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; pioneerelectronics.com.
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; summitracing.com
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; jlaudio.com
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; phoenixgold.com
Who: PAC Audio
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-audio.com
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; kickeraudio.com
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-conversions.com
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; alpine-usa.com
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; rigidindustries.com
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; kenwood.com/usa