Companies Ready Vehicle-Specific OEM Car-Audio Upgrades

Companies Ready Vehicle-Specific OEM Car-Audio Upgrades

By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 14 2014 - 5:20pm




Las Vegas – More aftermarket car-audio upgrade packages are being tailored for use in specific vehicles with the vehicle’s factory radio.

At International CES, Harman unveiled vehicle-specific aftermarket upgrade packages tailored for specific vehicles in various countries. The first system for a U.S. market vehicle is intended for the Jeep Wrangler and will be JBL-branded.

Rockford expanded its selection of vehicle-specific systems under the Match brand.

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Spring Break Car Electronics Expo Changes ’14 Date

Spring Break Car Electronics Expo Changes ’14 Date

By Joe Palenchar On Aug 30 2013 - 8:36am




Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Next year’s Spring Break Nationals Mobile Electronics Expo will return to its traditional late-March time frame during the peak of Spring Break activities.

In addtion, the 28th annual event will separate loud displays from sound-quality-focused displays at the request of exhibitors, said SBN founder Paul Papadeas.

 The consumer and trade show will run March 22 and 23 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. The 2013 event was held earlier in March and fell between the Daytona 500 Race and Bike Week.

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Rep Firm End Result Concludes 12th Annual Expo

Rep Firm End Result Concludes 12th Annual Expo

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 19 2013 - 11:36am


Wayne Puntel of AudioCraft (left) and Paradigm’s Keith Dowd talk about the industry at a recent CE show held by rep company End Result of Pittsburgh.


Columbus, Ohio — Pittsburgh-based rep company End Result wrapped up its 12th annual expo for home-A/V and 12-volt retailers.

The show attracted about 120 attendees who viewed new products, attended educational seminars, and participated in manufacturers’ training sessions.

The show, whose theme was “Get Better,” hosted seminars on such topics as “How to Increase Floor Traffic,” “How to Compete with the Internet,” and “Projector and Screen Tricks and Tips.”

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By Joseph Palenchar on Feb 22 2013 - 5:24pm


How I Learned To Love The Factory Databus

Years ago, the autosound aftermarket rightly feared the arrival of the digital OEM databus and the integration of multiple OEM electronics and electrical systems.

These technologies rendered many aftermarket autosound installations impractical because removing a factory head unit often disabled one or more OEM systems. The OEM developments did indeed cause irreparable harm to the aftermarket, as did the rising quality of OEM sound systems.

But now the aftermarket is leveraging the OEM databus to its advantage.  

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Boss Launches Car, Marine Head Units

Boss Launches Car, Marine Head Units

By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 29 2013 - 3:19pm




Oxnard, Calif. – Boss International launched multiple aftermarket car audio products, including three Boss Audio DVD-equipped multimedia receivers, a multimedia-navigation unit, and five marine head units.

Boss International also launched a four-channel amp under the Planet Audio brand and a multimedia head unit under the Sound Storm Laboratories brand.

The Boss-brand navigation unit is the $496-suggested single-DIN BV9969NV, which features a motorized 7-inch widescreen touchscreen that emerges from the dash.

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iSimple Adds Sears, Kmart To Distribution

iSimple Adds Sears, Kmart To Distribution

By Joseph Palenchar On Nov 26 2012 - 4:04pm

iSimple’s $34-suggested ISSH6501SorongHold tablet and smartphone holder for vehi
iSimple’s $34-suggested ISSH6501SorongHold tablet and smartphone holder for vehicles is among the brand’s first products appearing in Sears and Kmart stores.


Tampa Bay, Fla. – Car stereo accessories supplier iSimple is expanding its distribution to Sears Automotive and Kmart stores.

The retail chains will offer products from the brand’s StrongHold line of tablet- and smartphone-mounting kits and several other products.

StrongHold products began appearing this month in 800 Sears Automotive stores, and about 1,200 Kmart stores will feature the products in a new display area called “The Gift Bar,” said Bogden Nedeclu, senior VP/GM of iSimple parent Aamp of America.

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Ingram To Sell Blaupunkt In Western States

Ingram To Sell Blaupunkt In Western States

TWICE Staff On Nov 9 2012 - 10:34am




Scottsdale, Ariz.  – Ingram Micro’s Consumer Electronics Division (IMCE) has inked a distribution deal with Blaupunkt to sell its car audio and Bluetooth enabled components.

The deal provides access to retailers in the western United States to Blaupunkt’s first class receivers, amps and speaker systems.

The initial product rollout will include 40 specially selected car audio components including iPod/iPhone compatible receivers, Bluetooth-enabled displays, subwoofers, speakers and amps.

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Audiovox Heads To SEMA

Audiovox Heads To SEMA

Lisa Johnston On Oct 29 2012 - 12:56pm

The new iPad car mounts feature steel construction.
The new iPad car mounts feature steel construction.


Las Vegas — Audiovox went to the SEMA show armed with a variety of announcements, including the introduction of a rearview mirror with built-in navigation, and a new iPad mount and accessories line.

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Seven Car Makers To Exhibit At CES

Seven Car Makers To Exhibit At CES

TWICE Staff On Oct 26 2012 - 2:42pm

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Detroit — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said a record number of automotive manufacturers will exhibit at the 2013 International  CES.

Seven manufacturers will showcase their latest technologies on the show floor: Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia and Subaru. This will be Subaru’s first time exhibiting at the show, which will be held Jan. 8-11, 2013, in Las Vegas.  

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PIE Readies Car OEM-Integration Kits For iPhone 5

PIE Readies Car OEM-Integration Kits For iPhone 5

Joseph Palenchar On Oct 26 2012 - 2:39pm




Canoga Park, Calif. — Precision Interface Electronics (PIE) will go to next week’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show to demonstrate OEM-interface technology compatible with the iPhone 5 and other Apple mobile devices equipped with the new eight-pin Lightning connector.

PIE said it expects to deploy the technology in a variety of new products in the coming year.

The technology is designed to be compatible with the iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, iPad Mini, and the latest iPod Touch and Nano. All come with a Lightning connector.

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