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Phoenix — MTX Audio has expanded its ThunderForm line of vehicle-specific enclosures to now include Scion TC model years 2011 to 2013.
The company said it was the first time they had introduced a ThunderForm enclosure for an import car in several years. They are billed as providing a custom-fit subwoofer solution that minimizes the installation space required in a vehicle.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
New York – The number of net new SiriusXM subscribers grew 15 percent in the second quarter compared with the year-ago period, prompting the satellite-radio broadcaster to raise its full-year net new subscriber forecast to 1.5 million from a previously forecast 1.4 million.
The company attributed the gain in large part to growing new-car sales.
The quarter’s gain of 715,000 net new subscribers set a record for any quarter since Sirius and XM merged in mid-2008, and the performance reversed a slight first-quarter decline in net new subscribers.
Torrance, Calif. — Alpine teamed up with hip-hop group Far East Movement to promote a contest that in turn promotes Alpine Bassline subwoofers.
Tempe, Ariz. – Rockford Fosgate is using the Foursquare app to promote its participation in Vans Warped Tour concerts, which kick off June 15 in Seattle and wrap up August 4 in Houston.
At the concerts, consumers who check-in the Rockford Fosgate Sound Lab demo vehicle on Foursquare and enter the vehicle’s Pressure Chamber will get a prize.
Southfield, Mich. — Parrot continues to expand the selection of downloadable apps for its Asteroid-series of installed Android-based car-entertainment systems.
All four Asteroid systems are installed systems featuring embedded GPS and connectivity to smartphones for music streaming, access to Cloud-based services and hands-free phone calls.
Heathrow, Fla. — Car electronics supplier Dual Electronics opened a sales office and warehouse in the Los Angeles area following the hiring of western regional sales manager as part of its effort to drive growth on the West Coast.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer updated its AppRadio platform and debuted its first two compatible in-dash receivers, both of which also have compatibility with MirrorLink-enabled smartphones.
In addition to iOS and Android compatibility, the SPH-DA210 and SPH-DA110 units can be controlled with MirrorLink-enabled smartphones. MirrorLink is an industry-standard technology that lets touchscreen-equipped OEM and aftermarket head units control and stream content from the smartphones using the handset suppliers’ MirrorLink app.
Oxnard, Calif. — Planet Audio unveiled on Wednesday three double-DIN units with full iPod and iPhone control.
The Bluetooth-enabled PNV9620I features DVD/MP3/CD; built-in nav with U.S., Canada and Mexico maps and 2 million points of interest; text-to-speech; SD card slot and rearview camera input; iPod and iPhone control; and a $513 suggested retail.
It has a 6.2-inch digital TFT display and comes with a remote control. Output power is 80 watts by four channel.
Las Vegas — Car audio supplier Audiomobile has begun shipping new subwoofers intended for use in “micro” sealed-box enclosures that are increasingly the norm in upscale integration systems, the company announced.
The GTS series of shallow-depth subwoofers consists of the $279-suggested 12-inch 2112 and $249 10-inch 2110, each available in 2-ohm and 4-ohm versions. Both were designed to fit in smaller enclosures than other Audiomobile subs, said sales and marketing VP Matthew Overpeck.
Heathrow, Fla. – Dual began shipping the first four head units in its 2013 Axxera-branded aftermarket car audio lineup following the shipment of the brand’s first amplifiers.
Axxera’s first speakers will ship in June.
Two other higher-priced Axxera head units are due soon.
As part of its strategy, Dual in 2013 is launching 21 new Axxera SKUs to expand the selection of Axxera head units and offer the brand’s first speakers and amps.