the newest integration accessories from Axxess, designed to help installers deliver upgraded sound systems and everyday convenience to drivers with less labor and work in the install bay. This training will cover new vehicle-specific DSP packages, amp retention interfaces, STOP/START engine override interfaces, AXTC Series interfaces, line output converters, DSP T-harnesses, and more.

“Proscenium LOCs and Tsunami Wiring, Our Dealer-Only Product Lines” - August 25th at 3:00 PM

Two new dealer-only brands have been added under the Metra Electronics umbrella. Proscenium offers high-quality products that every installer needs when designing a flexible audio system, including High-Voltage Active Line Output Converters (LOCs), Premium Active LOCs with Bass Restoration, and Premium Load Resistors. This session will also cover new clean wire solutions such as audio connections, power, ground, and speaker wire, amp installation kits, battery terminals, distribution blocks, fuse holders, and more from Metra's newly revived Tsunami® brand.

"New Motorcycle & PowerSports Upgrades” - August 26th at 4:15 PM

New accent lighting, driving lights, audio accessories, and more are designed to fit select Harley-Davidson®, Indian, and Can-AM Rykers. New products covered will include a 7" Reflector Headlight with Full Halo, 4.5" Reflector Passing Lights with Full Halo, a 16-Piece Chasing LED Strip Kit, Cut-In Saddlebag Lids, a Vent Grille Light, Keystone Lights, new Speaker adapter harnesses, a new Chasing Accent Lighting Kit, and much more. This training will show you how to easily stylize your customers' motorcycles and powersports vehicles with less time spent on wiring and custom fabrication.

"Simplify your Install with Axxess DSPs” - August 26th at 5:30 PM

The AXDSP-X and AXDSP-L lines are patented DSP products that help simplify installation and provide affordable audio solutions. This training will cover Axxess DSPs, highlight new vehicle-specific products, and showcase the newest app features. Metra's experts will explain how these solutions can increase sales in the showroom and decrease installation time, as well as how to use and set up Axxess DSPs through the app for complete tuning control when to use the DSP “Lite” versus “X” solutions, and more.

Metra’s customers can register for the KnowledgeFest event at no cost using Metra’s VIP code, available by request from their sales representative. Once registered for the event, attendees will also need to register online at KnowledgeFest.org for each training session they will attend.

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

Auburn Hills, Mich. (Aug. 15, 2023) – Following the launch of “Alpine Park” on Roblox in May, Alps Alpine North America, Inc. (“Alpine”) continues to invest in the virtual world and younger fan base by adding a new AI (artificial intelligence) character integration to the game experience. Designed in collaboration with Inworld AI, Trigger XR, and Stage3 Agency, Alpine is the first commercialized brand to launch this feature on Roblox.   

“We’re no stranger to having ‘firsts’ in the car audio industry, but now we’re excited to be the first commercialized brand to introduce an AI Character integration on the Roblox platform,” said Mike Anderson, Executive Director of the Alpine Brand Aftermarket Division at Alps Alpine North America, Inc. “This feature will be instrumental in engaging with the younger generation and provides them with a unique opportunity to learn about the Alpine brand in a more casual and approachable environment that’s tailored to their interests.” 

The new integration, powered by Inworld AI, a developer platform for AI characters, allows users to chat with NPCs (non-playable characters) modeled after an Alpine “Brand Specialist” and an Alpine “Fandom Enthusiast.” The characters are preprogrammed to discuss Alpine’s product story and fandom using custom knowledge bases and distinct personalities designed to align with the Alpine brand.  

The Alpine Brand Specialist, “Cohen,” represents the Alpine brand and is a wealth of product, tech, and service knowledge. His main objective is to educate users on the brand, help them feel empowered in their purchase decisions, and visit their local Alpine Authorized Retailer.  

The Alpine Fandom Enthusiast, “Carlos,” is a longtime lover of the Alpine brand who enjoys an active weekend lifestyle. Donning the iconic Alpine “Chiclet” tee (available for purchase on the Alpine website www.alpine-usa.com), his main objective is to meet and engage with fellow Alpine fans and share their enthusiasm for the products and services of the brand.  

In addition to providing a unique brand experience for the younger generation, the launch of this feature positions Alpine for future retail opportunities on and off the platform.  

"Trigger XR is so excited to work with Alpine on this groundbreaking Roblox launch,” said Jason Yim, Founder and CEO of Trigger XR. “Not only will we be creating a fun and engaging playground and a showcase of Alpine's products and personality, but it will also be the world's first commercialization of Inworld's AI character platform into Roblox. We believe this pioneering approach – applying character AI from the games industry to solve retail challenges – will set an early blueprint for both virtual and physical shopping experiences in the near future." 

Users can find the characters in Alpine Park on the “showroom” floor near the Alpine demo vehicles.  

