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2010 M.E.N EXPO

APRIL 2010

A look back at the launches and news from this year’s event


The little Mitsubishi that packs a big Rose Gold punch




04 – ED SPEAK Hoping that the M.E.N Expo springboard dealers into a


great 2010

06-12 – NEWS The hottest new launches from Expo plus more industry news


14-15 – MUTANT COLT COVER CAR The Mitsubishi from Armour that’s a perfect fit for the Mutant brand

18-27 – M.E.N EXPO REPORT Launches and info from the trade event of the year

28 – PREPARE FOR SUMMER The products dealers should be promoting in the Summer



32 – BEAT’S NEW N1 A closer look at the double DIN BEAT N1 from Connects2


34 – MOTONAV The new MOTONAV range from Motorolla push things forward

36 – V.C.E. GUIDE Fitting the Parrot CK3100 kit to the new BMW X1

38 – CLARION’S 2010 RANGE Great new headunits from Clarion: CZ100E, CZ200E and CZ500E


40 – THE END OF CD PLAYERS Is the increasing trend for digital music going to kill off CD players?

42-43 – ENTRY-LEVEL HEADUNITS A look at the sub £150 headunits from the major manufacturers




Adam Rayner warns of some security issues with phone


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45-46 – M.E.N DIRECTORY Contact details from the best supplies in the industry




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ONWARDS AND UPWARDS The M.E.N Expo is now behind us and we’d like to say a big thank you to

Many of the latest products from the show can be found within this issue,

the exhibitors who once again supported the show brilliantly and made

either in the News section or in our show report later on. There’s also a

their hall a fantastic place to visit. We’d also like to thank all you dealers

closer look at the entry-level headunits (under £150 retail) from all the

who came to the event and hope that you were able to take advantage

major manufacturers, which is obviously an important area for dealers

of some of the special offers and first looks at hot new products. On that

to be keyed into nowadays. We’ve even taken a look at ways in which

second point it was great to see so many manufacturers and suppliers

dealers can make the most of the Summer months, of which it would

launching these exciting new products into the market, the highlights of

appear there are many. Plus, there’s the usual mix of features from

which can be read about it in our show report later on in this issue.

companies who recognise that these pages are one of the best ways to let you know what they’re upto and how they can help you to prosper.

The really positive thing to come out of the show was that many exhibitors weren’t resting on their laurels. The amount of effort that

In fact, M.E.N magazine’s main aim is to help you to increase your profits

they’ve been putting in to either refreshing their ranges to help dealers

and keep you informed of the latest happenings within the industry. It’s

have a more attractive proposition to customers, or looking at areas

your magazine, so if you have any feedback about the content or have

that will give dealers a totally new proposition was impressive. There are

news you would like to share with the industry then don’t hesitate to

products there now that could really excite the end user, but it’s up to all

get in contact. Similarly, if you were one of the many who attended the

of us in the industry to get the message out there. At virtually every level

M.E.N Expo and feel you would like to make any suggestions for 2011, or

of budget there’s something new that could make a big difference to

simply have a comment you would like to make, then we’d love to hear

your customers’ appreciation and enjoyment of mobile electronics, and

from you too. Until then, enjoy this issue and get ready to hit Summer with

certainly products that can make a difference to the ease of use of their

renewed vigour in the wake of another successful M.E.N Expo.

vehicles. And like we’ve pointed out before, there are so many products now that can help dealers to expand their offerings across a broader range of customers, that there’s no reason not to be promoting these heavily and getting more people through your doors throughout 2010.

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Sailes Marketing have released a new CAN Bus interface, part no: CB2PK.

every CAN Bus vehicle, so you can now offer your customers a professional

The CB2PK has been designed as an in-expensive way of automatically

install using any brand of parking sensor. There is a special offer trial price

de-activating front parking sensors when driving above 6 MPH. This prevents

on the CB2Pk for a limited period, so contact Sailes Marketing for further

the sensors from omitting false readings when driving and provides the

information. Alternatively you can visit their recently revamped website,

aftermarket install with an OE style effect. There is also a Reverse wire output,, for information on all their offerings to the trade.

which is ideal when fitting an 8-sensor kit. The CB2Pk is compatible with virtually

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Mike Deegan has now been appointed the Northern Regional Sales Manager for C.S.S, covering the midlands, south Wales and the north west of England. C.S.S’s Mick Barber said that Mike has “brought a broadening of knowledge” thanks to his long association with the industry. Mike started out at Blaupunkt back when in-car multimedia was first being developed and has since worked for Piranha, Scorpion and Toad. Mike has already started at the roll and was on hand at the 2010 M.E.N Expo to meet with many of C.S.S’s customers. M.E.N would like to wish Mike the best of luck in his new role. Contact: C.S.S, 01332 669920 or

PROJECT BIG BLACK PART 2 Those of you that attended the M.E.N Expo will have seen Matt Sprigg’s Mitsubishi Shogun near to the Connects2 stand. The matte black beast is a fair way off complete still, but that provided a good opportunity for both Matt and Connects2. Firstly it meant that people could see parts of a big install that never normally get seen and secondly,



NEW FOCAL SYMMETRIC AMPS AND 165 V30 SPEAKERS The latest offerings in the Focal amplifier range are the FPS2160, FPS2300,

visitors to the Auto

FPS4160 and the FPS1500. These are Focal’s symmetric amplifiers, slice

Sound & Style show

them down the middle or inspect them on the outside and they are

could get a good

perfectly symmetrical…hence the name. The model numbers relate to

look at the Ballistic

their power handling and channels i.e FPS2300 is a 2-channel amp 300w

sound deadening,

amp. All units have a progressive controlled cooling system to regulate

Tsunami cabling and

amp temperatures and provide audiophile quality. These stunning new

some of the Ground

amps are available via Armour Audio now. There are also the new 30th

Zero product. While

Anniversary limited edition Focal 165 V30 component speakers, featuring

much of what Matt did at the show was for demonstration purposes, the

stylish 6.5in speakers, TNB inverted dome tweeters and a polypropylene

end product should be quite different, especially as it’s due a trip to Paul

capacitor. The speakers offer lively production and high sensitivity,

Richardson at A1 Audio Design (that man gets everywhere!). Keep your

and naturally enough combine 30 years of Focal know-how in a very

eyes peeled on these pages for more info on what should be a real big

attractive special edition set. A must for Focal fans.

boomer of a build.

Contact: Armour Automotive, 0800 7839125 or

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MECH-LESS MVH-8200 FROM PIONEER In-line with the digital age Pioneer has launched the new MVH-800 headunit,

perfect sound, plus 3 pre-outs for building a system. Pioneer also offers the

allowing for the playback of music and video from iPod, iPhone, USB device,

MVH-8200BT, which has a built-in Parrot Bluetooth hands-free module, with

MP3 player and SD card…basically anything aside from CD. The unit comes

calls played through the car speakers and talking done via the included

with a 3in screen, which clearly displays playlists, album art, video and

external microphone. Both these units are iPod and iPhone friendly which

more and has customizable menu items, background image and button

should make them popular additions to your shop’s offerings. The suggested

illumination (from a choice of 113 colours!). The unit also comes with ‘Sonic

retail price for the MVH-800 is £319.99 and £369.99 for the MVH-8200BT model.

Center Control’ and an 8-band graphic equalizer for users to create their

Contact: Pioneer, 01753 789789 or

VIPER SMARTSTART 1.5 The latest SmartStart 1.5 for iPhone and BlackBerry is the next generation of the award-winning SmartStart

technology. The system allows for things like 2-way command and confirmation as well as push notification of alarm events. The push notification effectively means it acts like an alarm pager, while the 2-way command and confirmation lets the user know whether their command was received or not, which is good for peace of mind. The new version also allows for passcode protection, password management, button confirmation sounds and vehicle personalization (ideal if using for more that one vehicle). The basic features of SmartStart are still there such as lock/unlock, arm/disarm, remote car start, boot release and panic or car finder, all of which are done via your smartphone. The system is compatible with all premium remote start and security systems from Viper, Clifford and Python and could be an excellent up-sell to customers. It not only adds additional peace of mind, it’s also likely to impress their mates! Contact: Armour Automotive, 0800 7839125 or

ZENEC ZE-NC5010 FOR OPEL The latest E>GO Naviceiver from Zenec is tailored specifically to fit the Corsa D, Astra H and Zafira B. There are four different models available, different only in their finish so that dealers can get an exact match to the vehicle’s dashboard they are fitting the unit to. The ZE-NC5010 offers full multimedia as well as navigation to customers, including an integrated Parrot Bluetooth hands-free kit, iPod/iPhone 3G direct control, integrated SD car reader, USB port, RDS tuner, dual zone functionality and more. On the navigation side there are pre-installed maps for 43 Eastern and Western European countries, 2D and 3D map display, Text-to-Speech, tunnel mode and multi-destination search to name just some of the features. For customers with these vehicles wanting an OEM style system (that is still steering wheel control compatible), the Zenec ZENC5010 is a winning solution and sure to impress. Available from the beginning of April, make sure you add this product to your arsenal. Contact: Connects2, 0845 2575588 or

