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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.
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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.
Tempto, Ariz. – Car audio supplier Rockford Fosgate renewed its partnership with Vans Warped Tour concerts, which kick off June 15 in Seattle and wrap up August 4 in Houston.
The aftermarket supplier launched a Warped Tour promotion and will bring its Mercedes Benz Sprinter demo vehicle to the summertime events.
Edmond, Okla. — Petra Industries held its 11th Annual Car Audio Expo Sunday, April 21, here, with retailers seeing demos of new mobile A/V products.
The Expo included A/V receivers, DVD players, speakers, CD head units, navigation systems and accessories, subwoofers and much more from the 26 industry-leading manufacturers exhibiting, the distributor said.
New York – A first-of-its-kind promotion launched by SiriusXM through the end of the year gives consumers three free months of All Access service when they purchase the $69-suggested SVX200 Connect Vehicle Tuner.
The compact, hideaway tuner can be controlled from aftermarket car and marine head units offered by Advent, Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer and Sony. The tuner mounts behind the dash and connects directly to the head units without special adapters or the need to run a separate power wire.
Torrance, Calif. – Alpine has begun shipping its first in-dash head unit with MirrorLink, which enables control of a smartphones’ core functions from touchscreen-equipped in-dash aftermarket and OEM head units.
The head unit is the $800-suggested ICS-X7HD, a mech-less model promoted as an “in-dash app receiver” with 7-inch WVGA touchscreen.
Oxnard, Calif. — Boss Audio Systems has expanded its selection of 12-volt audio systems for off-road vehicles to six with the launch of its flagship ATV25B with stereo Bluetooth at a suggested $365.
The series of active weatherproof speaker systems is designed for tailgating as well as for boats, jet skis, and snowmobiles, the company said. They use portable devices such as cellphones or MP3 players as their sources.