Roblox is a mass multiplayer platform with over 200 million active users each month and can be accessed online on a computer or PC, a smartphone via Google Play or the App Store, an Xbox gaming system, or a VR headset. Alpine Park can be found by searching “Alpine Park” on the Roblox platform or at https://www.roblox.com/games/12956278832/Alpine-Park

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

Inworld AI is a developer platform for building AI characters. Inworld goes beyond large language models (LLMs) and adds performance, configurable safety, knowledge, memory, narrative controls, multimodality, and more. The company focuseson enabling character-based interactions for immersive experiences like video games, brand activations, and training simulations. Inworld is backed by top-tier investors including Intel Capital, Microsoft’s M12 fund, BITKRAFT Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Founders Fund, Disney Accelerator, and Epic MegaGrants. 

Trigger XR is the world’s most experienced XR developer and agency. For over 14 years, they've been strategizing, building, and running AR, VR, XR and immersive experiences for the world’s top brands, including Disney, Verizon, LEGO, the NBA, the PGA TOUR, Nike, Sony, Starbucks and Molson Coors, along with premium entertainment IP including Spider-Man, Star Wars, Avengers, Jurassic World, and more. Trigger XR is also exclusive early development partners with Niantic, Qualcomm, Snap, Meta, Adobe, and Google, as well as premier partners with 8th Wall and Unity. For more information about Trigger XR, visit www.triggerxr.com.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® played host to more than 20 dealers and rep firms here last week during a two-day training and tour of KICKER World Headquarters, which included hands-on experience with KICKER product and discussions with company executives from Sales, Marketing, Product Planning, and Research and Development. The tour began with the background story about the brand’s inception, shared by KICKER founder and CEO Steve Irby.

“It’s always enjoyable to welcome our dealer guests onto our campus,” said Tom Heath, KICKER Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We hope our visitors learn a little bit about what makes KICKER different, and we tend to get a lot of positive feedback after they’ve spent time with us for a few days.”

“It's easy to look at KICKER from afar and think it's another huge corporate entity,” said Bob Hernandez of distributor GoFast Solutions . “The truth is that's not accurate at all. Hearing Steve address the group is heartwarming. I've heard him do it several times and I'm touched every time. The peek behind the curtain at all the different departments – it gives great insight.”

The class received hands-on training with the SoloX® Subwoofer reconing process, led by KICKER Tech Force training manager Aaron Malin. Malin also led the group on an extensive tour of the facility, including a chance to audition speakers in the company’s listening lab.

In other activities, the group experienced a demo of the outrageous KICKER Ford® Bronco, equipped with nine, 12-inch SoloX subwoofers and 36,000 watts worth of KICKER Warhorse® amplification (anticipated release in late 2023). The Bronco will make another appearance this year at KnowledgeFest in Dallas, and again at the SEMA Show in November.

Marking a KICKER dealer-visit first, personnel from authorized dealer Brian’s Motorsports (Hendersonville, Tenn.) brought “Big Debra,” a converted bread truck, from their home base outside of Nashville, as well as their in-house videographer to document the experience. The modified ride features a pair of enormous KICKER Quad Boxes loaded with Solo-Baric® L7R Square Subwoofers, KS-Series Coaxials, and five CXA-Series Amplifiers. The three-minute recap can be seen on the Brian’s Motorsports YouTube® channel.

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.

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Now Shipping and Optimized for Sound Quality and Durability, the Updated Kits Now Include a 1,000 Watt, 10-Inch SSV Works V-Series Subwoofer

OXNARD, Calif., August 14, 2023 – SSV Works (www.ssvworks.com), the market leader in powersports and off-road audio systems, is proud to announce new plug-&-play subwoofer add-on kits for select Polaris models with Ride Command. Now available with an MSRP of $999.99, the three updated kits now include a 10-inch SSV Works V-Series subwoofer.

“With a thumping 1,000 Watt MAX (500 Watt RMS) SSV Works V-Series subwoofer, these kits are a perfect and easy add-on to select Polaris models that come with stock factory audio that don’t include subwoofers,” explained Trevor Kaplan, SSV Works CEO. “Complete with pre-installed subwoofer, subwoofer enclosure, 500-watt Kicker mono amp, and plug-&-play wiring, these SSV Works kits add deep, clean bass to your system and could not be easier to install.”

The new kits are available for the following: 

  • Polaris Ranger w/Ride-Command (RG4-1VRC)
  • Polaris RZR w/Ride-Command (RZ34-1VRC)
  • Polaris RZR Pro Series w/Ride-Command (RZ5-1VRC)

With its convenient plug-&-play solution, no soldering, cutting, or crimping is required. Simply bolt down the subwoofer enclosure, run the wiring, turn the key, and go. It is that simple.

“The kits’ fit and finish make it look as though it came straight from the factory and not stick out like a sore thumb,” Kaplan added. “Trail ready, SSV Works equipment are built with both performance and durability in mind. Mud, dirt, water, or snow, SSV Works audio systems can handle it all.”