ALPINE’S £399 CONNECTS2 PACKAGE AMP WIRING KITS Unveiled at the M.E.N Expo, the Alpine £399 package looks like a great offering that dealers can take advantage of. With the CDE-112Ri headunit offering iPod compatibility plus component speakers, amp and sub it’s a great basic package for those

Connects2 have just released their new amp wiring kits and speaker cable kits. The three amp kits can be had for 400W, 800W or 1600W

customers wanting bigger and better tunes in their car. As it’s an

amps with low trade prices. The speaker

Alpine created package all the components are chosen to work

cables also come in three kits, with

well together so your customers are sure to be happy with the

1.5mm or 2.5mm cable in a 10m length

outcome, especially as the retail price of the package offers big

or 4mm cable in a 2m length. Clear or

savings. For more information on this offer from Alpine, contact them directly. Contact: Alpine Electronics, 02476 719623 or

blue colours are available and Connects2 have all of these products in stock now. Contact: Connects2, 0845 2575588 or







NAVIGON’S 8450 LIVE For those that attended the M.E.N Expo they will have seen the classy new 84 series portable navigation devices from NAVIGON. Offering incredible Real City 3D mapping of Europe’s main cities, Voice Command for searching things like local restaurants or for dialing numbers in your contacts, a Media Player, NAVIGON MyRoutes, premium Traffic Message Channel and NAVIGON Last Mile (that navigates the user after parking and will also find their car on the way back) it’s an impressive unit. With the top spec 8450 Live there’s also the benefits of Traffic Live, Mobile Safety Camera Live, Clever Parking Live and Weather Live, plus Google Local Search, making it a comprehensive companion when on the move. The stunning real glass and quality 5in display make a really desirable portable navigation device, so if you haven’t seen it for yourself yet then give NAVIGON a call for more information. Contact: NAVIGON, 01189 635965 or








EMMA UK launched into its new season, at the Auto Sound & Style show. With over 40 competitors to cram into a space for 30, it took a while to get all the vehicles into their respective judging positions. EMMA introduced some brand new judges at this event who had all attended a judging training workshop the weekend before and were raring to go! Despite the closeness of the season opener to Christmas, it is already clear that a good deal of work has gone into preparing cars for competition over winter. As is usual, UK Head Judge, Carlo Corbin of Ribble Valley Multimedia, organised and briefed the judges. An amount of leniency is always applied to the judging at the first event of the year and this was reflected in the scores, however, from here on, it gets tougher as we prepare competitors for the tough judging we experience at the Euro Finals. A fine job was made of event organisation and

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the back office worked superbly well to ensure that judges and competitors knew what they were supposed to be doing and when. Full results can be seen at as can a complete run down of events planned for the rest of the year. EMMA UK would like to thank its sponsors for their vital support. If you would like to get involved as a judge, competitor or sponsor, contact them on the details below. Contact: EMMA UK, 07779 76266 (Kenny), 07889 891513 (Carl) or



With huge support from our industry, the Auto Sound & Style show/M.E.N Expo certainly provided the perfect opportunity for dealers to talk with a vast array of suppliers and find out what was new. But anybody interested in mobile electronics found plenty to get excited about too, even if they weren’t there solely for business. From stunning product launches and the chance to get a close-up look at premium quality equipment they may have only read about before, to seeing the numerous innovative ways that the cars on show had built their audio installs, there was plenty to see and do. In fact, with manufacturer demo cars, dealer-supported customer cars and EMMA contestants’ cars all on show it was a veritable feast for the audio fan. And if all of that wasn’t enough for visitors to take in, the Auto Sound & Style promo girls surely must have finished a day off at the show perfectly. If you missed this years events, take a look at this small gallery and ask yourself why you weren’t there!





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FOUR MASTERS PASSES NETWORK STRENGTH TEST The annual FOUR MASTERS get together took place at a hotel in Redditch on Thursday 18th March. This event is billed as FOUR MASTER day and is

generally themed to reflect the trading environment. This year’s theme was “Post Apocalyptic Britain” and opened up with an image of London in ruins. Having set the scene by recapping some of the issues that have hit business hard over the last 12 months, Co-Founder of FOUR Brian Parton delivered a passionate and heartfelt plea for all members to work together to help restore some pride in the industry and communicate with new consumers. Brian Parton’s natural enthusiasm, energy and a passion for an industry he has worked in for 20 years had the FOUR MASTERS whooping and cheering and many were stirred into standing up and recounting their own experiences of how FOUR MASTERS helps their business on a day to day basis. Many were extremely positive about the consistency of effort and messages sighting many other schemes born to represent the industry which have died through lack of effort in the past. Others expressed delight about subsidised sales training and told of how valuable this had been to junior or less experienced members of their sales staff. But, the day was not all about back slapping and some very important issues were touched upon. Taking a refreshingly different approach to marketing is the ethos within the FOUR MASTER network, and a 20 minute guide to the “four p’s” of marketing acted as a focus sharpener on the new challenges ahead. There was also a demonstration of what happens when beautifully crafted arguments for visiting a store are crushed if the store visited does not look the part! (try a Google search for “car hi-fi Redditch” to see this!). In contrast to the opening image of destruction, the closing image was of “Mad Max, The Road Warrior” and a call for everyone to become a post apocalyptic hero! Contact: FOUR and FOUR MASTERS, 0845 4501594 or

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It’s unsurprising that all ICE dealers are feeling a little exposed with business like it is. But when you’re up against the wall, you need to be confident of making the most of every deal on the street, and working with the best people to help you with the products, support and commitment to get you through. As others pull out or pull back, Clarion remains the most experienced, sustained and committed brand to the UK aftermarket and its appointed dealers. Worth looking at eh?

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Mutant Mutant’s latest demo car reinforces what the brand is all about; quality sound at affordable prices.


Cast your minds back a few years and you’ll probably recall the last Mutant demo car, a slick-looking Honda Civic Type R with the latest Mutant products all sweetly installed. The ethos behind opting for a Civic Type R was because it represented the same kind of qualities that the Mutant brand does. It was an affordable car but with great performance, so the Mutant install went hand-in-hand with those qualities. The problem with that though was when Armour Automotive were looking for the next demo car to promote the Mutant brand with they needed to find a car that, like the Honda Civic Type R, delivered plenty of bang per buck. It’s not as easy as you’d think either, finding a vehicle with at least some credibility that delivers performance with an accessible price tag.



Fortunately a solution cropped up that fitted the bill perfectly. While

the job perfectly. The Rose Gold product from Mutant has, since it’s launch

some may be familiar with the Mitsubishi Colt, even with the 150bhp

in 2009, been about top performance in a keenly priced product…with an

turbo-charged CZT model, the Ralliart version of the CZT is a lesser-

appearance that aims to give a more classy visual appeal than its peers.

known beast. Similar in many ways to the CZT, Ralliart altered the

The understated black and gold look of the Mutant amps and speakers

engines internals to allow for a quicker sprint to 60mph and visually it

certainly suggests a more discerning approach. So when it came to building

takes many more cues from its big brother the Mitsubishi EVO X. Many

a demo car for the brand there needed to be an element of class but with

enthusiasts have dubbed the Ralliart Colt a “Baby EVO” in fact and

the street bass punch that the product delivers not left in the background. It

reviews suggest it’s a drive worthy of that association. With Mitsubishi

was Paul Richardson of A1 Audio Design who was eventually given the task

selling them brand new from around £12,500 they’re also clearly great

to transform the Colt into something that would do the Mutant brand proud,

value for money.

and to say he’s achieved that is an understatement. Unveiled at the 2010

As a car to suit the needs of the Mutant brand too, the Ralliart Colt does

M.E.N Expo the Mutant Colt was a star of the Armour stand.


