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38 THE SHOP JANUARY 2019 RTA, SPL meter and polarity checker. Kind of like the ultimate chassis dyna- mometer and exhaust gas analyzer for speed shops, it gives car audio installers a versatile tool for delivering superior sound even in the most challenging vehicles. It can be a welcome addition for shops looking for a one-stop audio testing solution device. To make sure techs are well-versed in the new tech, the company offered offsite training seminars. Chris Bennett, Audio- Control's director of mobile audio, along with support from Bryan Schmitt, Josh White and Ada Ehdaivand covered the proper use of the DM-RTA, DSP tuning and fabrication. IT'S A JEEP THING Alpine Electronics unveiled its newest demo vehicle at the show: a 2018 four-door Jeep Wrangler JL that was built around the centerpiece i209-WRA-JL head unit. The 9-inch touchscreen multimedia system was specially designed for the Wran- gler platform under the Alpine Restyle umbrella. Up to eight vehicle accessories (such as a winch and light bar) can be controlled from the touchscreen using an optional controller. Additionally, an optional camera switcher allows up to three cameras to be added to the i209-WRA-JL for hardcore off-road work without a spotter. Switching between camera images is done through the touchscreen. An included iDa- talink Maestro module retains select factory features and displays vehicle information. "This Wrangler showcases our newest product, the i209-WRA-JL. The i209-WRA- JL is the first 9-inch aftermarket screen Audio Training with a Purpose It's always fun to check out all of the vehicle creations at the SEMA Show to spark ideas for your own builds. It's even better to come back from the show with knowledge you can apply to your busi- ness. As mentioned above, 12-volt audio manufacturer AudioControl led offsite training seminars to help installation techs learn the in-and-outs of its new products. Joseph Norton of Starwood Customs NWA (Northwest Arkansas) says the instruction provided real-world benefits. "I have attended training seminars at SEMA, CES and KnowledgeFest and this was one of the best I have experienced. The host shop Industry Auto Body & Fabrication made sure everyone had access to equipment and vehicles to learn the new products." Typically, AudioControl is known as a hardcore audio company, but Norton notes how the product design really ben- efits the entry-level customer. "We do a lot of off-road builds, but mobile electronics still represents about 25 percent of our sales," he says. "We'll get a typical high school kid come in with a pair of 12-inch woofers and ask us to install them. We steer them to a product like the AudioControl LC-1.800 to drive them, or an ACM-1.300 for an entry-level single-woofer setup. This way, they get a high-quality line output converter built into the unit." Manufacturers are aware of the pit- falls of today's sophisticated electronics systems and how to get a clean audio signal from complex OEM audio cir- cuits. Proper training arms shops with the product and installation knowledge to tackle any project. During the 2018 SEMA Show, 12-volt audio manufacturer AudioControl led offsite training seminars to help installation techs learn the in-and-outs of its new products. Mobile electronics retailers use shows like SEMA and CES to gather product knowledge and get inspired. Rockford Fosgate was among the many 12-volt companies in attendance at SEMA, showcas- ing its complete line of audio solu- tions for a variety of vehicles. Alpine Electronics unveiled its newest demo vehicle at the show: a 2018 four-door Jeep Wrangler JL that was built around the cen- terpiece i209-WRA-JL head unit.

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