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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.
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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.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer has begun offering a $120 mail-in rebate with the purchase a $499-suggested AppRadio 2 in-dash head unit from any authorized Pioneer retailer through April 30.
AppRadio2, which features a 7-inch touchscreen, enables head-unit access to such core iPhone features as contacts, calendar and stored music as well as head-unit control of select compatible third-party iPhone apps, including navigation. AppRadio 2 offers similar functionality for 27 connected Android smartphones.
Chicago — Autosound supplier Maxxsonics has replaced its BRZ series of Hifonics-brand mono amplifiers with a new Brutus BRX series that has been expanded to include multichannel models as well as mono models.
The nine new Hifonics BRX models are shipping.
South Daytona, Fla. — SBN Expo Group is gearing up for the 27th installment of the annual Spring Break Nationals.
Exhibitors will use the event show off their latest products to consumers and dealers, sound-off judges will rate consumers’ sound systems, and dealers will hunt for show specials and sit down for training sessions.
New York – The MirrorLink capabilities of select aftermarket in-dash multimedia head units from JVC and Sony can now be used with a pair of widely popular Android smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note II.
Samsung launched its DriveLink app for the two smartphones, enabling control of the phones’ core functions from touchscreen-equipped in-dash aftermarket and OEM head units.