Even from the outside the new demo car exhibits some nice touches that are sure to get younger customers excited. The bronze coloured Rota alloy wheels not only add a trendy JDM feel to the exterior, but the tyre stretch is very “of the moment”. The great thing about this car too is that it can slot into numerous shows across the UK over the coming year, including some of the large Japanese-only events, which can in turn get the Mutant product out in front of new customers. Great news for Mutant dealers then! It’s the inside that really counts though, with the EVO seats that come as standard in the Ralliart Colts sure to get numerous interested show-goers sat on them to hear just how hard this car can kick. It’s worth noting too that Armour also had one of their VI Monitors fitted into the dashboard, a wise way of adding some extra value to the demo car for the company. While not everyone that gets up close and personal with the Colt may appreciate A1 Audio Design’s perfectly sculptured door builds or attention to detail with things like the “Mutant” stitching in the install, there is one crucial message that they’ll hopefully take away from it; that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get some incredible sounds from your car. Amazingly, the total bill for all the Mutant product in this car is around one thousand pounds. Considering the spec list and the noise it produces that is quite an incredible price. Even Paul at A1 is seriously impressed by this fact, and claims that for around four to five thousand pounds a customer

could have this complete install replicated. As he points out, this could be a simple way for a customer to build a show car or a magazine feature car… in other words, it would be a small price to pay for nationwide fame! That’s certainly what’s in store for this Mitsubishi Colt as it starts out on its mission to wow the crowds at shows through 2010. If you get a chance to see it at a show, take a sit inside and get the volume up for yourself, and maybe you’ll realise too why offering the Mutant brand to your customers could be a winning idea. The Installer’s View: Paul Richardson, A1 Audio Design “Nathan Pierce of Armour Automotive approached me to discuss the possibilities of building their new Mutant Demo Car and asked what I could do for their set budget. I arranged a meeting and visited them and after seeing their new product range and the vehicle, we quickly came up with a system design that suited both the car and budget. It wasn’t long before the car turned up at our workshop full to the roof with goodies. The firsts steps were to strip the whole car down and get busy heavily sound deadening every panel. The second step was to design an enclosure which would make full use of the Mutant subs. For this we decided to use a clam-shell style box with a central port, which was designed with Bass Box Pro using all the correct parameters supplied by Mutant. The enclosure was built from 1in board outside of the vehicle, which enabled us to build a very sturdy enclosure that was then internally braced and sealed. The next thing was to get it into the car, but to do this we fully removed the passenger’s door, seats, handbrake and roof lining and side airbag curtains. The box fitted with no room to spare and once it was in we bolted it to car’s chassis. At this stage we could start the facia panel, which was

constructed in place then removed in order for us to smooth and trim it. Moving onto the rear, with very little room left, a false amp board was made with room behind to hide cables. This was then securely fixed to the rear of the sub box. With the amplifers’ control being mounted on the face of the amps it made it very handy to secure and wire all amps ready to adjust at the end. The top amp cover panel was again constructed in place then removed to smooth and trim. The panel can easily be removed with no fixing screws to access amps’ gains and service the rear batteries and fuses. When it came to the doors we tried to keep the builds slim and stylish, following the theme from the bass enclosure. It quickly took shape, the door builds are made of three layers with the speakers mounted from the rear. Although there are six amps on display only five are running. There are three mono amplifers each running at 2 ohm powering two 12in subs. Each door build has its own four channel amp with a separate channel per passive crossover for each mid and tweeter. The end result is a stylish and tidy build which performs and looks like a high-end setup, but all within a tidy little budget. If you get a chance to hear this car i think you would be pleasantly surprised what Mutant have achieved in there new stylish product range.” More of A1 Audio Designs work can be seen at, and they are happy to undertake work for the trade as well as the public.




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All the news from the must-visit mobile electronics trade show Once again the doors of Stoneleigh Park opened up to the mobile electronics industry, but this year there was something a little different. Consumers were allowed in for the first time on one of the days under the Auto Sound & Style banner, which certainly added a great extra dimension to the event. From a trade perspective there was an excellent turn out of dealers over both of the days and from what exhibitors told us there was plenty of business done. So a big “thank you” to all who attended and continue to make M.E.N Expo a must-visit event… and one that clearly continues to provide positive outcomes for all those who make the effort to attend. If you missed the show, hopefully this report will keep you up to speed with the product launches at show and the opportunities that these companies offer as we head deeper into 2010.






A good flow of cars went under the scrutiny of

Being the first round of the EMMA

On the Sunday, doors were flung open to consumers. With

the Four Masters experts, helping to recommend

UK competition it was a testament

the Car Aftermarket News hall showing off performance and

the best set-ups for anything from standard cars

to the enthusiasm of entrants that

styling parts too it was a chance for consumers to actually get

to minor tweaks on well-spec’d installs. One of

it had such a large turnout. While

a good look at products, which is quite unique for an event in

the keys that Four’s Chris Woods commented

not all the installs were totally

this market. Many in the M.E.N hall, especially audio suppliers,

on though was the poor safety standards some

finished or at least needed some

found the consumer day extremely useful, and some even

visitors had set with their installs, including some

fine tuning, it was a great start to

found it profitable, while many of you took the opportunity to

dangerous wiring. Hopefully the industry can

what should be another highly

attend the event on a Sunday when your shops were closed.

help spread this message and continue the

competitive year with new builds

With over 1000 people through the doors, it may not be the

good work shown here of educating end users

already entering and more sure to

biggest or busiest show on the calendar, but for consumers

of the beauty of a great install and the potential

hit the following rounds. Well done

serious about modifying it could prove to be ever more popular

hazards of a poor one.

to all those who won their classes.

in the future.



ARMOUR Armour’s hot new Ralliart Colt demo car for Mutant was reinforcing the message of desirable performance for a good price, something their Rose Gold product is becoming famous for. With 14 brands within Armour, there was plenty more though. Their Armour Audio programme for Focal, Orion, Kicker and Mutant is proving popular and the new audio demo boards that dealers can receive on loan as part of that are a great added extra. Focal now have their 170V speakers, designed specifically for Japanese cars for optimum sound quality, which should prove popular, plus a novel new High Cap, a plug-in to amp power cap of sorts. Updates are also being added to their IO range to make the most of dealer suggestions, while the VI Monitor continues to make strides, including new firmware updates and test results showing extreme accuracy on speed testing etc. On the security side the exciting news is the Viper 570i alarm that can be had with Smart Start, a trick new system that allows for control and alerts about armed vehicles to iPhones or Blackberries. And for Autoleads fans…well, watch this space.

ALPINE Alpine’s fantastic £399 deal for a boxed sub, amp, iPod-ready headunit and 7in speaker was a star of their stand. There were other highlights though including the IVA-D511RB motorised headunit, sailing against the tide of cheap motorised units by offering high-end quality…an area now overlooked by many manufacturers. Along with a new line-up of marine audio, they also showcased the second generation of PDX-F4 amp, now 20 percent smaller but with ultra wide frequency as well as new, extremely easy cable inputs. These sleek amps are also stackable for those that want more! Last month’s M.E.N cover star Scirocco also received plenty of admiration in the centre of Alpine’s great-looking stand.

AUDIOVOX Audiovox Incaar Systems’ three designs of rear seat entertainment were on show for dealers to get a real feel for. Each system offers something different for end customers, but all come with high OEM quality as standard! Magnat and Mac Audio products were also on display, with the chaps from the German HQ coming over to talk over the possibilities of UK distribution rights of their products with interested parties. Hopefully we’ll soon see these brands back in the UK.

AUDIOWAVE The British-made amps now have the new Aspire to offer customers. The amps can offer 200w per channel output and can even be parallel bridged. They look great in their powder-coated finish too, or the special edition with Union Jack backdrop and handfitted LEDs. A great addition to any serious install.

BASS FACTORY For the first time in 14 years Bass Factory have launched their own branded boxes into the market. The Street Thunder range caters for any 10in, 12in or 15in subs and combine the best of the two major types of ported boxes, offering deep roll-off but also a real punch at the high end. As Bass Factory say, they basically offer “seriously loud bass” and dealers are already finding many fans amongst consumers. Alternatively Bass Factory also offers sealed boxes in the same style and quality of finish.

AUTOMONITOR Specific monitors for the likes of the Toyota Rav4 and Vauxhall Insignia were on show, the likes of which should soon have tyre pressure monitors with displays fed to the screens available. The Baton HRW7N5C2 DVD headrest screen was also interesting, allowing for a slide-up hard cover to shield the screen when not used, or there are the new AM-HR750 headrest screens that have an 8.5in screen but also have a USB, SD card reader and built in speakers all for a retail price of around 50 percent of it’s most obvious competitor unit. Additionally Automonitor showcased their new range of parking sensors plus the range of roof-mounted screens from 7in to 19in diameters.

BRAVOX “The Voice of Brazil” must be seriously loud if their EDX-12 sub is anything to go by. The 3000W RMS 12in sub has been measured at 161.3db which Bravox claim makes it the most powerful 12in sub about. They also have OEM size speakers available meaning everyone can have high quality audio, something Bravox are keen to promote. Throughout the show the company were talking to dealers about supplying the brand, which they’re sure to continue doing. So get in touch if you want to speak with the company (that has been around since 1948) about offering your customers Bravox in the future.










