New Prod­ucts


Easy Con­nec­tiv­ity

Who: Pioneer

What: Mul­ti­me­dia In-Dash A/V Re­ceivers

Why: Pioneer Elec­tron­ics is mak­ing it even eas­ier to im­prove your in-ve­hi­cle con­nec­tiv­ity with its two new mul­ti­me­dia A/V re­ceivers, which pro­vide great en­ter­tain­ment op­tions at a con­sumer-friendly price. The AVH-201EX and AVH-200EX dou­ble-DIN 6.2-inch mod­els are the first of Pioneer’s new line of 2018 in-dash mul­ti­me­dia re­ceivers.

Where: 800.421.1404; pi­o­neer­elec­tron­

Safety With Style

Who: Grant Prod­ucts

What: Airbag Steer­ing Wheels

Why: This is a fresh take on your late-model truck’s old, worn-out, airbag-equipped steer­ing wheel. These leather­wrapped steer­ing wheels mea­sure 15.5 inches in di­am­e­ter. They have a com­fort­able leather bind­ing that in­creases grip to make tack­ling tight turns and wind­ing roads a breeze. In­stal­la­tion is quick and seam­less, with an easy-to-fol­low in­struc­tion guide or on­line video tu­to­rial.

Where: 800.230.3030; sum­mi­trac­

Stealth Boom

Who: JL Au­dio

What: Stealth­box Sub­woofer Sys­tem

Why: GM truck and SUV own­ers who de­sire more bass per­for­mance than what’s supplied by the fac­tory sys­tem can now have what they crave with JL Au­dio’s com­pact Stealth­box sub­woofer sys­tem. It’s de­signed to fit in­side the front cen­ter con­sole, without af­fect­ing cuphold­ers or stor­age space in the Ta­hoe, Sub­ur­ban, and Yukon, as well as the Sil­ver­ado and Sierra. Equipped with a sin­gle JL Au­dio 10-inch TW1 sub­woofer, it de­liv­ers ex­tra­or­di­nary deep bass with zero com­pro­mise in ve­hi­cle com­fort or func­tion, and com­plete in­vis­i­bil­ity. There is also a model for the Col­orado and Canyon crew cab that fits un­der the rear bench seat.

Where: 954.443.1100; jlau­

Power Shift

Who: Phoenix Gold

What: Ti3 Am­pli­fiers

Why: These am­pli­fiers are ush­er­ing in a new era for Phoenix Gold, with bold de­signs and an old-school fla­vor— add to that cut­ting-edge fea­tures, sys­tem flex­i­bil­ity, and lots and lots of power. Power Shift al­lows you to di­rect power where it is needed. Ac­tive sys­tem de­sign has never been eas­ier. Power out­put can be redi­rected to the chan­nels that can best uti­lize it. The amps in­clude a pre­ci­sion sig­nal con­trol cen­ter with 24dB Linkwitz-Riley crossovers for pre­cise fre­quency con­trol, matched in­put level for (Phase) compensation of ve­hi­cle acous­tics and sub­woofer place­ment, and a 24dB ad­justable sub­sonic fil­ter to op­ti­mize speaker and en­clo­sure ef­fi­ciency. Bass shift can be ad­justed from the lis­ten­ing po­si­tion via the in­cluded con­troller.

Where: 800.477.2267; phoenix­

Up­grades Sim­pli­fied

Who: PAC Au­dio

What: Am­pPRO

Why: This fac­tory sound sys­tem up­grade so­lu­tion has al­lowed many PAC cus­tomers to dra­mat­i­cally im­prove the sound in ve­hi­cles while re­tain­ing the fac­tory ra­dio fit, fin­ish, and fea­tures. Op­tions for Ford, GM, Chrysler, and Toy­ota are cur­rently of­fered or will be re­leased. PAC en­gi­neered the Am­pPRO to sim­plify the in­stal­la­tion of upgraded am­pli­fiers in data-bus–con­trolled am­pli­fied sound sys­tems. Where: 800.477.2267; pac-au­

Am­plify & Clar­ify

Who: Kicker Au­dio

What: The Key Smart Am­pli­fier

Why: This is a smart am­pli­fier and au­dio pro­ces­sor in one. Don’t just make your sys­tem louder—make it clearer. The

Key Smart am­pli­fier uses a pow­er­ful in­ter­nal com­puter to de­liver dra­matic im­prove­ments in realism and sound­stage. A mas­sive 40-band equal­izer im­proves tonal­ity. A 24dB cross­over re­de­fines the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of each speaker, and time align­ment de­liv­ers un­heard realism. The con­cert qual­ity of your fac­tory stereo is re­vealed! What would take hours for a pro­fes­sional to achieve takes place in a mat­ter of min­utes—au­to­mat­i­cally and at the push of a sin­gle but­ton.

