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Hauppauge, N.Y. — Voxx International turned a net profit and higher operating income, but sales were slightly off in its fiscal first quarter, ended May 31.
Net income was $2.1 million in the quarter compared with a prior year’s net loss of $4.7 million. Operating income for the quarter was $3.4 million, an 11.6 percent gain over the year-ago period performance of $3.1 million.
Net sales were $193 million, a decrease of $1 million, or 0.5 percent, compared with net sales of $194 million reported in the comparable year-ago period, Voxx reported.
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Bandon, Ore. — Cardas Audio, which manufactures audio cables and components, recently entered the in-ear monitor market with the introduction of its EM5813 Ear Speakers.
The copper-plated brass monitors mirror the human cochlea and tympanic membrane, the company said, and have hand-matched drivers that are machined from proprietary solid-bar stock metals in California.
The copper cable is a miniature version of the company’s Audio Clear cable.
They are currently available for a $425 suggested retail.
New York – Ford beat other automakers and the autosound aftermarket in offering head units that control the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on a connected smartphone.
Consumers who download the latest version of SiriusXM Internet Radio App onto their Android or Apple smartphone will be able to use a Ford Sync infotainment system equipped with Sync AppLink to control the app.
Tampa Bay, Fla. — Aamp of America announced it has acquired the assets and certain intellectual property of Precision Interface Electronics (PIE), a manufacturer of automotive OEM integration devices and accessories.
Aamp of America is a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity. Its brands include iSimple, Pacific Accessory Corporation (PAC), Phoenix Gold, Sound Quest, Stinger Electronics and Best Kits & Harnesses.
New York — Maserati and Bowers & Wilkins are bringing their Seven Notes World Tour to the U.S. to showcase their flagship products, including the car manufacturer's first model to feature an integrated Bowers & Wilkins car audio system.
The car, the Maserati Quattroporte, is Maserati’s flagship, which will be available in the spring.
The tour comes to Los Angeles on June 6 and to New York on June 13. The tour already hit Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Beijing and Shanghai, China; and Tokyo and will reach London on July 17.
Long Beach, Calif. – Greater differentiation between the Kenwood and JVC car electronics lines, a refocusing of the JVC marketing department on supporting sell-in and sell-though, and other select changes are on the horizon now that Kenwood’s Keith Lehmann has taken on the additional role of senior VP at JVC Mobile Entertainment.
At JVC, Lehmann is taking charge of JVC Mobile sales, marketing and business strategy. At Kenwood, whose car electronics sales exceed JVC’s, Lehmann’s title changes to executive VP of consumer electronics from senior VP.
Tokyo – Panasonic indicated Wednesday that it continues to reduce labor costs in an effort to return the company to profitability, this time in the automotive and industrial division.
Yoshihiko Yamada, who heads the division, reportedly told analysts and investors during a presentation here that it will reduce staff over the next three years with approximately 5,000 employees facing the axe, according to Reuters.
Cypress, Calif. – Clarion has opened a new office in Silicon Valley as part of a plan to work more closely with software and app companies.
Clarion’s new office is located in Santa Clara, Calif. near Google and Apple’s main campuses.
The new building will accommodate personnel from Clarion’s advanced engineering group and staffers from the marketing group.
Clearwater, Fla. — iSimple, a division of Aamp of America, took the wraps off a pair of vehicle accessories today and will have the devices on display during CTIA 2013, held in Las Vegas next week.
The BluStream car kit (model ISBT52) is designed to be used with any car featuring a 3.5mm jack. The plug-in device enables in-car Bluetooth and connects to most car radios, the company said. Suggested retail is $59.95.
Features include an echo-canceling microphone, a Call/Play button, A2DP streaming, USB power port for charging. It’s currently available.
Oxnard, Calif. — Scosche Industries introduced its first motorcycle accessories, the HD7000B stereo installation kit and SAHD656 speaker adapters Harley Davidsons.
The HD7000B aftermarket kit, which will accommodate ISO side mounting, mounts into the factory location using OEM hardware. Features include a plastic front panel, stainless-steel mounting screws, and the company’s Custom Fit install design. Suggested retail is $79.99 suggested retail.