Car Audio Security attacked the show on two fronts. On one side they took advantage of retailing to

C.S.S had their full compliment of products

the consumers, promoting the JBL brand in particular with bright orange branded T-shirts handed out.

on show including their Park Safe parking

They were also responsible for a great collection of cars, their Impreza now sporting a brilliant wheel

sensors and GT Alarms. It was a chance for

and stance combo, while their Ferrari was proof that audio can live in high end vehicles. These Infinity,

dealers to take a look at their Rhino Mat sound

JBL and Harman demo cars will be seen at loads more shows this year, so keep your eyes peeled. For

deadening too, plus items like the trick Thule

dealers, CAS were promoting their incentive schemes, where LG TVs (upto 50ins) and Blu Ray

bike rack that attaches to tow bars. The Onyx

players can be had through March and April depending on the level of spend on

brand of audio was also well represented,

JBL, Infinity and Harman products in that period. Make sure you contact

proving popular with consumers once they

them for more details on this excellent offer.

heard the single or double boxed sub and amp packages in their demo car. For relatively little money and running standard front speakers, the demo car showed the punch of loud bass that Onyx can provide and it clearly did the job on consumers. They also had a high-to-low pass line out converter which allows users to keep their car’s original equipment but add some bass, which may be a useful solution for dealers.

CEL TRADE CEL Trade were proudly showing off their recent agreement to distribute Sony car audio products and had the latest on show. Garmin were also on hand to update dealers about the range of navigation products while CEL trade continued to promote the Hello Biker intercom system for motorcycle riders. Added to all of this they had a display of their Cobra products including alarms and their Park Master parking sensors, along with some Rosen screens linked to games systems that helped show their quality and functionality to consumers and the trade alike.



Motorola’s newest offerings were causing a stir on the

CKO had their full compliment of screens on

Chameleon stand. The new TK30 is aimed at the mid-range

display including the latest Eurologics items.

hands-free market, offering not only the obvious capabilities

These are vehicle specific headrests covering

but adding music playing abilities. The MotoNav is the real

mainly German cars that take great care in

jewel in the crown though, coming in four models, two of which

matching the factory trim and complying to

offer widescreen viewing, while there are options of UK and ROI

the all-important safety requirements. They also

navigation or the whole of Europe. Naturally the MotoNav is also a hands-free kit and can link upto iPods making it virtually a one-stop solution for in-car functionality and entertainment. This could be a big mover for 2010 judging by the response at the show.

had their new CKO 4SEN16 parking sensors, offering even smaller sensors for a more discreet fitment, plus their larger 4SEN20 sensors that


match to vehicles

last years HD amps but have the hyper-efficient NexD technology

dealers are fitting

to unleash huge, audiophile-grade performance from an

them to.

and a Class D monoblock amps available soon (with good Celsus customers getting them around April), the 5-channel and 2-channel versions are set for later this year. “This is a way of creating interest again in the industry” said Celsus of the ultra compact XD range and they may have a point. Stinger were also on the Celsus stand, showing off the new DSI speed camera detection unit. The system is modular meaning it can be added to and has numerous features that are truly unique including a slimline card option. M.E.N will be looking at both of these products in more depth soon.


colours for a closer

The hot news from Celsus was the new JL Audio XD range of amps for 2010. These are smaller than

amazingly compact package. With 6-channel, 4-channel


come in a variety of


CONNECTS2 CLARION The Clarion decaled Nissan GT-R was the first thing visitors to their stand would notice. Inside their trailer though was a chance to get a closer look at products like the MX700E double DIN headunit with sat nav. There were also the entry-level single DIN units such as the CZ200E, CZ100E and CZ500E which you will have read all about in last month’s news section. Having a play with them in person though surely helped dealers to feel the quality for themselves.

DE TRADE DE Trade had a good response from the trade for their Sniper range of car security, something they launched at last year’s event and continues to prove popular. Their new armrest mounted screen is another great product, offering an 8.5in screen and DVD player for back seat viewers to watch…perfect for drivers watching their pennies as it means this swivelling screen can do the job of two headrest mounted ones. The infra red Taxi CCTV also looks a useful product, providing clear viewing at night of the inside of cabs, the footage of which is backed up on SD card, with 16 hours of recording time.

FOUR Aside from letting their Four Master experts loose as ‘car doctors’ during the Auto Sound & Style day of the show, Four also had a range of their products on display. The stunning Garman range were eyecatchers, including the 400W iPaul amp that can have any photo added to the outside at the factory (the one on show having a Union Jack). There was also a chance to check out the impressive Hertz SPL Show sub and find out about their latest Hertz deals, plus inspect packs of their Skinz sound deadening systems. Four also had examples of their Poket OEM style prefab doorbuilds, a way of installing audio into door cards with minimum fuss while retaining factory looks, something that installers would do well to investigate further.

Connects2 take a great proactive approach to the M.E.N Expo, making sure that they represent the full array of what they do as well as possible to the trade. From the Zenec demo cars elsewhere in the halls to full displays of Shuriken batteries, Tsunami installation products and a wall of their fascia plates on their stand. The Vauxhall Insignia on show also proved how they can now interface with that car which was a smart move. On the audio side of things the Ground Zero products and LG headunit range were well displayed, plus new products from BEAT. These included the new mechless BEAT 175 and the top-spec double DIN BEAT N1 unit, which was getting a great response from dealers. M.E.N will take a closer look at this in the future.

DENSION Dension had already produced the Gateway 500 which connects iPod, MP3 player or USB storage devices to car stereos by fibre optic, but they were showing the Gateway 300 kit off, that does the same for most VW and Audi CAN equipped vehicles. There was also a chance for dealers to familiarise themselves with Dension’s Wi Drive system, allowing for Wifi internet in cars, something that they may not have had a chance to do since its launch.

IMCOPEX Coming soon, but on display, was a range of Haztec warning lights and light bars. As they pointed out, even installers may find orange lighting on vans important if trying to travel to jobs on site. The Novus range was clearly the key area of their stand though, the fantastic Eye Plus black box video system being a particular star of the stand, being their latest offering and providing something quite unique to the comprehensive Novus range. A rundown of this product was run in last month’s M.E.N magazine, but for more information contact Novus directly.

IN-PHASE The M.E.N cover star Nissan 350Z took pride of place on In-Phase’s stand, but for those looking past that there were some great new parts. First off was In-Phase’s new mechless headunit, keeping up with the modern need for just digital music. They also had a new ultra compact sub on show, plus the full compliment of In-Phase’s new super slim speakers. Around the other side of the stand it was Car Audio Centre took their turn to talk with dealers. As reported on previously in M.E.N, this is an opportunity for existing dealers to convert their business to a recognised brand and take advantage of national recognition and promotion plus even better deals on stock buying. As CAC point out, this could be a way for independent retailers to fight back against national chains.






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KENWOOD Plenty of new innovation on this stand. The new 11-digit display and easier access buttons on the entry-level KDC-314A headunit, the iPod ready KDC-4547UW or different display colour KDC-4047UG, the new double line display on the KDC-5047U, the soon to be released mechless

JKM How impressive was the noise coming from Ian Pinder’s van? If you weren’t there then the answer is “very” (if you were there, then the answer may be “ouch”). Considering that JKM’s G4 in-car PC was

KIV-700, the BT-50 with similar functions to the iPod-ready version but with built-in Parrot Bluetooth and large, easy-to-use call answer and hang-up buttons and finally the new double DIN multimedia units with 3D mapping, iPod like option selection on the touchscreen and compatibility with the CMOS-300 190 degree camera. Phew. On top of this the Kenwood Scirocco continued to get plenty of admirers.

the source for that noise is proof of just how versatile JKM’s system is. Inside their Focus RS, a more subtle, factory-looking install of the G4 was in place, allowing visitors to sit inside and get a full demo of the range of useability that the system offers. With further developments in the works, JKM’s offerings in the in-vehicle computer field should continue to excite the trade and end user alike.

KNIGHTWATCH Aside from security products like remote wireless security sensors for van doors and the like, Knightwatch were making a big show of their innovative new Alcholock system. Ideal for fleets (National Express coaches have already started using it), the system immobilises a vehicle and can only be by-passed if the driver


passes an alcohol breath check. It can be fully

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it can add to businesses. They are constantly working hard to update their application lists, making sure that their wellrespected product can be fitted to virtually any vehicle that may need them, including new model releases.

MIDBASS Winners of M.E.N Expo’s Best Stand award, visitors could see new product within the impressive central archway or check out the fine array of demo cars, including a lovely new GT-R! Product wise there was the new Vibe Black Air band pass enclosure, an active box with wiring kit included. There are also new 8in or 12in Lite Air subs which are available as passive or active woofers. The Vibe CBR range is also replaced now, with vented 10in and 12in active boxes in the new design with remote control. Fli also have a new box design for the Fli Trap, a ported box with built-in power amp and pre-amp, plus a makeover in other areas. For example the Fli amps are now smaller in size and

PAMA Pama specialise in anything to do with communication and were proudly showing off the Scala bike intercoms and Dexim iPhone accessories. They also supply Plantronics Bluetooth headsets, often considered the ultimate in their field and looking more like jewellery than a lump of plastic for the ear. Pama also supply Pro Nav, which is navigation for trucks and can be had with built-in digital TV. This system can also be had for disabled users, indicating blue badge holder parking spaces and similar. Additionally Pama

Class D, available in 2-channel, 4-channel or as a sub amp, and the Fli speakers now have a stylish new cone design and an improved motor system. Good stuff.

have their own branded range of communication products, which accommodate virtually every need your customers may have from hands-free, phone holders, chargers…the list goes on!

