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May '19

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12 THE SHOP MAY 2019 Pack Amplifier create an impressive system that delivers an amazing amount of power without the need for a traditional, sec- ondary amplifier," says Mike Anderson, VP of Alpine's aftermarket unit. "This com- bination represents an easy way for our retailers to outfit their customers' vehicles with upgraded sound." The KTA-450 fits behind the iLX-W650 in a traditional double-DIN slot. Or it can be mounted remotely. Either way, when the two products are used together, the system produces 400 watts of dynamic peak power without the bulk and hassle of a traditional amplifier. The KTA-450 has a one-sided terminal layout for easy installation and a plug-and- play connection for the iLX-W650. Pioneer also showed off an innovative head unit that uses the customer's smart- phone for additional display real estate to keep the feature set high and the price low. The SPH-10BT has a built-in, rotatable smartphone cradle—a first for Pioneer— designed to provide a secure mounting solution and fully integrate the smartphone with the in-dash receiver. Once placed in this cradle, the customer's smartphone becomes visually combined with the SPH-10BT, revolutionizing the user experience. The customer just needs to download the Pioneer Smart Sync app on their phone. The cradle that comes out of the head unit can be used with the phone vertically or horizontally, so the user can choose which way works best for the particular app they are using. For example, for media the smartphone will probably look best set horizontally (or landscape). But if you are using Waze for navigation, you can just give your phone a twist and it will sit vertically. "The single-DIN chassis size is almost universal, with the ability to be installed in both older and newer vehicles," says Ted Cardenas, VP of marketing for Pioneer. "However, given its compact size, a single- DIN receiver often lacks a large touchscreen or the ability to integrate well with the smartphone. The SPH-10BT offers a very unique solution by integrating the smart- phone both electronically and physically." The SPH-10BT is also compatible with Pioneer's ND-PS1 rear parking sensors. When connected with the sensors installed in the rear vehicle bumper, the SPH-10BT provides audible object warnings and visual indicators on both the in-dash receiver and the Pioneer Smart Sync app. Pioneer is partnering with LoJack's parent company to create a device that plugs into the OBD-II port and allows customers to add stolen vehicle recovery in addition to Wi-Fi in the car. "The ability to add LoJack Stolen Vehicle Location Assist, available for the first time through aftermarket retailers, to practically any car is an exciting and valuable benefit for the end consumer," Cardenas says. GOING DEEP Sometimes, customers want to add more bass to their audio systems without the expense and sawdust needed to create a custom subwoofer enclosure. Rockford Fosgate has designed a unit that will work well in most vehicles. The sub enclosure includes built-in amplification, so everything has been thought out. "The Punch P500-12P gives you the ability to add great-sounding bass to your factory-installed or aftermarket stereo," says Theresa Anthony, VP of sales and marketing at Rockford. "It's an all-in-one solution with a 12-inch high-output woofer coupled to a 500-watt internal amplifier housed in a sleek enclosure. You can change the amount of bass on the fly with the CES 2019 The Wild & Wonderful from The Rockford Fosgate Punch P500-12P offers the ability to add improved bass to a factory- installed or aftermarket stereo. VOXX Electronics has partnered with DW Fritz to create an onboard jump-starter that is installed in the vehicle.

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