For more information, please visit www.SSVWorks.com, call 818-991-1SSV (1778), or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Based out of its 20,000-square-foot facility in Oxnard, CA, award-winning SSV Works®, was founded in 2006 and has since become a global leader in designing the market's best off-road, weatherproof audio systems for today's hottest and most popular UTVs. SSV Works is the original purpose-built audio manufacturer, offering every piece needed for a complete, plug-&-play install. With more than 40 years in audio design and manufacturing experience by team members who are also passionate off-road enthusiasts, SSV Works is the top choice among off-road consumers and professionals worldwide. SSV Works currently offers stereo systems for Polaris, Can-Am, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda, Arctic Cat, and Jeep vehicles. Take your ride to the next level and install an SSV Works system today!

Bebany is Based in the Corporate Offices in Edmonton, AB Canada

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, August 11, 2023 – Eleven Engineering, Inc. (www.elevenengineering.com), a market leader in semiconductor products for wireless audio for home theater, multi-room, portable, professional, 12 Volt (car, truck, motorcycle, power sports, marine) and gaming applications, is proud to announce that its expanding Research & Development Design department has added Arancha Bebany to the team.

“As our SKAA technologies and products offerings continue to grow, we needed to add to our engineering team to keep up with worldwide demand,” said Rex Whitehead, Eleven Engineering executive vice president, sales & marketing. “Arancha has an impressive engineering education and background, making him the ideal wireless and software developer that we are looking for to help us grow. We are pleased to have Arancha on board.”

Bebany has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Alberta.

“I joined Eleven because of its exciting research and design opportunities with their proprietary SKAA wireless technology,” explained Bebany. “I envision SKAA taking over the wireless audio market. Through my efforts along with the efforts of Eleven’s exceptional team already in place, I look forward to what the future will bring for SKAA.”

SKAA wireless lets the integrator easily create a dedicated multi-room home audio superhighway with a long range up to 150 feet with a robust, interference-free low-latency signal eliminating lip-sync issues with TV and gaming. SKAA-enabled products can stream music between them, up to four sets simultaneously – one transmitter to four devices. In environments laden with heavy Wi-Fi and Bluetooth traffic, SKAA navigates through these hostile environments with best-in-class reliability. SKAA also allows for uninterrupted audio signals that are delivered with the highest sound quality to all speakers without the latency that is inherent in other wireless solutions.

SKAA is available as a built-in technology not requiring an external transmitter in purpose-designed partner products. SKAA transmitters work with iOS & Android mobile devices, Mac & Windows computers, televisions, and just about any product with a line output or a headphone jack.

Eleven Engineering breaks down the Seven Deadly Sins of WiFi Audio on its YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw2iSCuT0x8).

For more on SKAA and the Seven Deadly Sins of WiFi Audio, please subscribe to https://www.youtube.com/user/SKAAwireless and visit SKAA.com.

For additional information, contact Rex Whitehead at 480-650-3979 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on Eleven Engineering, visit www.elevenengineering.com, SKAA wireless YouTube channel, and Facebook/.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based Eleven Engineering, Inc. is a market leader in microprocessors SiPs (System in Package) and modules designed for wireless audio for Home Theater, Multi-Room, Portable, and Pro Audio products. Eleven's XInC2 multithreaded processor was designed specifically for digital wireless audio applications but is also well suited for other realtime intensive microprocessor applications.

Eleven's high-performance wireless audio semiconductors, equipped with XInC2 wireless processor cores, are complete solutions for high-quality digital wireless audio transport. WFD™, Eleven's proprietary wireless audio transport protocol, has a narrow footprint in the radio spectrum, delivering both best-in-class coexistence with WiFi / Bluetooth and unparalleled Quality of Service.

ADi confirms agreement with Rainbow Audio to become the exclusive distributor of their car audio products within the United States, Canada, and Mexico

Vacaville, Calif. - August 14, 2023 - Aegis Distribution Inc. (ADi), a leading distributor of high-quality audio products is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with the well known Rainbow Audio. This partnership will allow ADi to carry another exquisite line of car audio speakers and amplifiers, all engineered with German precision by Rainbow Audio.

Rainbow gained fame in the early 2000s for their remarkable speaker offerings. They are now returning with enhanced versions of those beloved products, complemented by a more comprehensive selection of speaker options. Additionally, Rainbow's new line includes amplifiers ranging from Class AB sound quality amplifiers to super-efficient class D micro amps. The latter delivers a clean, clear 120W RMS at just 2.5” x 3.5”, making them ideal for Electrics and Motorsports.

“Anybody around in the early 2000s is already familiar with Rainbow products,” says ADi president Scott Welch. “We have requests from several companies, but we actually went looking for Rainbow. In conversations with dealers, they were asking us to bring it back and are anxious to be able to have Rainbow back in their stores.”

Rainbow's comeback underscores its commitment to excellence, maintaining the qualities that first made it a household name while integrating the latest advancements in audio technology. With this reintroduction, ADi continues to be a destination for audio enthusiasts of all levels, providing quality, innovation, and satisfaction.

ADi, headquartered in Vacaville, California, was formed in 2022 by a group of manufacturers and investors with the goal of bringing high-end car audio products to the Americas, tailored and fine tuned to fit the unique needs of these regions.