NAVIGON The whole Navigon range was on display, but the Expo was all about the new 8450 Live. This supersleek navigation device is not only stunning to look at (especially using the iPod type of glass for a really classy feel) but it comes with fantastic 3D mapping, rammed full of detail. There are currently discussions underway that could add live services such as Google, tracking and truck routing too which would make this unit even more impressive.




PRO PLUS Pro Plus took over an entire corner of the show, being supported by a huge number of customers on the Auto Sound & Style day. With so many cars rammed with Rockford or Diamond Audio products, it was a great chance for visitors to see the product in action for themselves. Pro Plus were keen to point out the

STEELMATE Steelmate have a new tyre pressure monitoring

loyalty their brands inspire and were keen to reinforce the message to dealers of their emphasis on customer service and depth of stock available for prompt delivery.

system, which they reckon is a great product for dealers, with trick functions like the ability to reprogram the data screen should wheels and tyres be swapped around on the car. Dealers could also look at their HID kits, which should soon be available and able to work with CAN cars without flashing warning lights on the dash. On top of this was a new four sensor front parking kit which has self-learning ability, ideal if vehicles are fitted with bullbars or similar.

PARROT Aside from the uber stylish Stark home audio speakers that Parrot had on display and the high spec digital picture viewers, the main point for Parrot was to get dealers upto speed with the newly refreshed MKI range of Bluetooth hands-free products. They also showed off the RKi400 headunit, which not only allows for hands-free calling (including voice recognition dialling) but can swallow an iPod or iPhone inside, charging it at the same time as allowing full access to the digital music stored within. It also has a rather nice full colour widescreen on the front of the single DIN unit.

TRACK IT NOW Track It Now were offering dealers special offers on their tracking product during the event, with large savings available. The main reason for them attending was to find even more dealers, so if you missed the show and want to find out more about the advantages of their product then don’t hesitate to contact them.

TALK AUDIO The online forum for audiophiles took a stand, being a good visiting point for fellow enthusiasts. It was also a chance for them to


spread the word of their in-depth website.

The Turnbulls built VW T5 camper van grabbed some attention on the Scorpion stand and it proved to be a good place for them to talk to dealers about

SMARTRACK Smartrack are leading the way with their telematics, the basis for their whole host of specific tracking products. On the stand dealers were invited to find out more about

their ranges of Toad, Scorpion and Sigma alarms. The forthcoming Scorpion Track was also a topic for conversation, many dealers having already read about it in this magazine, but taking the opportunity to find out more in person.

these products and why Smartrack believe they offer solutions for the needs of any customer. “It’s all about connectivity” say Smartrack, which says a lot about the future as they see it.

VISION Vision’s own branded products offer dealers some

windscreen for more temporary use. They also

great solutions. Their combined monitor and sat

have camera products, including a rear camera/

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Are there steps dealers can take to profit from the hot Summer months? M.E.N investigates

When it comes to preparing what you aim to sell in the Winter months it’s a relatively simple idea. As retailers to car users, you simply need to offer them the solutions to the poor weather and the problems that can create. Anything from anti-freeze to tracking systems for cars stored up over the dark months is fair game, then it’s just the build up to Christmas and any discounting a retailer may want to do in January that need thought. When it comes to the Summer though retailers really need to box clever. That period of time when the evenings become lighter until the beginning of October is when a lot of people are getting out and about… and adding to their cars becomes more of a priority. For this reason then retailers need to make sure they can pre-empt demand and make sure they profit as much from the hotter weather as they can. But how can this be done? Like any retailing it’s about figuring out who your target market are and then working out what it is they are likely to want or to need. With the mobile electronics retailer looking at the Summer period, it may be easiest to break it down into two key types of consumer; the car audio enthusiast and the leisure market. On the car audio side of the market this can also be broken down further, with the hardcore audiophile on one side and the general enthusiast on the other. For the hardcore, much of their audio builds will have taken place over the Winter, and the Summer months will see them demonstrating their creations and attending shows. This can mean unforeseen problems arising with their builds and quick, often last minute fixes will be sought. If you’ve been helping these customers with the supply of parts already then you may have an idea of the types of fixes they are likely to need. Having quick access to them can mean the difference between you getting their custom or someone else with the parts in stock getting them. For the general enthusiast however there is the chance to nurture their enthusiasm in the Summer. Open days are a great example of this, allowing customers to see and hear some impressive demo cars (whether your own, your customers’ or those from your suppliers). These can provide a great way to get these part-time audiophiles to your store and then show them what’s possible. It may even inspire some of them to book cars in with you for the Winter months if you also offer an installation service. At the very least you’ll be able to help them realise what’s possible, and suggest the best products to achieve what they want. Similarly, attending shows as a shop can do the same kind of job for you. With the right demo cars on show you can attract people from other




parts of the country to you or at the very least be able to sell on a Sunday for example when your shop may otherwise be shut. While a rest is good, there aren’t many opportunities over the Winter to be selling product every day of the week, so giving up some weekends may be a sacrifice worth making. On the leisure side of the market, the mobile electronics retailer has a few products already that they should make a point of promoting. The key thing you’d be wanting to think about is families going on holiday and what that might entail. For example, if they’re driving to their destination, either in the UK or Europe, then there are products perfectly aimed at them. Rear seat entertainment is the obvious one, a way to keep bored children out of mischief in the back. There are so many options in this field that it’s likely you’ll find a solution for any customer…and hard-wired headrest screens give you the chance to offer free installation and dazzle them with your professional service. Sat nav is the other obvious product to aim at these customers, again the breadth of choice in this field providing scope to cater for just about everyone. With European mapping available in many systems, the customers heading abroad are the perfect ones to aim the higher end systems at, products that throughout the rest of the year may take a bit more selling. Less obviously perhaps is the appeal at this time of security products. Cars left on the driveways of empty houses or in airport car parks while the owners are away for a couple of week can be targets of theft. Tracking systems are therefore a clearly relevant product to promote to this market but they may be unwilling to sign up to the annual premiums for, what they perceive, is the sake of

a few weeks. If that’s the case then an upgrade of alarm/immobiliser is the next thing to offer, especially with products like the new Viper 570i alarm that can remote start the vehicle via iPhone or Blackberry if the battery is dying, or will alert the owner via those smart phones to any tampering with the vehicle. And while it isn’t in the “mobile electronics” market as such, dealers shouldn’t be shy about offering physical security devices such as steering locks, as they still compliment the other electronic offerings you can provide. In fact, for the Summer months an expansion of your offerings outside of mobile electronics shouldn’t be ignored. Bike racks, European travel kits and even tents could provide additional income streams and either act as upsell items to those coming in for your more traditional products, or attract new customers in on their own merit… after which you can show them the marvels of the electronic age. Even products like power hook-ups for camping sites or 12v adapters for in-car use could be explored as the leisure market is one of the few areas in the UK that is showing growth at the moment. If you look at the amount of space your local Halfords dedicates to this side of motoring in the Summer months it gives you a clue as to the profitability! Clearly the Summer months do offer the mobile electronics retailer a chance to increase their profits, and while that may involve taking a step out of their comfort zone or spending a bit of time and perhaps money in telling people about their related offerings, the pay-offs should more than make up for it. So make sure you don’t let those bigger profits pass you by this Summer as it’s not too late to get yourself prepared and get those customers coming to you in droves.

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RKi 8400

• New

Integrated Pro Fit • iPod / iPhone Navigation • Pro - installation handsfree


Dedicated to iPod / iPhone

tRadio / Media & Bluetooth unit t2.4” colour TFT screen t4 x 50 W tDoes not play CD

tUnique split screen display tBluetooth® hands free calling tVoice recognition menu control tInformation at your fingertips using connected services



TN550X 4.3” SERIES




SSP : £299.99





Pro Install Kit TK30

£202.15 TN105



tMade for iPod®, works with iPhone®, Bluetooth® music streaming, 3.5mm and USB tAdvanced MultiPoint™ performance tPhonebook download tSpoken text messages tAudio reminders t60 W of rich 4 channel sound

SSP : £89.99

QTY 10 +



MKi 9100-UK

SSP : £129.99

QTY 10 +



MKi 9200-UK

iPod Compatible

iPod Compatible

SSP : £169.99


SSP : £169.99

QTY 10 +


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tSpecial paint protection kit tAdjustable for towbar and bike racks

Front : A0156 SSP : £149.99

Rear : A0158 SSP : £129.99

t10.2” with built in DVD t25 built in games with wireless controller tAvailable in Grey / Tan

£20.00 ROSEN AV7500


CC9060 Crystal

SSP : £49.99


SSP : £499.99


t2.8” removable screen tFull voice control

tA0026 : Add on display for A0156 (front) tA0027 : Add on display for A0158 (rear)

