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Anniversary highlighted by 2015 Ram truck build at 2017 CES

LONG BEACH, CALIF., January 25, 2017 (MEDIAWIRE) – Thirty-five years ago, a company that had already made its name in the development of the VHS cassette and player, as well as multiple television and audio technologies, decided to turn its considerable expertise toward making great-sounding car audio. This year, JVC Mobile Entertainment commemorated three-and-a-half decades of driving experience enhancement during the 2017 CES. Its 800-square-foot-booth featured a 2015 Ram 1500 adorned with the official "35 Years Strong" logo.

"New “El Kameleon” screen innovations, the addition of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, vehicle integration through iDataLink Maestro, plus accommodation of multiple streaming media services, signal a significant technological jump that can't be ignored," said Hazim Jainoor, marketing manager of the JVC Mobile Entertainment brand. "While 35 is not the typical celebration interval for anniversaries, we felt it was appropriate to recognize the company's accomplishments this year. In five or 15 more years, we will be looking at a whole new set of technologies to celebrate."

The Ram 1500 was outfitted by Misha Munoz, owner of Divine 1 Customs in Henderson, Nev. The facility is renowned for its celebrity builds, transforming vehicles for names such as Deadmau5, TJ Lavin, Carey Hart, Tim Love, Guy Fieri, Corey Harrison, Sergio Romo and Axel Rose.

The full-featured audio / video system is headed by the JVC KW-V820BT multimedia receiver with Apple CarPlay and SiriusXM® satellite radio in a Metra dash kit. The receiver’s left and right channels each connect to a KS-AX5104 amplifier, powering a trio of CS-ZX640 coaxial speakers in a fiberglass enclosure bolted along the lower portion of each door. For the low end, a KS-5101D mono-block amplifier drives three CS-GD1210 subwoofers in sealed, separated enclosures made of MDF and fiberglass.

The truck’s seats were reupholstered in red leather by Katzkin, which also covers the door speaker enclosures. The same color was used to treat the trim around the air vents. On the outside, PPG-supplied paint creates a patina look to simulate original red giving way to primer white. The truck also received performance upgrades with a K&N cold-air intake and Ride Tech suspension. The original 22-inch factory wheels were finished in chrome and fitted with Falken tires.

“We had a blast putting this vehicle together,” said Munoz, a 20-year installer and fabricator. “It’s especially memorable because we also celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Divine 1 Customs this past year. We’ve built some great cars for JVC and really value the relationship we have with the brand. Congrats on the 35th anniversary, and we are honored to have a part in it.”

The 35th anniversary Ram truck will make its rounds throughout the year, visiting both KnowledgeFest shows in April and August, as well as select distributor shows and consumer events. JVC will also be developing promotional materials with the commemorative logo. For more information, visit

JVC Mobile, worldwide provider of audio/visual entertainment products for the vehicle, announced it has hired Adam Ortiz to assume the position of training manager. With almost 15 years of industry experience, Ortiz will strengthen the company's staff of nationwide instructors and keep dealers and distributors up to date on the brand’s latest products, features and programs.

Ortiz moves to JVC Mobile from sister company Kenwood, where he gained extensive experience working with retailers and installers across the United States to offer training and product support. In addition, he provided in-depth technical and sales instruction to West Coast retailers through the company's support department, and built show vehicles for major trade shows. Prior to Kenwood, Ortiz performed sales and installation duties for two major car audio retail chains. In his new position, Ortiz will leverage his experience to proactively train national accounts in key regions around the country.

"It's always great when you can get an industry professional who has seen time at the retail level to take on a training position," said Hazim Jainoor, marketing and training manager for JVC Mobile. "In addition to understanding our products and being able to explain features and benefits, he can also relate to the day-to-day issues of retailers, salespeople and installers and deliver product knowledge and advice in a real-world fashion. Adam has successfully demonstrated that ability and rapport throughout his career."

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Team Sales, TR Sales to support JVC retailers across nine states

LONG BEACH, CALIF., October 2, 2018 (MEDIAWIRE)– JVC Mobile Entertainment has partnered with professional rep firms Team Sales and TR Sales to provide sales and service for JVC retailers in the nine states across the middle U.S. region. The new partnerships give JVC a proven, knowledgeable team of professionals to empower retailers with service and expertise.

Team Sales and Marketing, established in 1986, specializes in 12-volt mobile, marine and powersports products. The firm’s six-person staff, led by principals Mark Couch and Brian Tolley, will manage accounts and establish new JVC retailers in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

TR Sales and Marketing, headed by President and CEO Todd Green, represents a broad variety of consumer electronics products in its home state of Indiana as well as Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Todd splits duties with TR Sales Vice President Ray Green and the pair bring more than 40 years of experience to specialty retailers.