For more information or dealer inquiries, please contact ADi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 707.399.3069

Auburn Hills, Mich. (Aug. 9, 2023) – Alps Alpine North America, Inc. (“Alpine”) will attend the 11th annual Great Smoky Mountain Jeep® Club Invasion (GSMJCI) at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN from Thursday, August 24 to Saturday, August 26. Alpine returns to GSMJCI for the first time since 2019, this time increasing its presence with a larger booth footprint to host the official Alpine Event Trailer and an installation booth.

Alpine will join over a hundred vendors outside the LeConte Convention Center (in the Jake Thomas Parking Lot) in a 30’ x 100’ booth space stocked with the latest dash and audio solutions designed specifically for the Jeep® Wrangler and Jeep® Gladiator driver. All products will be available for purchase during the event with special, event-only pricing.

In addition to the vendor booth, Alpine will also have a 30’ x 80’ installation bay, powered by Tampa-based Alpine Authorized Retailer Soundwaves, so customers can drive home with their Alpine purchase installed. The installation space will be located directly next to the Alpine booth space.

Two Alpine 2018 Jeep® Wrangler demo vehicles will be on-site, featuring the i509-WRA-JL, a 9-inch Weather-Resistant Digital Media Receiver with Hi-Res Audio Playback. The unit was intentionally designed with the Jeep® driver in mind to visually emulate the design identity of the Jeep® interior and retain the features Jeep® drivers use the most. Other features, like wireless and wired Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, Hi-Resolution Playback (96kHz/ 24Bit), and one of the industry-first SiriusXM-Ready® head units enhanced with 360L and Hi-Res music streaming with TIDAL, make this the ultimate upgrade for the Jeep® driver.

A premium Dash Camera DVR-C320R with built-in drive assist and impact recording will also be installed to showcase the head unit pairing capabilities of the i509-WRA-JL. An Alpine PSS-24WRA sound system, with front 6.5” component speakers, 6.5” rear custom soundbar replacement speakers, 8” compact powered subwoofer, and 4-channel amplifier will be featured for in-vehicle sound upgrade demonstrations as well as an Alpine Weather-Resistant PSS-SX01 Sound System mounted to the roll bars to demonstrate exterior sound upgrade opportunities. 

Alpine’s 2015 Jeep® Wrangler will also be on-site with similar Jeep®-specific solutions designed for older Jeep® Wranglers, including the i509-WRA-JK, DVR-C320R, PSS-22WRA Weather-Resistant Sound System, PSS-SX01, and HCE-TCAM1-WRA Spare Tire Rear-View Camera and Light System.

Alpine’s show vehicle “Switchback,” a 2020 Jeep® Gladiator, will showcase a custom truck bed build that features 40 motorized Bluetooth® speakers that articulate for optimal sound positioning, and a tailgate designed to look like an early Alpine stereo, complete with a large, functional volume knob and six classic “Alpine green” buttons on the faceplate to control the automation. 

All GSMJCI visitors are encouraged to visit the Alpine booth and take advantage of the special, event-only deals and on-site installation services during the three-day event.

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

Acquisition brings premium audio integration across a broad range of Garmin markets and products

OLATHE, Kan./August 7, 2023/PR Newswire — Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN), today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire JL Audio, a privately-held U.S. company that designs and manufactures audio solutions for marine, aftermarket automotive, powersports, home and RV customers.

“JL Audio’s extensive audio experience will create new opportunities to provide premium audio features across a broad range of our markets and products. The JL Audio brand is known around the world for offering a premium audio experience which is made possible by their talented and dedicated associates. We look forward to welcoming the JL Audio team into the Garmin family,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin President and CEO.

With over four decades of experience, JL Audio offers premium audio products and accessories, including speakers, amplifiers, subwoofers and other audio components.

“JL Audio shares Garmin’s vision to deliver unique technology solutions, supported by meaningful R&D and engineering. We are thrilled at the opportunity to integrate into Garmin’s product ecosystem. JL Audio will contribute audio knowledge and engineering expertise to create great audio products for many years to come,” said Lucio Proni, JL Audio Founder and CEO.

JL Audio is headquartered in Miramar, Fla., and employs more than 600 associates. The completion of this acquisition is expected to occur by the end of 2023 and is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. All existing JL Audio products will continue to be supported post-closing, and customers can expect to continue receiving the same great customer service. Financial terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized the aviation, automotive, fitness, marine and outdoor markets. Dedicated to helping people make the most of the time they spend pursuing their passions, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. Visit the Garmin NewsroomThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. connect with @garmin on social, or follow our blog.

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Bujold is Based in the Corporate Offices in Edmonton, AB Canada

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, August 3, 2023 – Eleven Engineering, Inc. (www.elevenengineering.com), a market leader in semiconductor products for wireless audio for home theater, multi-room, portable, professional, 12 Volt (car, truck, motorcycle, power sports, marine) and gaming applications, is proud to announce that Mike Bujold has joined the company’s growing Research & Development Design Team.

