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Clarksville, Tenn. – A quartet of 12-volt retail veterans will team up to offer a series of sales and installation training classes to retailers beginning with an April 20-21 session here at Sonus Car Audio.
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.
Clarksville, Tenn. — Sonus Car Audio will host a series of 12-volt training programs April 20-21, put on by members of the newly formed Strategic Weapon Advanced Techniques (SWAT) team.
The team, although not associated with any trade groups, consists of four longtime members of the 12-volt industry: Del Ellis, Micah Williams, Jason Kranitz and Ray West.
Long Beach, Calif. – Kenwood is stepping up its promotion and dealer-education programs in 2013.
The new effort will include additional vendor participation in its “X Rewards” sell-through promotion, a new customer database development program, video-based training content and deeper involvement in social media and online solutions forums.
Oxnard, Calif. — Scosche has begun shipping its ControlFreq car stereo receiver, which uses an app to turn a smartphone or other Bluetooth-equipped device into a touchscreen remote for the car.
The receiver can also play music via a CD player, USB port, SD card slot and aux in. An AM/FM RDS-enabled tuner displays artist, song or station information from supporting FM broadcasts, Scosche said.
Other features include 40x4 watts max power internal amplifier, three preamp RCA outputs (front/rear/sub) for adding external amplifiers, and a detachable faceplate.
Oxnard, Calif. — Scosche Industries has begun shipping an aftermarket head-unit installation kit for all models of the 2013 Scion FR-S.
The SCN4202B will accommodate an ISO double-DIN or single-DIN mount, and comes with a pocket and mounting brackets. It features automotive-grade, high-strength, high-temp ABS material, Scosche said, and will retail for a suggested $29.95.
Scosche also manufacturers the LSAAB matching antenna adapter and TA02B matching harness, both of which are $19.95.
Phoenix — MTX Audio launched a new series of car subwoofers whose design features deliver higher sound-pressure levels (SPLs) and sound quality than their predecessors.
The three new 55-series models, which will replace the Road Thunder RTS series, are available in dual-2-ohm and dual-4-ohm versions, whereas the RTS series is available only in single-4-ohm and dual-2ohm versions.
Torrance, Calif. – Alpine began shipping its redesigned V series of Class D car amplifiers, which are 40 percent smaller than their predecessors and add multiple new features.
The series, called “budget-friendly,” consists of a $230-suggested 500-watt (into 2 ohms) mono amp, a $170 250-watt (into 2 ohms) mono amp, and a $230 4/3/2-channel amp rated at 4x75 watts into 2 ohms.
Chicago – Maxxsonics replaced a second car-amplifier series under its Crunch brand.
The 10 new models in the Crunch Powerzone series are positioned below the top-end V-Drive series of 10 amps, which just shipped, and above the opening-price Powerone series.
Chicago – Maxxsonics has begun shipping its new V-Drive series of amplifiers under the Crunch brand, positioning them at the top of the Crunch amp lineup.
The V-Drive models consist of three two-channel models at a suggested $149 to $289, four four-channel models at $179 to $349, and three mono Class D amps at $319 to $389.
The lineup represents “some of the most powerful amplifiers ever designed for the Crunch lineup,” said John Studley, Maxxsonics’ product development VP.
Tempe, Ariz. — Rockford Fosgate has begun shipping its 2013 Prime series of full-range speakers and amplifiers.
The Klippel-verified Prime series is said to increase power handling over the former series. The two-way drivers have a horn-loading design that provides a phase-correct relationship with the mid and tweeter, providing better off-axis sound, the company said.
The 3-way loudspeakers are designed with a 0.5-inch tweeter mount so it can more easily fit behind factory door panels. All models come with grilles, speaker wire and connectors.