“Our goal is always to provide our retailers with superior service and support,” said Ron Trout, director of sales for JVC’s car electronics sector. “Team Sales combines a focus on the industry with a real desire to create strong relationships to help retailers grow. TR Sales prioritizes communication and the sharing of ideas to keep its retail base strong. These traits are what we want in our team members, and we’re thrilled to have both groups on board.”

To reach Team Sales, call (281) 391-3175 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. TR Sales can be reached at (317) 469-4847 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment, and navigation products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-252-5722 or visit us at,

LONG BEACH, CALIF. – November 2, 2016 (MEDIAWIRE) – JVC Mobile Entertainment announced it has become the official head unit sponsor of “Zed Sled 2,” a vehicle restoration project by TV personality and paint expert Kevin “KT” Tetz. The finished 1978 Camaro Z28 will feature the JVC KD-R875BTS, to be replaced with the 2017 model KD-R985BTS when it becomes available. The audio installation was conducted by Christopher Robinson of AutoPro of Nashville, while most engine work was finished at Bay One Customs in Springfield, Tenn.

“We are happy to be involved in a project that has garnered so much attention from automotive and restoration devotees,” said Hazim Jainoor, marketing manager for JVC Mobile Entertainment. “Kevin is well-respected in the automotive aftermarket, both for his knowledge of paint and restoration, and his enthusiasm in connecting with his audience.”

The Camaro will be showcased at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, in the Heatshield Products booth, #24013 in the Central Hall, and later on enthusiast network television and other car shows. For more information on the vehicle, search ‘Zed Sled 2’ at 

12-21-2016 -- For the first time in its line-up, JVC will offering Android Auto compatibility with its flagship multimedia and digital media receivers. The receivers will debut at the 2017 CES in Las Vegas. 

The JVC exhibit will be located at Booth #4602 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to the Android Auto feature, the 2017 line-up will also include:

• 20 new receivers for 2017: 15 are currently shipping; the remaining five will ship in the first quarter of 2017.
• New KW-M730BT Digital Media Receiver: Features include a double-DIN mech-less design with support for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto ™.
• 2 new receivers (KD-R888BT and KD-R988BTS) featuring new flat-face design and 4-volt pre-outs with MSRPs of $100 and $130, respectively.
• Remote App: A free wireless phone app (available from the App Store or Google Play) that enables control of a compatible JVC receiver through the smartphone via Bluetooth®. Users can view source information and change audio settings in addition to source control, and use the app as a standalone music player when not connected to the receiver.
• JVC Streaming DJ: Allows streaming of content on a compatible receiver via Bluetooth from up to 5 simultaneously connected wireless devices.


Users choose between stylish flat face or variable illumination

LAS VEGAS – January 5, 2017 (MEDIAWIRE) – JVC Mobile Entertainment replaced its popular KD-R975BTS with the KD-R985BTS, and introduced the new KD-R988BTS to create a single-DIN flagship duo that provides two style options. Buyers can select complete variable illumination to match vehicle lighting, or take one-button simplicity in a new flat-face design. Besides this distinction, both models provide a similar user experience, including two new features that make listening to music a social event among passengers in the vehicle.

“The KD-R985BTS and KD-R988BTS offer two distinctly different looks, both of which enhance the style of any vehicle,” said Hazim Jainoor, marketing manager for the JVC Mobile Entertainment brand. “We set out to make them visually appealing and fun to interact with, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that they produce high-quality audio and provide seamless smartphone integration.”

The KD-R988BTS features JVC’s new flat-face design with an ergonomic main feature button. The elongated, dual-press button can be set to almost any color to offset the blue and white of the radio display, and controls source selection, volume and sound adjustment as well as answering and ending phone calls over a Bluetooth®-connected smartphone.

The KD-R985BTS by contrast has three zones in which illumination can be set individually. Its refreshed design includes illuminated preset buttons and USB port. Both units share a new 2-line display that shows source and status information in an easy-to-read format.

The new units are the first to feature JVC Streaming DJ, which lets up to five smartphones be simultaneously connected over Bluetooth to play music through the receiver. Passengers can easily switch songs by pressing play on their phone to push their media to the receiver. JVC Streaming DJ works with songs stored on the phone as well as the phone’s streaming media apps. Also, with the JVC Remote smartphone app available from the App Store or Google Play, passengers can operate the receiver, view sources and make audio adjustments from a compatible smartphone connected via Bluetooth.

Smartphones and storage media can connect through the front USB port which also charges select devices. Both models feature built-in control of content played from a connected iPhone® or Android™-based smartphone. A connected iPhone (wired or Bluetooth) enables Siri Eyes Free support to let users get information and perform functions using only voice commands. In addition, both units let users control popular streaming services Pandora Radio® and iHeartRadio directly from the receiver interface, and are SiriusXM® ready with connection of the SiriusXM Connect SXV300 satellite radio tuner (subscription required; sold separately).

