By Lisa Johnston
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Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Next year’s Spring Break Nationals Mobile Electronics Expo will return to its traditional late-March time frame during the peak of Spring Break activities.
In addtion, the 28th annual event will separate loud displays from sound-quality-focused displays at the request of exhibitors, said SBN founder Paul Papadeas.
The consumer and trade show will run March 22 and 23 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. The 2013 event was held earlier in March and fell between the Daytona 500 Race and Bike Week.
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.
Long Beach, Calif. – Pioneer unveiled the first eight models of its 2014 lineup of car CD-receivers and added new smartphone-connectivity features.
Prices of the single-DIN head units range from a suggested $90 to $140.
Dallas – Sony came to MERA’s Knowledgefest with its latest MirrorLink-equipped in-dash A/V head unit, which also features the company’s App Remote technology and accepts an outboard GPS navigation module.
The XAV-602BT receiver and XA-NV300T navigation module will be available in October and retail for about $549 and $249, respectively, through Sony Stores, online at www.sony.com/car, and authorized dealers.
Hauppauge, N.Y. –Jensen has begun shipping its line of six single- and double-DIN in-dash multimedia receivers, including a navigation-equipped model and two nav-ready models.
New York – SiriusXM posted a 12.2 percent revenue gain in its second quarter to $940.1 million and net income of $125.5 million on the highest quarterly gain in net new subscribers since the fourth quarter of 2007.
Revenue gains marked the sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth.
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.
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.