“The past year has seen unrivaled growth for Eleven Engineering, and so we are seeing a continuing need for top level additions to our R&D department,” said Rex Whitehead, Eleven Engineering executive vice president, sales & marketing. “Mike’s education and experience make him a perfect fit for our team.”

Bujold graduated the University of Alberta (BSc in Computing Science) and brings his prior experience as a hardware developer for a VSAT communications company to Eleven Engineering.

“What drew me to Eleven is the forward-thinking mindset and adaptability of the company and the people that work here,” said Bujold, who will work out of the company’s headquarters in Edmonton, AB. “I am fortunate to be part of a team of like-minded people that are committed to building quality products. I can see the potential SKAA has to become a true wireless audio standard and I am excited to be a part of it.”

SKAA wireless lets the integrator easily create a dedicated multi-room home audio superhighway with a long range up to 150 feet with a robust, interference-free low-latency signal eliminating lip-sync issues with TV and gaming. SKAA-enabled products can stream music between them, up to four sets simultaneously – one transmitter to four devices. In environments laden with heavy Wi-Fi and Bluetooth traffic, SKAA navigates through these hostile environments with best-in-class reliability. SKAA also allows for uninterrupted audio signals that are delivered with the highest sound quality to all speakers without the latency that is inherent in other wireless solutions.

SKAA is available as a built-in technology not requiring an external transmitter in purpose-designed partner products. SKAA transmitters work with iOS & Android mobile devices, Mac & Windows computers, televisions, and just about any product with a line output or a headphone jack.

Eleven Engineering breaks down the Seven Deadly Sins of WiFi Audio on its YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw2iSCuT0x8).

For more on SKAA and the Seven Deadly Sins of WiFi Audio, please subscribe to https://www.youtube.com/user/SKAAwireless and visit SKAA.com.

For additional information, contact Rex Whitehead at 480-650-3979 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on Eleven Engineering, visit www.elevenengineering.com, SKAA wireless YouTube channel, and Facebook/.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based Eleven Engineering, Inc. is a market leader in microprocessors SiPs (System in Package) and modules designed for wireless audio for Home Theater, Multi-Room, Portable, and Pro Audio products. Eleven's XInC2 multithreaded processor was designed specifically for digital wireless audio applications but is also well suited for other realtime intensive microprocessor applications.

Eleven's high-performance wireless audio semiconductors, equipped with XInC2 wireless processor cores, are complete solutions for high-quality digital wireless audio transport. WFD™, Eleven's proprietary wireless audio transport protocol, has a narrow footprint in the radio spectrum, delivering both best-in-class coexistence with WiFi / Bluetooth and unparalleled Quality of Service.

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® is now shipping an audio processor that controls the volume in up to four different zones. The KICKER KXMARLC Zone Volume Controller, created for marine use but with all-weather features for any outdoor setting, distributes a stereo RCA signal from vehicle’s source unit to as many as four independent stereo RCA outputs for very clean, very clear sound. Compatible with most any amplifier, the KXMARLC will be available for purchase at Authorized KICKER Dealers in-store and online. Soon to be introduced to the world on the KICKER UnMASKED! Live™ streamed show, KXMARLC Zone Controllers will retail for $299.99 each and will also be available for purchase online at www.kicker.com.

Perfect for boat and RV applications, the half-DIN controller unit measures under two inches high and nine inches wide, making it easy to mount in a variety of locations. It utilizes large, user-friendly knobs for adjusting individual zone volumes. Custom zone adhesive labels are included for easily personalizing the controller unit and overall sound system.

Also included is the hide-away processor unit that features a remote turn-on lead for activating all amplifiers within the system. The processor houses the preamp section that delivers up to eight volts to each channel, so every amplifier is getting the cleanest signal possible. This allows for lower gain settings, increased noise rejection and overall better sound. All installation and mounting hardware for surface or flush mounting of both units is included.

For more information, consumers can log onto www.kicker.com/KXMARLC on the kicker.com website.

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.

 

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LONG BEACH, CALIF., August 2nd, 2023 -- KENWOOD USA (kenwood.com/usa/car), manufacturer of premier entertainment and information solutions for the automotive, marine, and motorsports aftermarket, is proud to announce its participation in the highly anticipated Sturgis Rally, held in South Dakota, August 4th- 13th. This marks a significant occasion for KENWOOD as they proudly showcase, sell, and install their state-of-the-art eXcelon Motorsports motorcycle audio products designed and engineered for Harley Davidson® motorcycles. Riding on the open roads has never been more fun than with KENWOOD's advanced eXcelon motorcycle audio systems.

Designed exclusively for the Harley Davidson family of motorcycles, these audio products guarantee an unbeatable experience for riders and passengers alike. Whether you crave heart-pounding bass or crystal-clear highs, eXcelon motorcycle audio products are engineered to deliver unparalleled performance even in the most challenging riding conditions.