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CC9060-UK t4 flush sensors tAngled sleeve included

QTY 10 +



A0158 / 6



SSP : £199.99

t2 x 7” widescreens t2 x built in DVDs tMatching factory headrests t2 headphones t25 built in games with 2 wireless controllers

SSP : £169.99

£99.99 CK100

SSP : £999.99


tel : 0116 244 9845

tReads SMS, emails phone book entries tBluetooth profile A2DP MP3 player tVoice control

SSP : £129.99


CK600 tMusic streaming (no control) tBuilt in amplifier

tDetachable t2.2” colour screen tHandles 2 simultaneous calls

SSP : £119.99

SSP : £199.99



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The new BEAT N1 offers customers everything they could need at a very attractive price The BEAT brand from Connects2 is building a good name for itself thanks

via the front panel and thanks to background noise reduction and the built-in

to the huge functionality their units offer at very reasonable pricing.

microphone there should be no issues during calls. Missed calls and dialled

The release of the new BEAT N1 though is likely to get dealers and their

numbers can also be accessed on the screen and best of all numbers can be

customers more tuned into the BEAT brand than ever before though, as it

dialled on the super responsive touchscreen keypad.

offers a double DIN solution with all the extras you’d normally expect from more established brands, but at a very competitive suggested retail price.

So to recap then, the BEAT N1 offers a comprehensive Bluetooth hands-free solution, employs a great quality 6.95in touchscreen, comes with complete

The first thing to note about the N1, aside from being a double DIN unit, is

Western Europe sat nav and is capable of playing just about every format

the 6.95in hi-resolution digital LCD screen. The 800x480 resolution is perfect

of music or video file. It also has that dual function screen and dual zone

for playing video or viewing pictures on, and with CD/CD-R/CD-RW/VCD/

display output for rear seat functionality. Essentially there isn’t really anything

DivX/WMA/JPEG/MP4 and MP3 playback all possible the options for users

more that a customer will need, or in fact want, from a replacement

to benefit from this high quality screen are almost endless. The N1 is also compatible with iPod with track and folder information displayed on the screen which is a crucial feature in the modern age. Additionally, the N1 ensures that it’s totally family-friendly by having dual zone display output for rear seats meaning the kids can keep watching their favourite Disney films while Mum

headunit. The interesting bit for dealers though

As with all of the BEAT range then, the N1 offers great value for money and is supplied by Connects2, who back all their products up with excellent customer service.

and Dad listen to their hardcore gangster rap up

is the price. With a suggested retail price of £599 it offers fantastic value for money and could be one of those products that dealers can’t move enough of. Naturally there’s still a decent profit to be made from each unit for dealers too, plus there are the options of upselling rear screen fitting to take advantage of that dual zone display function. As with all of the BEAT range then, the N1 offers

front. The screen also has dual function, which is an extremely useful option

great value for money and is supplied by Connects2, who back all their

since the N1 also comes with built-in navigation. All of Western Europe is

products up with excellent customer service. While some customers may

covered via Teleatlas mapping with Points of Interest and Recent Destination

be adamant that they want a headunit from a “bigger” brand, it’s likely

functions also included. There’s even a choice of languages if friends from

that once they’ve seen the features and price tag of the N1 they’ll soon

abroad come to visit!

be getting out their wallets. And a customer who has what they want at a price they are more than happy with is a customer who is likely to keep

On the audio side, the N1 comes with a built-in amplifier and a 4x50w maximum

coming back to you for all their in-car needs. For more information on the

power, which should be enough for almost any customer. On top of this the

BEAT N1 or any of the BEAT range, don’t hesitate to contact Connects2 on

N1 can also provide users with Bluetooth hands-free calling with extra features

the details below.

too. Phone book transfer is enabled with phone numbers displayed on screen when calls are being received. For ease of use calls can be answered or ended




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WHOLE IN ONE A new generation of integrated devices are driving in-car excellence In a world of increasing connectivity and functionality, motorists can enjoy more and more sophisticated gadgets – yet there are still pros and cons. Legendary electronics manufacturer Motorola has at last ventured in-car to offer drivers some solutions that are all-pro… Anyone who has driven a car, had a phone conversation or listened to music in the last five years (pretty much everyone then, it’s fairly safe to say) will be aware of the new dilemma posed by mobile electronic devices: there’s a whole bunch of ‘em. Want to check out those hot new tracks you downloaded? Grab your iPod®. Waiting for a client to call? Keep that phone handy. Not sure where we’re headed? Better take the satnav too. Before you know it you’re juggling devices, and – potentially – not paying quite as much attention to the road ahead as you should. It’s no wonder that consumers of all kinds have been crying out for increasing convergence in the mobile electronics arena. Music-enabled mobile phones have seen some success with the younger crowd, for example, while in the business sector satnav is starting to be paired with communications, albeit falteringly. Progress has been patchy. Until now, that is.

”First to pull off Bluetooth® hands-free, music, satnav and info, all in one sexy package.” Striking features If all that Motorola’s selection of new devices had to offer was good looks, there’s a small chance these products would pass without much comment; spoiled as we are by all the sleek, sexy plastic on the market today. It’s fair to say though that the various MOTONAVTM models, and their little brother the TK30, aren’t just pretty faces. Indeed, “feature-rich” barely does them justice. The flagship MOTONAVTM TN765t boasts a class-leading 5.1” touchscreen. Speak your destination and the spoken directions will take you there (anywhere in Europe) while the unique multi-view display keeps maps visible at all times, even when you’re using other functions.




On the comms side it gets even better. The Bluetooth® hands-free relay calls through the car stereo for topnotch audio quality, and can speak your text messages out loud, even interpreting text-speak. When you want to make a call, MOTONAV™ makes life easy with automatic phonebook download. You control your music through the touchscreen interface too, and the unit is smart enough to pause your tunes when calls come in or directions need to be given. However, the icing on this integrated cake is what Motorola calls “connected services”. The MOTONAVTM brings you local weather, traffic, fuel prices, safety camera alerts1 and, by hooking into GoogleTM local search, gives you much, much more.

“An aftermarket in-car controller that compares to a factory fit.” The business Motorola boffins clearly have business users in mind with the MOTONAVTM range, not that the prices are likely to be offputting for the private motorist. By stressing the business benefits of a professionally installed aftermarket in-car controller, Motorola is sure to attract the attention of the high mileage crowd. Reduced vehicle wear-and-tear, reduced fuel costs, and even lower insurance premiums are the sorts of things that MOTONAVTM has been shown to deliver. They are also the sorts of things that get serious fleet manager interest. Increased safety and concentration levels are not to be sneezed at either, with the reduced risk of accidents and traffic violations a bonus for every driver. Where will the convergence trend take us all in the future? Who can say. But in a world where holograms and artificial intelligence aren’t the norm quite yet, Motorola’s MOTONAVTM and TK30 devices offer discerning drivers the richest, most seamless in-car experience yet.


Sat nav + music + hands-free + professional installation Play, control and charge your iPod® or iPhone® Unique split screen display Voice recognition menu control Information at your fingertips using connected services


Made for iPod®, works with iPhone®, Bluetooth® music streaming, 3.5mm, MP3 and USB Advanced MultiPoint™ performance connects two phones simultaneously Phonebook download and spoken text messages* Cutting-edge noise cancellation technology eliminates background noise in the car Each speaker works independently to give you 60W of rich four-channel sound


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1. Includes a 90 day free trial of connected services, with option to continue thereafter at £29.99 annual subscription. Low call rate network provider charge also required. “Made for iPod” means that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. “Works with iPhone” means that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPhone and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards. iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc. *Subject to phone features please check for compatibility at The Bluetooth trademarks are owned by their proprietor and used by Motorola, Inc. under license. The use of wireless phones while driving may cause distraction. Discontinue a call if you can’t concentrate on driving. Always obey the laws and regulations on the use of these products. MOTOROLA and the Stylised M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark office. All other products or service names are the property of their respective owners. © Motorola, Inc. 2010. All rights reserved.


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Interior light is secured the same as the rest as the BMW range.

bottom is behind the lower centre console you could slide the whole console back but there is no need.

To remove the 'A' pillar pop off the torx cover and remove the torx screw.

Below the stereo you will see the usual 2x screws the secure the stereo

The trim that runs the width of the dash can be popper off using panel trim tools to help route cables. The junction box was mounted below the glove

There is enough of a gap to get the stereo past the heater control panel.

box, the main loom has enough room to cable tie the box above it.

