By Lisa Johnston
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Huntington, U.K. – Luxury-audio supplier Meridian is expanding its OEM autosound presence in luxury vehicles with the launch of two audio systems in the all-new Range Rover Sport.
In the vehicle, a choice of two Meridian audio systems includes the Meridian Signature Reference System, which incorporates Meridian’s Trifield 3D surround technology. The technology is said to create an enveloping and consistent surround sound experience for each passenger.
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.
Torrance, Calif. — Apple launched its TuneIt app for iPhones and plans an Android version later this month for use with a currently shipping car CD receiver and with two more CD receivers to come.
Secaucus, N.J. — Panasonic Corp. of North America acquired the Aupeo personalized music-streaming service.
However, Panasonic told TWICE it will continue to offer the service to competing consumer electronics brands and automaker suppliers for use in their products.
Cypress, Calif. – Clarion launched a consumer-rebate program this week through its authorized dealers.
The “Spring Cash-in" promotion runs through June 30 and applies to seven models from the entry-level CZ102 to the top-of-the-line NX702, enabling the promotion to appeal to a much broader range of consumers compared to other companies’ rebate programs, the company said.
The rebates range in value from $10 to $100. Once a consumer submits the rebate form, Clarion mails out a prepaid Clarion-branded Visa Card.
Phoenix — MTX Audio will attend a variety of events this month to showcase its new products and initiatives.
The MTX Audio StreetTeam will highlight the company’s new Connected Commerce selling model, which aims to bring factory-direct audio solutions to consumers. Representatives will be at the Import Face-Off April 7 in Ennis, Texas, and Arizona Bike Week April 10-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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.