“As part of our commitment to partnering with and supporting our authorized dealer network, we are delighted to announce our collaboration with Chris Hulin and his team at The Audio Edge (theaudioedgeonline.com), based in Nederland, TX,” said John Lucas, KENWOOD VP of Sales. “Their expertise and passion for delivering top-notch audio solutions align perfectly with KENWOOD's commitment to excellence.”

The Audio Edge will join KENWOOD in its booth at 1601 Lazelle St in Sturgis to offer live product demonstrations, personalized advice, and professional installations for all eXcelon Motorsports motorcycle audio products as well as their motorsports action cam system. KENWOOD invites all motorcycle enthusiasts and audio aficionados attending the Sturgis Rally to visit its booth and experience the future of motorcycle audio firsthand. Its dedicated team, together with The Audio Edge, will be on-site to demonstrate the remarkable features and performance of its eXcelon Motorsports motorcycle audio products. Prepare to be amazed by the seamless integration, durability, and unmatched audio quality that KENWOOD brings to the riding experience.

For more information on KENWOOD’s eXcelon Motorsports motorcycle audio line, please visit its website here: https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/motorcycles/ 

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 KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536- 9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa.

©2023 JVCKENWOOD Corporation. All Rights Reserved. KENWOOD® and eXcelon® are registered trademarks of JVCKENWOOD Corporation. Harley-Davidson®, Electra Glide®, Road Glide®, Street Glide®, Ultra Classic®, Tri Glide®, CVO™, Screamin Eagle® and Tour-Pak® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Harley-Davidson, Inc. and/or its affiliates and if used or implied are for reference only. There is no affiliation between Harley-Davidson, Inc. and/or its affiliates and JVCKENWOOD Corporation and/or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Specifications subject to change without notice. 

Regional “wholesale only” distributor – Davis Distribution will be carrying the full line of MB Quart products and solutions.

Libertyville, Ill. – MB Quart and Davis Distribution kick off a new partnership as Davis Distribution will be carrying the entire line of MB Quart products and offerings. Davis Distribution is a regional “wholesale only” distributor that services customers in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, and DC. MB Quart is extremely excited to welcome Davis Distribution into the family of distributors. From Jeep Tuned Audio Kits to Q Series Speakers – Davis Distribution will be carrying every product from the MB Quart brand.

This brand-new domestic relationship with Davis Distribution will catapult MB Quart to new heights for national sales and revenue. Opening another outlet for others to hear and feel Music. Defined. products within America, Davis Distribution offers high-quality products and solutions with stocked products representing the very best vendors in the consumer electronics market. In addition, Davis Distribution offers same-day shipping allowing customers to use their “stockroom” or “just in time” inventory for that scheduled installation or last-minute end-of-the-day sale, helping maximize every potential sales opportunity. MB Quart is very excited in welcoming Davis Distribution to the Music. Defined. family of distributors and especially with what Davis Distribution has to offer and bring to customers heading into the second half of 2023.

Alden Stiefel, President of Maxxsonics, said, “We are very excited about partnering with Davis Distribution. These are great people there that have been around for a long time that only deal with high-quality products in consumer electronics. I can’t wait to see how this relationship between MB Quart and Davis Distribution grows and profits. This is a special partnership for MB Quart!”

In February of 1997, Kevin Taliani, along with his then partner, Frederick Davis founded Davis Distribution Systems. Davis Distribution offers a high-quality selection of consumer electronics that include 12-Volt Audio, Video-Navigation, Tint, Home Audio-Video, and Various Accessories for the Residential and Commercial Custom Install Markets. Between high-quality products and putting the customer first in exceeding customer’s expectations in service and delivery – Davis Distribution matches MB Quart’s bar of excellence when it comes to customer service in consumer electronics.

Sam Taliani from Davis Distribution, said, “I am so excited for this opportunity and partnership with MB Quart. At Davis Distribution, we place high-quality products and incredible customer service above everything. MB Quart aligns with both of those measures and how we have set the bar and standard in the consumer electronics industry. This is a HUGE win for both sides of this new relationship, and I can’t wait to see what new products and solutions MB Quart releases throughout the rest of 2023 and beyond.”

High-quality service and products are what MB Quart and Davis Distribution stand for. This critical partnership presents putting customers first while giving them the best in consumer electronics. For further details on Davis Distribution, head over to their website at https://davisdistribution.com/, and to see the entire line of products and solutions from MB Quart - follow the link at https://mbquart.com/.

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

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

Montreal – July 24, 2023 -- Automobility is thrilled to announce National DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and OEM integration trainings for the renowned Audison Forza product line. As part of our ongoing commitment to providing exceptional service and support.

“We understand the importance of staying ahead in the dynamic world of automotive audio. That's why we have taken this significant step to equip our dealers with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the rapidly evolving industry. With these training sessions, we aim to empower our partners and provide them with the tools necessary to enhance their customers' audio experience,” said Phil Camirand Product trainer at Automobility.

