Thousands of consumers, hundreds of dealers and dozens of vendors hit Daytona Beach in March to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Spring Break Nationals.
Audiobahn announced the appointment of industry veteran Rick Andersen as executive VP for the company’s family of brands. Andersen will oversee systematic operations and sales objectives for all brands while re-instilling the relationships Audiobahn has built with its network of distributors. He has over 39 years in the automotive and consumer electronics businesses, most recently held the title of Senior VP of Alphasonik. Snap AV announced that Bill Harrell has joined the company as vice president of sales. Harrell will be responsible for the company’s overall sales strategy. Harrell comes to Snap AV with over 20 years in the consumer electronics industry, including over 12
Maisto International and Audiobahn have teamed up to create a toy that has an MP3 player hook-up built in. The new 1:10 scale Radio-Controlled Volkswagen Bus can be hooked up to any MP3 player and driven around while the tunes blast away. Since this is a collaboration with Audiobahn, they are providing one of their sound systems for the bus, albeit in a scaled-down version. Other features include working headlights, taillights, glowing engine and an actual working suspension system. The unit will be available exclusively at Target stores this holiday season.
Audiobahn was awarded with the title of "12 Volt Vendor of the Year" by P&E Distributors in Tennessee. Honored for excellence in three-step distribution, product availability and profitability, Audiobahn accepted the award at P&E's 8th annual "Sho-Nuff" Open House. "Audiobahn truly deserves this honor," says P&E's Josh Eatherly. "They've consistently proven their support and reliability in the 12 volt industry in all facets of distribution. We're lucky to have them on our team." P&E Distributors is no stranger to honors themselves. The company received SEMA's acclaimed "Warehouse Distributor of the Year" at the 2004 SEMA Show. Audiobahn National Sales
Interfacing was a major theme among this year's CES car electronics exhibitors. That was obvious in the proliferation of iPod interfaces from Alpine, Audiobahn, Audiovox, Clarion, DLO, Monster, Peripheral Electronics, Pioneer and dozens more. Also important was the increased emphasis on interfacing aftermarket electronics with OEM electronics from companies like Scosche, Axxess, PAC and Metra. At this CES, Audio Control and JL Audio announced audio interfaces, and Alpine stressed its ability to work with OEM systems. For example, Alpine's VPA-B211A Vehicle Hub Interface Adapter ($300) "allows a consumer to keep the factory system, keep all the integrity of the wiring and
Mobile electronics reach a more diverse demographic By Natalie Hope McDonald Boys and their cars. The old assumption was that somehow young males were the only drivers interested in pimping their rides with the latest gear. But as more consumer electronics products are designed to lavish drivers with audio and video luxuries such as LCD screens, satellite radio and MP3 audio, it becomes apparent that the usual suspects are no longer the only buyers retailers are wooing. Thanks to buzz in the home electronics sector, drivers are now treating their vehicles as an extension of their homes. The Thirtysomething Factor For one, satellite radio
Transshipped At A Cost The resale of products at wholesale is pervasive, but some are bolstering efforts to keep it in check. By Janet Pinkerton This scenario may sound familiar: A fulfillment house legitimately purchases 4,000 camcorders directly from a vendor at a good price, taking delivery over six months time for a premium rewards program. But at the program's end there are 100 left over in inventory and so the fulfillment house turns around and sells off the remaining camcorders at wholesale "on the streets" to other retailers. It's called transshipping, and it's an all-to-common practice at all levels of retail that few
Trends in Mobile Performance Gear By Natalie Hope McDonald If looks could kill, then the latest in mobile performance gear would serve consecutive life sentences. While audio has secured a holy place in the trunks and backseats of mobile enthusiasts, style is experiencing similar signs of life. And while many of these aesthetic features may not enhance performance in quite the same way that a subwoofer does, customers are looking to the details to complete the total mobile experience, from the inside of a car or truck to out. Accessories, ranging anywhere from $30 to $300, not only enhance the driver's designs, but also create profitable add-ons
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Mobile electronics boasts more bass By Brett Solomon Advances in mobile electronics were all around the North Hall at this year's CES. In the case of amplifiers and woofers, 2003 can be described as the year of the boom. Woofers designed specifically with Sound Pressure Level (SPL) to withstand the rigors of mobile competition abounded. Manufacturers embracing the massive SPL woofer trend included: Audiobahn, with the AW00Q series; JBL, with the GTi series; JL Audio, with the W7 series; MTX and its Thunder 8000 and RFL series; and Orion with its H2 series. You can tell these woofers apart from mundane units because of their prominent