Where: 405.624.8510; kick­er­au­

Ac­ces­sory Con­trol

Who: AEV

What: Switch Pod for Ram Trucks

Why: Aux­il­iary driv­ing lights, an LED light­bar, front and rear lock­ers, and an on-board air com­pres­sor are all com­mon up­grades for any off-road en­thu­si­ast. AEV’s Switch Pod for the ’09to-’18 Ram 1500 and ’10-and-up Ram 2500/3500 is de­signed for the DIY in­staller who is look­ing for a clean, func­tional mount­ing lo­ca­tion for up to six aux­il­iary switches. Specif­i­cally molded to fit the con­tours of the Ram’s dash­board without be­ing too ob­tru­sive, this switch pod sits just above the ra­dio, keep­ing all your im­por­tant switches safely within arm’s reach. The AEV Switch Pod is painted black to match the Ram’s dark in­te­rior trim pieces but can be cus­tom painted to match any color com­bi­na­tion. In­stal­la­tion is very straight­for­ward and will take less than an hour on most trucks. Where: 248.926.0256; aev-con­ver­

Big Face, Tight Space

Who: Alpine Elec­tron­ics

What: iLX-F309 Hov­er­ing Re­ceiver

Why: The Halo9 is an AM/FM au­dio/video re­ceiver with a 9-inch WVGA touch­screen that uses a sin­gle-DIN chas­sis for in­stal­la­tion, but the screen “hovers” in front of the ve­hi­cle’s dash, al­low­ing the over­size screen to be added to a va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles without the need for cus­tom in­stal­la­tion. It is fea­ture-packed with ev­ery­thing you need to play your au­dio/video con­tent from mul­ti­ple sources. The iLX-F309’s “Halo9” nick­name is de­scrip­tive for the screen’s unique hov­er­ing po­si­tion and its 9-inch size. Where: 800.257.4631;

See Clearly

Who: Rigid In­dus­tries

What: Ford Light Kits

Why: Rigid In­dus­tries’ new Ford Rap­tor and Su­per Duty light kits with D-Se­ries or SR-Se­ries lights are abra­sion-re­sis­tant to hold up against all the ele­ments you throw at them. They are also light­weight, UV-re­sis­tant, and made in the U.S.A. The Stealth mount kits fea­ture laser-cut stain­less steel con­struc­tion and a black pow­der­coat fin­ish to match the lights for a seam­less look.

Where: 855.760.5337; rigidin­dus­

Ear Candy

Who: Ken­wood

What: Hi-Res Am­pli­fiers and Sep­a­rates

Why: Ken­wood is adding a pair of mul­ti­chan­nel am­pli­fiers as well as two sets of com­po­nent speak­ers (which are fully ca­pa­ble of re­pro­duc­ing the ex­tend­e­drange au­dio as it was orig­i­nally in­tended) to its Hi-Res Au­dio lineup. The ad­di­tion of these mod­els al­lows a pre­mium au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence for mu­sic lovers and au­dio­philes. The XR901-5 is a five-chan­nel am­pli­fier pro­duc­ing 60 watts RMS from each of four chan­nels with the re­main­ing chan­nel pro­vid­ing 400 watts

RMS at 4 ohms to a sub­woofer. The XR401-4 is a four­chan­nel struc­ture that can be re­con­fig­ured to two or three chan­nels.

The new­est sep­a­rates are spe­cially de­signed to fit into most fac­tory lo­ca­tions and still de­liver a Hi-Res Au­dio–com­pli­ant fre­quency re­sponse of 25 kHz to 48 kHz. The XR-1603HR in­cludes a 6.5-inch midrange, while the XR-1703HR fea­tures a 6.75-inch de­sign. Both are part­nered with a 1-inch, silk-dome tweeter with ad­justable sur­face-mount op­tions.

Where: 800.950.5005; ken­

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