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M.E.N takes a look at Clarion’s three new audio headunits for 2010; the CZ100E, CZ200E and flagship model CZ500E Elsewhere in this issue M.E.N has already taken a

CZ200E though by offering built-in Bluetooth

‘serious’ system build thanks to the addition of

look at the CZ100E and CZ200E units in the ‘Entry-

hands-free control and audio streaming (A2DP &

a 6 channel RCA line-out - previously a feature

Level Headunits’ feature. That means that these

AVRCP) as standard, including direct phone list

reserved for expensive, flagship models”. Naturally

two stunning new models both have a suggested

access via the headunit controls. These features

then this means customers can add additional

retail price of under £150, which, considering

alone make the Clarion unit more than worthy

amps and speakers into a system using the CZ500E

the spec and style, is extremely good value. To

of it’s attractive £199 suggested retail price, but

as a source, and help capitalise on the already

briefly recap though, the CZ100E offers CD/CD-R/

as Clarion point out there are plenty more selling

excellent sound reproduction offered by the unit.

CD-RW/MP3/WMA playback with an additional

points to this unit, especially when it comes to the

front AUX-in to support a standalone MP3 player.

sound quality on offer.

It’s also compatible with the BLT373 Bluetooth

a large rotary volume control, a white LCD

transceiver, making it easily upgradeable to a

Clarion has consistently pushed the boundaries

display, piano black fascia and metallic feature

hands-free unit. The CZ200E meanwhile has the

of in-car audio reproduction, and the CZ500E is

trim it would look great in any dashboard. It

same functions but crucially adds direct iPod

no exception. Boasting digital Z-Enhancer sound

also comes with the new “star-burst” style blue

playback and control via a supplied USB cable,

customisation presets, both bass and treble are

button illumination (which the CZ100E and

which makes it a great offering for dealers to their

boosted, while their Magna Bass EX provides

CZ200E also have) making it even more of a

customers. With a suggested retail price of just

extra low-frequency impact (boosting bass

showpiece for any audio install. All three of

£129, that’s an affordable and quality option for all

by 10dB at 60 Hz) for a well-balanced sound

these units show Clarion’s continual dedication

those customers wanting their iPod playlists while

reproduction. The unit also employs BBE® MP

to providing great sounding headunits with

driving, so should prove to be very popular.

(Minimised Polynomial Non-Linear Saturation)

excellent functionality at great value price

to restore the subtleties of sound lost in the

points. For dealers these new 2010 models

The CZ500E is what we’ll concentrate on here

compression of MP3 and WMA audio files, which

offer everything customers could want from a

though, the flagship model for the 2010 Clarion

is good news for audiophiles.

headunit, but with the added bonus of Clarion’s

range of audio headunits, but without the



It’s no ugly duckling to look at either. Featuring

modern and stylish designs. For more information

flagship price tag. The CZ500E incorporates CD/

Even better news is the fact that this affordable

on how you can benefit from these new models,

CD-R/CD-RW and MP3/WMA/AAC playback,

headunit allows for total customisation to those

contact Clarion on the details below.

whilst providing direct iPod control (no additional

customers looking to build a great sounding

leads needed) via a USB slot on the rear of the

system. As Clarion rightly point out “the CZ500E

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The End of the CD Player?

M.E.N looks at whether it’s time to start planning for a CD-free future When CDs first came out, there was a worry

find a portable CD player nowadays and iPod

headunits to their customers if they had the option

that vinyl would die, and to be fair, amongst

docks are a more common sight in shops than

now though? Probably not, as there’s something

the mainstream it has. Critics would claim that

the old stack system hi-fis. So when it comes to car

about it that is likely to get them a little nervous,

vinyl gave a better sound, but the convenience

audio, is it time to say ‘goodbye’ to CD players?

plus top spec models still come with them so they

of a CD more than made up for that alleged

haven’t really got the choice there anyway. CDs

gap in quality. In the car audio world, it was

The arguments for binning the CD player are

(and indeed DVDs) are still a big part of peoples’

the radio cassette that suffered at the hands of

quite convincing. Firstly, as previously stated, the

lives, which manufacturers recognise, even if they

the CD, which virtually everyone would agree is

way we consume music across the board now is

aren’t buying as many as they used too.

no bad thing. Despite cassette players fighting

much more focused on the digital side, so looking

for survival valiantly, in fact it wouldn’t be

ahead it may be that CDs will become redundant

For those on a really tight budget, a mech-less

surprising if some low-end car manufacturers

anyway. There’s also the obvious advantage

headunit geared solely at playing digital music

still offer them as standard equipment, it’s

of not having a CD player in a car: there aren’t

may save enough money to make the lack

commonly held that a CD player should be the

empty CD cases falling all over the footwell. You

of CD playing ability worthwhile. For others,

default equipment in any car now.

can also store many more albums on an MP3

the small extra expenditure for being able to

player than you can

play their CDs too may

Looking at other areas of the audio market, such as personal entertainment and home audio, the CD is already a thing of the past.

Clearly though times are changing again,

store CDs tidily in

with downloaded music files becoming the

a car, plus digital music

standard way of purchasing music. The British

files are much easier to

Phonographic Institute (BPI) released figures for

access than scrabbling

2009 claiming sales of albums in the UK were

around for the right CD.

down by 3.5percent, while singles sales increased

Even when you look at

by 32.7percent with a record of 152 million sales.

most modern demo

Crucially though 12.5percent of the overall albums

vehicles from car audio

market were digital albums while a whopping

companies, tracks are played from their iPods

quite as popular in digital format yet. However,

98percent of the singles sales were digital. Perhaps

rather than a CD, which suggests that even the

it’s likely that both music and films will continue

these figures suggest more about digital music

sound quality with digital files isn’t an issue.

to move more towards the digital format, so

than is at first obvious, with the reason for album



offer the versatility that will justify the added expense. On higher end units, it may not be the CD playing abilities of the disc drive, but the DVD playing that is more important, as films are not

while it’s not time to say goodbye to CDs and

sales dropping due to the fact that buyers would

On the flipside, most aftermarket headunits still offer

disc drives in headunits just yet, it’s likely that

rather pick and pay for the tracks they like, rather

CD playing capabilities, even if they can also play

manufacturers will continue to phase them out.

than being lumbered with dodgy album-filler

digital music files. At the moment it’s likely that this

It will be interesting to look at this area in 12

tunes. Whatever the case though, the singles

capability is still a necessity for dealers to offer to

months time and see just how well CD players

market is virtually a digital-only one now, and that

their customers, as it’s likely most customers still have

are holding up, but with the speed technology

suggests that digital music players such as iPods

large CD collections. However, there is an increase

moves at we may have already waved

are the main source of listening to music.

in the number of manufacturers offering mech-less

goodbye to compact discs in cars by then.

headunits (often in the entry-level bracket too)

Ultimately though for dealers, only what the

Looking at other areas of the audio market, such

and it’s likely that a high-resolution 3in screen on a

manufacturers supply can be sold, so essentially

as personal entertainment and home audio, the

single DIN headunit may soon be a more attractive

it’s up to what they feel your customers want

CD is already a thing of the past. Certainly with

selling point on higher spec models than a space-

that will be produced…yet the signs of a CD-

portable music players you’d be hard pushed to

sapping CD player. Would dealers stop offering CD

free future are definitely there already.


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Heaunits A look at the manufacturers’ 2010 offerings in the sub £150 headunit market.

BEAT The BEAT 175 kicks off the latest range, a deckless headunit with

ALPINE Alpine’s offering into the entry-level market is the CDE-11R unit. This could appeal to

MP3 compatibility, a USB port, SD card reader and front AUX-in.

those looking to build a great sounding system on a budget as it comes with Alpine’s

It also comes with RDS and 4x40w power. The BEAT 275 adds

fine reputation for building headunits plus a 4x50W built-in high power amp. Naturally

a CD player to the BEAT 175 making it a great entry-level all-

though it also offers those key selling points for consumers, including the fact it’s Parrot

rounder, while the BEAT 375 takes things a step further by offering

Bluetooth ready with the KCE-400BT add-on unit. There is also an AUX-in, but again this

Bluetooth hands-free aswell as full iPod control. Most impressive

will require the addition of the KCE-237B cable. As it is though the unit is a CD-R/CD-RW

perhaps is the BEAT 550 with a 3.5in TFT LCD screen incorporated

and MP3 player, has a front USB port and offers full speed connection for iPhone or

onto the front panel of the single DIN unit. Users can watch

iPod. It is also ready to be linked up to a steering wheel remote control and comes with

DVDs or take advantage of the built-in TV tuner. On top of this it

green illuminated dials with a classy white-lit LCD display panel. As an entry-level unit

has Bluetooth hands-free technology built in and is a CD, MP3

then it’s a good starting point for customers wanting to get their hands on a premium

and USB player. With SD card reader, a remote control and a

brand right from the beginning.

suggested retail price well under the £150 limit for units in this feature, it’s yet another top-spec offering from BEAT.