These DSP and OEM integration trainings are designed to cater to individuals who are new to the field or looking to strengthen their foundation. We will cover key concepts and practical techniques related to digital signal processing and seamlessly integrating Audison Forza products with the OEM head units in vehicles. By participating in these sessions, dealers will gain invaluable insights into optimizing audio performance, overcoming challenges, and delivering unparalleled satisfaction to their customers. 

To access more details about these trainings and reserve your spot, we encourage all our dealers to get in touch with their dedicated representative. Our representatives are ready to answer any questions and provide comprehensive information regarding the schedule, location, and requirements for these exciting training opportunities. 

“We firmly believe that knowledge is the key to success. By investing in our dealers' education and skill development, we are reinforcing our commitment to delivering the highest standards of service and innovation in the automotive audio industry. We are confident that these DSP and OEM integration trainings for the Audison Forza product line will open up new avenues of growth and provide our dealers with a competitive edge in the market,” said Rob Nelson ,President of Automobility.

AutoMobility is Canada’s largest mobile electronics distributor. Headquartered in Montreal, along with offices and warehousing facilities in Vancouver and Toronto, customers benefit from complete national sales support and expedited shipping. Since 1991, AutoMobility has been servicing mass merchants, Mobile electronic retailers and new car dealerships for over 30 years. Their mission is to offer the most technologically advanced Mobile audio and integration ,remote start and security, radar detection, mobile video, dash cam products.

Remote start maker announces new flagship remote starter with software updatable 2-way LCD remote and up to 6,000 feet of range

JULY 20, 2023 – Seattle, Wash. -- Firstech is pleased to announce the U.S. distribution of the iDatastart HC4.5, a new flagship remote car starter by Automotive Data Solutions (ADS).

The iDatastart HC4.5 (HC4652A) uses LoRa technology to offer an impressive range of up to 6,000 feet, along with an LCD remote that delivers two-way command confirmation and vehicle status in English, French, and Spanish. The ultra-thin LCD remote features a 1.54" TFT display with included screen protectors to keep it free from scuffs and scratches. A 190mAH lithium-ion, USB rechargeable battery powers the device for up to 60 days of use, while the low-power Arm Cortex-M4 MCU with 128kb of flash memory ensures efficient performance.

The remote is the industry’s first to be updateable via Weblink, allowing installers and consumers alike to easily obtain new features and bug fixes via downloadable firmware. Moreover, the iDatastart HC4.5 provides peace of mind by triggering two-way alarm alerts in case of a break-in. It can also be paired with DroneMobile for controlling, monitoring, and tracking a vehicle from a smartphone. The HC4.5 remote starter is the latest co-release by Firstech and ADS, who have a proven history of delivering groundbreaking technologies to the 12-volt industry.

In 2007, Firstech and ADS co-released the revolutionary “BLADE-AL”, the first-ever cartridge-style immobilizer bypass module. Several years later, the two companies released the DC3 all-in-one remote starter, which remains one of Firstech’s best selling products. As is the case with other iDatastart remote starters, the HC4.5 offers a universal wire harness or optional vehicle-specific t-harnesses for streamlined installation. All iDatastart systems are web-programmable from a phone, tablet, or desktop using the Weblink App and come with free access to detailed installation guides.

The iDatastart HC4.5 is available as a complete remote start system ($449.99 MSRP) or remote upgrade kit ($219.99 MSRP) and is exclusively offered by Firstech and authorized sub-distributors in the U.S.A. Dealers interested in iDatastart HC4.5 and other products can learn more at www.myfirstech.com or www.idatastart.us

July 17th, 2023 - Ringwood, Ill. -- Race Sport Lighting released their New HOODKIT1 (P/N# 1007720) LED Knight Rider Scanning Hood Brow DRL Flex Kit in Q2 and are now in full non-stop production in Q3. This modern, unique and niche hood lighting kit is the perfect solution for a frontal lighting show on the exterior of any vehicle. The hood brow retail kit comes with a 5’ 9” length flexible all weather strip kit that fits most full-size vehicle front ends perfectly and is cut to size if necessary. The kit does an amazing knight rider style scan on start-up, and then transitions to a cool white DRL for nighttime safety on the roads in time to put the vehicle in gear and go.

The kit has already been shipped out to hundreds of dealers recently and is in stock in dozens of distributors around the country. The product is attractively retail packaged and tells the story to the consumer for an easy retail sale. Dealers can make great money off not only the sale of the product, but the labor is good profit too! Professional installation is recommended for this product and allows dealers to bill out 1-2 hours of labor to be estimated.

“The HOODKIT1 launch was a success in June, and we smoked through our 1st production run already. It is an amazing hood brow light kit that is priced right with good margins and labor potential for thousands of our dealers nationwide. When our lighting specialists first pitched this product concept to me, I knew it would be a winner for our resellers and consumers are going to love it. We just ran our second production, and the kit is available for more resellers to purchase and install them on a showroom vehicle to show off to their customers,” said Steven Jergensen, President of Race Sport Lighting.

