New products and new technologies are creating big opportunities for mobile installers By Brett Solomon The aftermarket for in-vehicle entertainment and other applications is exploding, even as automakers set up their OEM efforts. This month, we take a look at some hot products and applications in the four major segments of the in-vehicle market: audio, navigation, video and security. Video Front-seat mobile video products are becoming big sellers as price points drop. As much as these systems have been in the news recently because of cases involving driver distraction, consumers are still demanding the technology for the front of the vehicle, and why not?
Today's evolving C-Business landscape is like a Rohrschach test, in that the patterns look different to everyone that takes a peek. But in spite of—or perhaps as a result of—the explosive changes taking place in technology and business practices, the sector remains rich with possibility and continues to grow exponentially. Sometimes that success is driven by companies and individuals whose work is often overlooked in the larger scope of events. Other times, the success is the work of highly visible forces, who bring forth visionary ideas that rock the industry. All of which brings us to this year's C-Business 50. Each year, Custom Retailer
Congratulations to the 2003 Excite Award Winners: AUDIO Audio Disc Player Denon DVD-9000 Krell SACD Standard Audio Server Marantz Opus AudioReQuest Tera Multichannel Processor Meridian 861 Lexicon MC-8 Multichannel Amplifier Elan D1200 Integra RDA-7 Multichannel Receiver Pioneer VSX-49txi Marantz 9300 Multi-Zone Controller Xantech MRC88 Russound CAV6.6 Multi-Zone Receiver B&K CT-610 Niles ZR-8630AV Floorstanding Speakers Tannoy Sensys DC-2 Legacy Whisper Bookshelf Speakers KEF Model 201 Paradigm Monitor 5 Mini Speakers Totem Dreamcatcher Pinnacle Quantum Subwoofer Velodyne CHT-10 SpeakerCraft BassX W-10 In-Wall Speaker Paradigm SA-35 Meridian DSP420 On-Wall Speaker Mirage OMNISAT Jamo A210PDD In-Ceiling Speaker Sonance Elipse 2.0 LCR Parasound C-70 Outdoor Speaker Boston Acoustics
Audiobahn/Unwired Mobile DVD ENTERTAINMENT System by Grant Clauser While mobile DVD are becoming popular as factory-installed equipment, it's the aftermarket that's driving this sector of the business. I wanted to see and hear if this trend in high-tech travel is all it's cracked up to be, so I checked out a rear-seat entertainment system by Audiobahn and Unwired Technology. For this job, the vehicle was a humble family truckster, a 2003 Mazda MPV minivan, and I recruited Bill Weidemoyer and Joe Henning of Poor Boyz Customs to do the installation work. With a garage in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, Poor Boyz' mobile electronics installations