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Los Angeles — Cerwin Vega Mobile has begun shipping its smallest car audio amplifiers to date.
The three Class D amps in the Stealth Bomber series are priced from an everyday $239 to $359. Sizes range from 6.61 inches by 4.02 inches by 1.4 inches for the two-channel model, 6.99 by 4.02 by 1.4 inches for the four-channel model, and 8.7 by 4.02 by 1.4 inches for the mono model.
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Geneva — Apple is stepping up iPhone integration with OEM infotainment systems with the launch of CarPlay, which is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with iPhones equipped with the all-digital Lightning connector.
CarPlay-enabled OEM infotainment systems will be available in select cars shipping in 2014, the company said here at the International Geneva Motor Show.
Miramar, Fla. – JL Audio has begun shipping all models in its next-generation of XD car-audio amplifiers with multiple upgrades while continuing to incorporate NexD switching technology to deliver cool-running amps in a compact chassis.
New York — SiriusXM posted record revenue in its fourth quarter and full fiscal year, but net income fell in the quarter as the company lost subscribers for the first since the second quarter of 2009.
During the quarter ending December, the company lost 22,756 subscribers because a 411,484 gain in self-pay subscribers did not offset a 434,240 loss in trial subscriptions paid by automakers.
Long Beach, Calif. – Kenwood has begun shipping three CD-receivers, one new digital media receiver (DMR), a new marine CD-receiver, and a marine CD-receiver/speaker combo.
All products feature the company’s new Drive EQ technology, which compensates for road or marine noise by boosting output at select frequencies. All head units feature 4x50-watt maximum amplification.
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. - Fujitsu Ten’s Eclipse brand, which left the car audio aftermarket in 2010 after a run of 21 years, is making a U.S. comeback, but in the home-audio market.
The Japanese company will go to International CES with its current range of stand-mounted home speakers that take the form of tapered spheres. They’re priced from $490/pair to $11,200/pair. The company will also introduce a pair of high-end powered subwoofers and a wireless Airplay speaker pair.
New York — SiriusXM launched the Onyx Plus dock-and-play radio for use in homes and cars, adding a four-color display unavailable on its predecessor and adding album-art display to a satellite-radio tuner for the first time.
New York — SiriusXM posted its best-ever quarterly revenues in the third quarter and best third quarter for net new subscribers since the Sirius-XM merger five years ago, prompting the satellite-radio company to raise its full-year forecast for revenues and net subscriber adds.
SiriuxXM cited rising OEM penetration rates as a key reason for the gains as well as growth in reactivations in pre-owned cars.
Hauppauge, N.Y. — Audiovox Electronics has expanded its sales department to further support independent 12-volt retailers.
A new sales team has been added to the New York headquarters for this initiative, and the Detroit and Cincinnati offices have elevated existing managers to increase focus on one-to-one customer support, it said.
The New York team is headed by Roy Graca and Larry Nicastro, who both began their careers in 12-volt independents, according to Audiovox. Their primary focus has been on product, installation and tech support.
Seattle — AudioControl plans shipments this month of its first car audio digital signal processor with signal delay to align a person’s soundstage position between the output of the left and right speakers and between the front and subwoofer channels.