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Modesto, Calif. – April 2, 2019 -- ARC Audio of Modesto, California, and Automotive Data Solutions of Montreal, Quebec, have completed the development and testing of the iData Maestro AR interface for its complete line of Pro-Series Digital Signal Processors. The PS8-Pro, PS8-50 and IPS 8.8 are now compatible with the Maestro AR amplifier replacement interface and its latest firmware to provide direct control over your choice of Pro-Series DSP from the factory-installed audio system source unit in more than 500 different Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Toyota, Lexus, Subaru, Volkswagen, Maserati, and Ram cars and trucks.
Upgrading the audio system in these vehicles using the Maestro AR and ARC Audio’s processors and solutions becomes predictable and reliable with no need to guess about signal bandwidth, processing, or noise affecting the outcome. A direct hard-wired remote turn-on trigger is provided to activate the audio system reliably. This dedicated connection negates the need for signal-sensing-based installations.

The process starts with the client purchasing an iData Maestro AR module and the appropriate vehicle-specific T-harness that is compatible with Pro-Series DSP devices. The correct harness for compatible applications can be found at On the amp and processor side, you will need to choose a PS8-Pro, PS8-50, or IPS 8.8 plus the IDATA-OEM input cable. The IDATA-OEM cable is manufactured and sold by ARC Audio, not by ADS.

After programming and installing the vehicle specific firmware to the Maestro AR module via IDATA Maestro’s Weblink Desktop installer app, vehicle-specific installation guides and wiring diagrams are provided by iData for the specific vehicle installation.  It is important to follow these guides as different vehicles use different connection configurations on common vehicle platform harnesses. Details are provided in the Vehicle Wire Reference Chart in each guide. Finally, users can finish defining their system configuration in the ARC Audio Pro-Series DSP utility software. Identifying settings like channel assignments and are required so the Maestro AR module knows where everything is in your vehicle. Proper settings ensure functions like the fader and balance controls work properly.

Taking it one step further the ARC Audio Pro-Series DSP software provides extensive customization of radio-based features as well as the system configuration and tuning tools that have created many of the best-sounding mobile audio systems on the planet. Adjustments for tone control shelf-frequency and midrange EQ are all configurable in the software. Likewise, certain vehicle platforms provide speed-based volume functions that can be assigned to allow different presets/tunes for perfect sound while cruising around town or traveling on the Interstate.

Compatible ARC Audio Pro-Series Devices

PS8-Pro – Eight-Channel Stand-alone Digital Signal Processor  
IPS 8.8 – Eight Channel Digital Signal Processor compatible with ARC 1000.2, ARC 1000.4 and ARC 1000.6 amplifiers  
PS8-50 – Eight-Channel Amplifier with integrated Eight-Channel Digital Signal Processor. Rated at 8x50 Watts @ 4-Ohms, 8x100 watts @ 2-Ohms.  

For more information about ARC Audio products, visit your local authorized ARC Audio distributor, sales representative, or call the head office at 209-543-8706. For information about Automotive Data Solutions, please contact your distributor or for details and fitment guide.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., March 30th, 2020 -- JVC Mobile Entertainment announced it is collaborating with iDatalink Maestro to provide virtual trainings to authorized dealers this Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 PM EST, highlighting their exclusive features.

JVC has expanded their multimedia lineup to now offer 8 receivers that provide support for iDatalink Maestro RR/RR2, with two of their receivers providing “Advanced Support.” Exclusive features, including the best in OEM volume knob support and dynamic guideline camera overlay will be covered during the training.  

“We are excited about the opportunity to team up with JVC to provide information on our combined exclusive features, as well as provide an overview of our entire product line,” said Matt Yerger, iDatalink Maestro’s E-Learning Manger. “By leveraging the power of both brands at once, dealers can capitalize on efficiently learning about the best in offerings for their customers.”

JVC has been focusing on providing virtual trainings to its dealers and distributors over the course of the last several weeks and is now committed to further dedicating its time and resources to this. “We want to ensure that our dealers are ready to provide the best in product technology and support, and collaborating with iDatalink Maestro allows us to maximize these efforts in an efficient manner,” said Ron Trout, Director of Sales for JVC’s Mobile Entertainment division.

If you are interested in attending this virtual training webinar and/or If you are interested in setting up a personalized virtual training session, please contact your JVC sales rep for details.

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

LONG BEACH, CALIF., April 1st, 2020 -- KENWOOD USA announced its training team has partnered up with iDatalink Maestro to bring authorized dealers the first of their combined live training webinars for 2020 this Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM EST.