The KD-R988BTS and KD-R985BTS will connect up to two smartphones simultaneously via Bluetooth to make hands-free phone calls and play stored or streaming content. They can accommodate several audio file formats—most significant of which is FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)—and their Sound Adjustment suite works with the entire system to enhance sound quality and optimize the listening stage.

Both units include a 13-band equalizer with eight presets and three parametric equalization settings for most music types. Built in amplification (50 watts x 4) plus a direct connection for a high-efficiency subwoofer make each receiver an easy upgrade for most standard audio systems, and high- and low-pass filters allow connection of external amplifiers to the two sets of four-volt, pre-amplified outputs.

The KD-R988BTS ad KS-R985BTS are available now with suggested retail pricing of $140 and $130, respectively. For more information, visit

Promotion throughout summer events to support key retailers and independent specialists

LONG BEACH, CALIF., July 17, 2017 (MEDIAWIRE) – JVC Mobile Entertainment announced it is sponsoring two landmark amphitheaters in the state of Washington—Gorge Amphitheater in George and White River Amphitheater in Auburn—both owned and operated by Live Nation. The sponsorship is part of JVC's push to connect with live-music lovers during venue events and channel customers into local retail stores by promoting the JVC brand and products.

Through October, JVC branding will be featured on Gorge and White River signage and concert screens. Brand ambassadors will actively engage concertgoers with giveaways, text-to-win prizes and product displays showcasing the JVC KW-V830BT DVD receiver equipped with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Attendees will also receive bounce-back coupons for product discounts at local CarToys retail stores.

"JVC Mobile Entertainment has always been about the celebration of music," said Hazim Jainoor, brand marketing manager. "We are excited to engage with avid music lovers and connect them to retailers in their area who will help create their ideal listening experience. All independent JVC retailers benefit from promotions like these because of the heightened brand awareness that our collaboration brings. The Pacific Northwest is the first of several planned venue collaborations that will support local car audio specialists."

The KW-V830BT carries an MSRP of $599.95. For more information, visit

In-store staff to win prizes for selling qualifying JVC products through June 30

LONG BEACH, CALIF. – April 14, 2016 (MEDIAWIRE) – JVC Mobile Entertainment, producer of lifestyle-enhancing car audio products, is kicking off the third iteration of its DrivePoints promotion for authorized JVC retailers. The company announced the new promotion with an email to its retail dealer base this past week.

DrivePoints is intended to reward the sales personnel and installation staff at participating JVC Mobile retail outlets. Between April 1 and June 30, 2016, retail sales staff earn and accumulate points that can be redeemed for prizes when a qualifying JVC product is sold.

"DrivePoints is part of a larger program to strengthen the relationship between JVC and the specialist mobile electronics community," said Hazim Jainoor, marketing manager. "The performance and build quality of our products is traditionally underrated, and we're able to maintain attractive price points and still deliver decent margin to our retailers. We're excited to reward loyal dealers for doing something they already love to do."

Another component of the specialist push is the introduction of the company's first multimedia receiver equipped with Apple CarPlay™, the KW-V820BT. The double-DIN unit also brings back the El Kameleon moniker with its black, buttonless face when turned off. The KW-V820BT is expected to ship in May.

Authorized JVC retailers can register for DrivePoints, as well as log and redeem points, by going online to A list of qualifying products can be downloaded at

LONG BEACH, CALIF., February 22nd, 2021 -- JVC Mobile Entertainment is pleased to announce that Norcal Sales & Marketing is now representing its products in Hawaii.

Led by their president John Tatro, Norcal Sales & Marketing has been offering sales representation in Northern California and Nevada for nearly 20 years. Last year, Norcal added Keoni Watson to its team, a veteran rep that lives on the island of Oahu. Watson was born and raised in Oahu and has been a manufacturer’s representative there for the past 24 years. He lives by his motto of always wanting to a bring value to his dealer base and assist them in growing their business.

“Since our inception, we have been executing business plans that meet and exceed expectations of our vendor partners,” said Tatro. “Having an established, well received native rep that is based in the islands is key to effectively servicing that dealer base."

“Norcal Sales has already been representing JVC products in Northern California and Nevada since 2008, even being selected as our rep of the year 4 times,” said Ron Trout, JVC Director of Sales. “Their track record has been proven time and time again, and I’m confident that they will offer this same level of top-notch service and support to JVC dealers in the Hawaii market.”

For more information on JVC Mobile Entertainment, visit

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-252-5722 or visit us at, and

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