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AAMP of America, Inc., a portfolio company of Audax Group, today formally announced its acquisition of American International - a California-based manufacturer of car audio installation kits and accessories. With this move, AAMP of America strengthens its position in the mobile electronics industry and increases the number of products, services and solutions the company provides to its many national and international business partners.
AAMP of America - an industry leader and parent company of such brands as Stinger, Phoenix Gold, iSimple, Pacific Accessory Corporation, Sound Quest and Best Kits
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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.”
The main course in a mobile electronics install is the old reliable deck-and-four. But we all know the gravy is accessories, and that gravy is getting a lot richer. While accessories still consist of the traditional fuse blocks, garden-hose sized power wire and stiffening capacitors that resemble ConEd substations, savvy dealers are adding iPod, Bluetooth and steering wheel controls to the deck-and-fours. Others are taking a step further with satellite TV for rear-seat video monitors and other higher-end add-ons. In the past, installing traditional mobile electronics accessories meant doubling the cost of a sub $75 product and charging slightly more for
AAMP of America’s OEM integration division, Peripheral Electronics, this week announced the release of a line of in-car radio replacement interfaces. The products are meant to allow users to replace their original radios without disrupting any in-car computer systems. The products cover such cars as Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Hummer, Jeep, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Saturn, with expansion planned for Audi, Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, Toyota and Volkswagen.
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
Independent retailers come together to create a better dashboard democracy By Brett Solomon MERA's (Mobile Enhancement Retailers Association) annual KnowledgeFest, this year held March 12-16 in Louisville, Ky., was the beginning of a battle cry for independent retailers to form an alliance against automobile manufacturers who are making it more and more difficult to install aftermarket products in new vehicles. On Saturday, March 13, retailers, manufacturers, and everyone else in attendance was welcomed to the Town Meeting on OEM Integration. A panel discussion ensued led by OEM Integration stalwarts Rob Putnam of SoundGate, Ira Marlowe of BlitzSafe, Ron Freeman of Peripheral Electronics,