Earlier this month, KENWOOD began its email promotion “IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU,” which encouraged dealers to capitalize on this time to get prepared with knowledge on their 2020 product line by scheduling a personalized webinar training session. Now, they’ve teamed up with iDatalink Maestro’s training team to bring you the first of their combined “Virtual Training” sessions.

“With so much previous success in holding combined in-person training sessions with KENWOOD, it seemed natural to bring the duo of our class leading products and technologies together using the power of the web during these times,” said Mark Rutledge, iDatalink Maestro’s Director of Engineering, New Products. “Seeing the solutions and advantages of how our products work together seamlessly enables dealers the opportunity to give their customers the best in-vehicle experience possible.”

KENWOOD and iDatalink Maestro’s training teams already have plans in place for additional virtual trainings, including targeted Facebook live events to debut in the weeks to come. “We are all better when we are together and holding interactive virtual training events allows us all to stay connected, even when at a distance,” said Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales & Marketing. “We couldn’t be happier to host an event that allows dealers to not only learn about the latest in KENWOOD products, but also the opportunity to grasp the full scope of what iDatalink Maestro has to offer them.”

To get access to this live training webinar and/or If you are interested in setting up a personalized training session, please contact your KENWOOD sales rep for details.

For more information on KENWOOD products, visit

About JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation

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 KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at,

iDatalink Maestro RR2 interface enables touch-screen control of alerts, location marking and more.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., August 7, 2018 (MEDIAWIRE)– KENWOOD USA announced that ESCORT’s two installed radar detection platforms—ESCORT iX Ci and ESCORT MAX Ci—can now work with the latest KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon digital multimedia receivers. The integration, which is achieved via connection to the new iDatalink Maestro RR2 interface by Automotive Data Solutions (ADS), enables drivers to get alerts and adjust settings of the detection system. The Maestro RR2 will ship at the end of August and will be available through authorized KENWOOD retailers.

With the new integration, drivers see ESCORT radar detector information on the KENWOOD multimedia screen, including vehicle speed and the current location’s speed limit. Alerts play through the vehicle’s front speaker, announcing the specific radar or laser band, current vehicle speed and direction (if rear radar is installed).  The driver can use the touch screen to turn off the laser shifter (if equipped) and mark red-light cameras, speed traps and police locations.

Designed to be seamlessly integrated into the vehicle, the ESCORT iX Ci and ESCORT MAX Ci feature intelligent and advanced detection range, respectively, and provide front radar protection against all radar speed monitoring devices. Both platforms include the ability to add on rear radar as well as up to four laser shifters to accommodate any radar and laser detection application.

The new iDatalink Maestro RR2 covers more applications than its predecessor with the enhanced ability to connect to multi-network systems in newer vehicles. An additional serial port and audio input enable connectivity with the ESCORT radar detector platforms. The system also features wireless configuration via an upcoming smartphone app that will make installation and programming easier.

“We are very pleased that, through continuing innovation between technology partners, we can create practical, driver-beneficial synergies between our products,” said Scott Caswell, senior marketing manager for KENWOOD. “These days, driving safety is the most important topic on consumers’ minds when it comes to vehicles. If we can deliver a simpler, yet still powerful user experience through our integration, it’s a definite win for drivers.”

The KENWOOD /ADS / ESCORT integration will be on display at the trade-only KnowledgeFest exhibit and education conference, August 17-19 at the Dallas Convention Center. ESCORT and KENWOOD will feature working demonstrations in their respective booths and educate retailers and technicians on the features and user benefits in their exclusive training workshops. Attendees can reserve seats in the workshops at

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 1-800-950-5005 or visit us at,

5-2-2017 -- Automotive Data Solutions Inc. (ADS), makers of the iDatalink Maestro audio interface products, was granted a US patent 9,619,144 on April 11, 2017 protecting the graphical user interface method of programming used to flash the Maestro products.

Known as 'Weblink' to the ADS installer community, Maestro's Web-programming interface is particularly appreciated for its intuitive visual configuration of steering wheel button assignments, choosing the factory systems to retain and even getting a vehicle specific installation guide.

“It’s rewarding to see our hard work and strong focus on innovation be recognized by the patent office,” said Frank Barassi, President of ADS. “We always push the boundaries in everything we do to continue to provide viable solutions for the automotive aftermarket.

iDatalink Maestro products enable seamless integration into vehicles when replacing the radio or amplifier and retain most factory systems. In addition, they add consumer demanded features like performance gauges, tire pressure monitoring and dynamic parking guidelines when used with compatible partner products.  

For more information about ADS or Maestro, please visit 

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