The Race Sport Lighting Hood Brow Lighting System is currently in stock and shipping from a distributor near you, or directly from the B2B Dealer Portal at https://www.racesportinc.com/customer/account/login/.

Learn more and watch this instructive YouTube video shot at Avenue Sounds in New YorkCLICK HERE TO WATCH!

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

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A variety of MB Quart products will be showcased, and demo vehicles will be on display!

Toledo, Ohio – MB Quart is the official parade radio sponsor of the 2023 Toledo Jeep Fest! HOME of the Jeep — the Toledo Jeep Fest attracts more than 70,000 attendees nationwide and even more from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Netherlands. The Jeep celebration gets bigger and BIGGER every year, and 2023 is shaping up to be an incredible Toledo Jeep Fest to remember. The ultimate Jeep party goes down on August 4th (Friday) through the 6th (Sunday), so mark your calendars because MB Quart will be there showcasing vehicle builds and demoing ALL-NEW Jeep Tuned Audio products like Rear Overhead Soundbars and the JL Tailgate Subwoofer System!

MB Quart continues to provide high-quality, innovative audio products for Mobile, Powersports, Marine, RV, and UTV industries, and this event is no different — with all of the focus and spotlight being on Jeep Tuned Audio products and kits for Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator vehicles. The 2023 Toledo Jeep Fest sponsorship will be completely commercial-free radio all-day on Saturday, August 5th (Saturday). The weekend will provide an incredible time to celebrate Jeeps nationwide and from around the world!

Brian Sherman, Vice President of Product and Marketing, said, “We are extremely excited to be the official parade radio sponsor of the 2023 Toledo Jeep Fest. It is going to be such a fun weekend, and MB Quart will be bringing some incredible Jeep Tuned Audio to the ultimate party in Ohio! We hope to see you there!"

This weekend-long event includes the festival’s staple attraction - the All-Jeep Parade through downtown Toledo, along with an indoor All-Jeep Exhibit at the Glass City Center, a massive Vendor Midway, a 4-mile run on Sunday coordinated by Run Toledo, and much more. From Music. Defined. audio to incredible vehicle builds — the 2023 Toledo Jeep Fest will be a special 3-day event to be a part of!

Jeeps, audio, and Music. Defined. is coming YOUR WAY Toledo! Plan your 2023 Toledo Jeep Fest NOW! MB Quart is bringing LOUD audio to the ultimate Jeep parade in the nation, and we want you to be a part of all of the Music. Defined. audio action and fun. Download the Toledo Jeep Fest official mobile app to easily keep track of everything in one place! Another record-breaking Toledo Jeep Fest event is on the horizon, and MB Quart is ready to take in ALL OF THE JEEP FUN!

Register your own Jeep at https://toledojeepfest.com/jeep-registration/register-for-the-parade/ or become a volunteer at https://toledojeepfest.com/jeep-registration/volunteer/. For a complete breakdown of the 2023 Toledo Jeep Fest, visit the official event/show website at https://toledojeepfest.com/ and MB Quart hopes to see YOU there!

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

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

CHANDLER, Arizona – Morel America is thrilled to welcome Cory Stocklin as its new Product Specialist and National Trainer. With his impressive background in the car audio industry and unwavering passion for audio, Stocklin brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team.

As the Product Specialist and National Trainer, Stocklin will play a pivotal role by spearheading training initiatives, delivering comprehensive product knowledge, and ensuring exceptional customer experiences.

With over two decades of experience in the car audio industry, Stocklin was most recently with Car Toys as the NCND Manager in charge of developing advanced installation techniques and training employees. Additionally, he served as one of the company’s national trainers, an OEM integration expert, DSP tuning expert, and helped design and build many displays. His in-depth understanding of audio technology, coupled with his ability to communicate complex concepts in a clear and engaging manner, makes him the perfect fit for his new role at Morel America.

"Cory Stocklin's appointment as our Product Specialist and National Trainer is a significant milestone for Morel America," said Casey Thorson, COO at Morel America. "His extensive experience and passion for audio will undoubtedly strengthen our position as a leading loudspeaker manufacturer. More importantly, we are confident Cory will elevate our dealer experience with sales and technical support, driving us towards greater success.”

"I am beyond honored to join a team with such a rich history of making outstanding products like Morel has,” said Stocklin. “I look forward to assisting the company the best I know how with trainings, insight, dealer development, and wherever else I can help. I can’t wait to get started!"

Cory Stocklin's appointment further demonstrates Morel America's commitment to delivering outstanding audio solutions and providing exceptional support to its customers. With his extensive experience and unwavering passion, Stocklin will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the company's growth and success.

Morel America is the US distributor for Morel, headquarters based in Israel. Morel is the leading manufacturer of high-end loudspeakers, renowned for its commitment to audio excellence and innovative designs. With a strong presence in the car audio industry and a dedicated team of audio enthusiasts, Morel America continues to push the boundaries of audio technology and deliver unparalleled sound quality. For more information about Morel America and its high-end loudspeaker solutions, please visit www.morelhifi.com.

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