By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK – The marine-audio market might represent a sliver of the overall mobile aftermarket, but factory-level dollar sales were up at double-digit percentage rates in 2012, prompting car electronics supplier to launch of new products.
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CYPRESS, CALIF. – Clarion is launching four new head units, two Class D amps, two subs and five speaker pairs. They’re due late in the first quarter and in the middle of the second quarter.
LAS VEGAS – Kicker unveiled its most compact amps and shallowest subwoofers ever.
They’re targeted to ship by the end of the first quarter.
The amps, all featuring Class D circuitry, consist of five mono subwoofer amp, a four-channel amp, a stereo amp, and a five-channel amp. The largest model measures in at only 15.5 inches long. The mono amps are priced from a suggested $329 to $1,129. The two-channel amp is $199; the four-channel amp is $329; and the five-channel amp is $549.
LAS VEGAS – Social commentators might criticize the fashion industry for its emphasis on thinness, but the car audio aftermarket is not deterred by political correctness and continues to maintain that “thinner is better,” at least when it comes to amplifiers and speakers.
Vehicles themselves are thinner and smaller than ever, and autosound suppliers at International CES put a special emphasis on making amplifiers and speakers smaller and thinner to fit in more vehicles in more locations.
LAS VEGAS — Rockford Fosgate is launching more than 40 car amplifiers, speakers, and factory-integration and applicationspecific products to round out the brand’s Power-, Punch- and Prime-series products.
The lineup will include the first 2-ohm single-voice-coil subwoofers in the Punch series. They’re designed to maximize the output of Rockford Fosgate’s mono-block amplifiers.
LAS VEGAS — New aftermarket head units launched here by Boss Audio include three double-DIN mech-less models, one with the company’s own Display Link technology to mirror the display of a connected Android device.
Also new is an amplified speaker system for ATVs.
The mech-less head units feature AM/FM, no CD mechanism, input for USB-connected devices, SD card slot, stereo Bluetooth and analog aux input.
LAS VEGAS — A major expansion of the Axxera car audio series is among the highlights of Dual’s product introductions at International CES, where the company is also expanding its Dual-branded car audio and marine audio selections.
All products ship in the first quarter; prices were unavailable.
LAS VEGAS — Cobra Electronics headed to International CES with an expanded offering of radar detectors, including what it’s calling the first under-the-hood radar/laser/ camera detector to use a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone.
The iRadar S-series under-the-hood detector connects to Cobra’s free iRadar app, providing access to the crowd-sourcing iRadar Community.
LAS VEGAS — Clarion is bringing enhanced control of iPhones and Android smartphones to its aftermarket head-unit selection at International CES, where it is also launching a record number of marine-audio products and expanding its selection of car subwoofers.
LAS VEGAS — Rockford’s Lightning Audio brand will come here this week to launch 11 car audio speakers, which consist of two- and three-way fullrange speakers and two-way component speakers.
The speakers will feature shallower baskets so that installers use them as direct drop-in replacements in many factory locations, a spokesperson said. The two new component speakers feature reduced retail price points at $99 per pair, compared with previous prices of $129 and $149 per pair, to make upgrading more attainable to consumers, she added.