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The Specialist Wins Pioneer Build-Off

6/23/2009 12:06:00 PM Eastern

Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer announced that Tucson, Ariz.-based retailer The Specialist won the Pioneer Sound Build-Off competition for creating the best demo/competition vehicle.

The contest gave several retailers eight weeks to build a vehicle around an identical Pioneer system, and then


Mario Schawano (left) and Pete Riker of The Specialist accept Pioneer’s annual Build-Off trophy.

International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA) judges evaluated the results on sound quality, installation quality and other factors at a recent Pioneer dealer meeting.

The Specialist received a $10,000 prize for its 2007 Honda Civic, while Memphis-based Sound Waves came in second place, and Car Tunes, Allen Park, Mich., and Paradyme, Sacramento, Calif., tied for third place. Each installed a Pioneer DEH-P710BT CD player plus an HD Radio tuner, four PRS-D2200T amplifiers, speakers and two shallow-mount subwoofers.

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