Audiovox has begun shipping under its Acoustic Research brand banner its first two-piece system that uses power line carrier (PLC) technology to transmit 1080p video and digital audio signals virtually wirelessly
Mobile electronics accessories are always the shining star in the profits of specialty retailers. There are the entry level accessories with extra features built in, such as high-end interconnects and power distribution. After that are step-up accessories, the ones that come after you’ve sold a head unit or a pair of speakers. With the customer rapport established, it’s much easier for the salesperson to say, “By the way, while we have your dashboard apart, we can install this for you at a discount because we’re already halfway there.”
WYNIT, Inc., announced this week that it has added Audiovox to its line of products. The deal includes LCD TVs, DVD players and mp3 players, as well as digital imaging products. “Audiovox’s mobile video line is number one in the industry, so our dealers will find this product availability excellent to meet the holiday buying season,” WYNIT’s Jay LaBarge said as part of the announcement. For more information, visit www.wynit.com
Audiovox recently unveiled a new in-car touchscreen monitor meant to make viewing of content possible for those in the back seat of the car. The Jensen MZ7TFT Touch Screen monitor, which works with established Multizone Jensen in-dash systems, displays and controls content ranging from radio to CD/DVD to iPods and gaming systems. “This is the ideal solution for leased vehicle applications where a consumer might not want a permanent mounting option,” Audiovox Electronics Corp. President Tom Malone said as part of the announcement. “The extra screens are controlled from right on the Touch Screen in the back..without disrupting the content playing on the
Audiovox Accessories Corp. has begun the rollout of a seven-model range of RCA-branded digital flat antenna products. The antennas are designed to meet the needs of the one-third of all U.S. households that rely solely on terrestrial TV reception – when the curtain comes down on analog broadcasting next February. “We’re calling this our ‘Better than Rabbit Ears’ solution,” said Hank Caskey, vice president/reception, whose company is now selling the first model in the line, the multi-directional RCA ANT1500 ($60), at Wal-Mart, with plans to deploy it soon in Circuit City and Best Buy stores. “Eighty percent of terrestrial antennas sold per
Audivox Corp. this week announced the release of a new rear-observation auto product meant to encourage child safety as well as prevention of accidents in general. The new product, which the company calls the “No Excuses” Do-It-Yourself Wireless Color Monitor and Back-Up Camera System, Model ACA250, was developed with the cooperation of the Oprah-approved accident-prevention charity Kids and Cars. The system, which retails for $129.00, plugs into any 12-volt cigarette lighter. “This new product is just what we are calling “‘No Excuses,’” the president of Audiovox Electronics Corp., Tom Malone, said as part of the announcement. “By removing the need for professional installation
New B&W Sales Group Manager for Florida The B&W Group North America announced this week that it has named Jim Scatena the new regional sales manager for the Florida market. Most recently the Northeastern regional sales manager for SpeakerCraft, Scatena will relocate to Florida from Ohio. Panamax Hires Paschke Panamax on Thursday announced that Jimmy Paschke has been named to the position of Eastern regional sales manager. A 15-year industry veteran, Paschke comes to Panamax from D&M Holdings. He will be based in North Carolina, reporting to national sales manager Kristin Ruff; and his territory will encompass most of the Eastern United States.
The mobile electronics category, perhaps more than any other CE sector, has felt the impact of inflated gas prices and shrinking discretionary income. To help retailers navigate the bumpy market, Dealerscope interviewed executives from several major aftermarket manufacturers to see what strategies they’re using to overcome the challenges. Dealerscope: What are some of the main challenges and issues your dealers face heading into Q3 and 4? Michael West, marketing director, Eclipse: Consumer mindset is the biggest problem. People are feeling bad about the housing crisis and economic conditions. Dealers need to emphasize what’s great about what they sell: car audio and navigation devices
LAS VEGAS- Audiovox Corporation launched a number of new products at it’s CES press conference under it’s recently acquired RCA brand. Among the highlights was the Homebase digital message center. Homebase is a digital picture frame with audio and video messaging capabilities, a built-in video and still camera, a digital calendar, sticky notes and allows for writing directly on the screen with a market. The units can be mounted on a refrigerator door or sit on a countertop. They include 512 megabytes of built-in memory for storing photos, audio and video and accept media cards to expand storage. Audiovox’s Tom Malone noted that while
- Audiovox Corp. has named Thomas A. Kreft as National Sales Manager for OEM, a position covering the Code and Audiovox brands. Kreft, a veteran of 22 years with the company, had been regional sales manager for the Central U.S. prior to the promotion. In the new position, Kreft will manage the OEM sales force and work with the company’s numerous automotive customers, which include Chrysler, Ford and GM, as well as Mazda, Nissan and Subaru. - OmniMount announced this week that it has promoted Alex Robertson to the position of senior vice president of sales, for both the U.S. and international markets.