CLARION Clarion have three great new units in this entry-level bracket. The CZ100E has a low suggested retail price of just £99 and offers users CD-R and CD-RW playback, MP3 and WMA file compatibility and a front AUXin jack to support a standalone MP3 player. With the optional addition of the BLT373 Bluetooth transceiver the new unit also allows for the safe receiving and making of phone calls. Similarly the CZ200E offers all of the same features but adds the all-important direct iPod playback and control via the supplied USB cable. The CZ200E also boasts an RDS-EON tuner with 18 FM and 6 MW/LW station presets, all for a suggested retail of £129.



The basic spec of all the In Phase

There’s plenty to choose from in this price range from Sony.

headunits is essentially the same

All of their headunits come with CD/MP3/WMA player, but

with 4x60w output, dot matrix

the other highlights are as follows. CDX-GT242 is steering

display, 2-channel line out and 2-channel line in, ESP (Electronic Shock Protection),

wheel remote ready, CDX-GT35U and CDX-GT440U add a

blue illumination, RDS FM/MW radio and 30 radio presets plus random/repeat play. The

front AUX-in and front USB, CDX-GT540UI and CDX-GT640UI

IPS520MP is the starting point with CD/MP3 playback, while the IPS620MP adds SD and

build on this with iPod control but the latter model offering

USB capabilities which means that iPods are supported too through that USB. The IPS720i

a full face fascia with CD player hidden behind. The

is a similar unit to the IPS520MP but also has a front AUX-in plus full speed iPod control

CDX-GT740UI also has the full face fascia but adds a high

via the USB port. The CD loader is also accessed via the flip down front panel which

resolution display too. Sony also offers a range of Bluetooth

some customers may like. This flip down front panel is also the difference between the

hands-free headunits with the MEX-BT prefix. These go from

IPS247BT (with front loader) and the IPS248BT (with flip down front panel). Both of these

the MEX-BT2700 with front AUX-in right up to the MEX-BT5700U

units though have the SD and USB facilities but also add Bluetooth hands-free calling.

with front AUX-in, front USB and iPod control.

Dialling can be done from remote control with upto 30 names and numbers stored into the phonebook memory. They come with external microphones and the Bluetooth also allows for music streaming via an A2DP enabled device. The very latest headunit from In Phase though is the new IPS-100SSD, which is a mech-free unit (no CD player). Music is played via USB or SD, with the AUX-in allowing MP3 players such as iPods to be connected. It comes with much of the same basic spec as all of In Phase’s headunits mentioned here, and has the advantage of a very shallow mounting depth.




JVC The KD-R311(suggested retail price of £89.99) is a superbly well featured entry level CD Tuner offering a comprehensive list of features worthy of a unit costing much more. This simple front panel layout and uncluttered design belies the wealth of features available to owners of this fantastic new CD tuner. A front panel mounted auxiliary input enables analogue audio connectivity from any portable audio device. RDS will keep customers in tune, while line and sub outputs allow connection to external amplifiers. Meanwhile, the KD-R411 has a front panel mounted USB port for connection to MP3/WMA players, making this unit a star performer in its class. High power MOSFET output stage, 24 bit DAC and that front panel mounted USB port are great features, again with subwoofer and line outputs to add external amplification and allow speaker upgrades. The KD-R411 is also steering remote control ready. The KD-R511 (suggested retail price of £119.99) offers iPod/iPhone compatibility and aux input, which gives it all the flexibility of the units already mentioned. However, it also offers separate colour selection for controls and display, allowing a close colour match to many dashboard colours. Lastly for 2010 is the KD-R611 (suggested retail price of £139.99), which is ready for Bluetooth upgrade and comes with a USB port which offers two-way control of your iPod/iPhone plus an auxiliary input on the front panel. This unit also features many audio features enabling customers to build an amplified


system around it.

In the MP3 category there are four variations to chose from, the KDC-3047A, KDC-3047G, KDC-


314A and KDC-314AM. All model numbers give

The relatively new kids on the block have a strong line-up of entry-level models. The LAC2900

the same functionality, offering a front Aux-in

starts things off with a CD-R/RW/MP3 and WMA playback combined with MP3 ID3 tag and WMA

to link up any MP3 player with total ease plus a

tag display. The unit comes with a front AUX-in and is subwoofer ready, plus it has a slot-in and

new 11 digit display as opposed to the old 7-digit

detachable fascia. The LAC5900RiN builds on this by adding a front USB port and direct iPod

ones. The different model numbers relate purely

connectivity with the LAC7900RN stepping things up even further. This unit adds Bluetooth hands-

to the finishes and key colours, with black bodies

free with audio streaming and phone book sync, making for an excellent all-round entry-level unit.

available with either green or red lit keys, a dark

But naturally the LAC8900RN offers even more. With all

silver body with red keys or a dark grey body with

the functions of the LAC7900RN it also has full RDS AM/FM

orange lit keys. Kenwood have also enabled

tuner, is steering wheel control compatible, comes with

the head units to be wired to a remote control

remote control and offers white or red display and blue

(all the parts for which they can supply), which

or red button illumination…essentially covering virtually

really is a nice touch for an entry-level product.

everything a customer in this price range would require.

The KDC-4047UA and KDC-4047UG take all that these last models do but add a front USB port. The added benefit of this is that both model numbers


are compatible with Kenwood’s Music Editor,

Mutant have two key offerings for 2010 in this price bracket; the RM2212USBI and the MT-2300BT. The

plus they both benefit from the new ‘Alphabet

Radiomobile RM2212USBI is a USB MP3/CD headunit with iPod control. The iPod control requires a

Search’ function, which allows users to search with

PC7-HU lead, but even without that the user can benefit from a range of features including the USB

the first three letters, as opposed to just the first

port, front panel AUX-in and 4x50W output. With a four channel line out and four way equalisation

letter. Coming with black bodies, the KDC-4047UA

it’s a good solid starting platform. The Mutant MT-2300BT is MP3/WMA/CD-R/CD-RW compatible but

is complemented by a red colour key while the

the real selling point is its Bluetooth hands-free

KDC-4047UG employs green. Kenwood also

functionality. With an A2DP equipped device

offer the KDC-W4547UW, which benefits from a

the Bluetooth can also be used for music

13 digit display an direct iPod compatibility. Infra

streaming, plus it has neat features such as

red can also be used with this to control music

the ability to record from radio or CD. The

choice through iPod or iPhone which is a nice

MT-2300BT also has USB/SD/MMC input and

touch. Finally in this budget range, Kenwood offer

comes with a remote control, making for a great entry-level proposition.

the DPX-303, a double DIN CD player with 4-line full dot LCD display, an illuminated front AUX-in (making it MP3/WMA/AAC compatible) and the

PIONEER Pioneer offer six models in the sub £150 price bracket. The DEH-1200MP is the starting point, powered by

ability to act as a Bluetooth hands-free unit with an optional cable. An excellent option for those with a big gap to fill in their dash!

their MOSFET 4x50W amplifier, with CD/MP3/WMA and WMV files playable on CD-R or CD-RW. There’s also a front AUX-in to connect music players to it. The next three models are the DEH-2220UB, DEH-2200UB and DEH-2200UBB that have the same functionality as the previous model. However it adds a front USB port too, and offer green button illumination and blue LCD screen, red button illumination and blue LCD screen or red or green button illumination and blue LCD screen respectively. The stylish DEH-3200UB moves things on a bit by being compatible with iPod and iPhone allowing direct control of iPod via the CD tuner. There’s also a 5-band graphic equaliser and direct sub drive, which allows for a sub to be connected to the system without the need of an external amp…a potentially useful selling point for bassheads on a budget. The DEH-4200SD just scrapes into this price bracket and is a comprehensive music player, with iPhone, iPod, SD card, USB device, MP3 player or CD formats all supported. Like the model before it there is also a Rotary Commander, which works much like a joystick to access music files quickly. For those looking to build a system it also comes with three RCA pre-outs which is a good added extra.







Adam Rayner muses on Mobile Phone security….

In the early days of my involvement with 12 Volt technology the Mobile phone was a big clunky thing and the performance difference between those that were proper car phone kits and those that were hand held was huge. It’s why the Car Phone Warehouse has its name, as no-one really refers to “car phones” any more, do they? And during that time, many of the traditional dealers in in-vehicle technology

My friend was deeply, deeply distressed. It’d be wonderful to get a no-win-

as the Americans so coolly call it, made a killing. Now, of course there are a

no-fee lawyer with an eye for fame and the smell of Big Blood to run a class

lot more phone shops than car HiFi shops yet some of you will still be in the

action I can help pull together with the publicity. But check these two cases

cellular game to some extent and it is for you guys, plus as a cautionary tale

out – both utterly First Hand and from people I really care about.

for the rest as consumers, that I reveal a story I am working on that has me

Friend One. Orders phone, gets it, dislikes it, sends it back and in the four

emotionally involved as it is mates it is happening to.

days she has it registered as 'hers' a £1,000 bill is cranked onto crooked

Meanwhile, I would REALLY not like to have my horribly persistent belligerent

premium lines. She gets the Fraud Squad on board and it transpires, after

self on any case I dealt with! Also, I am sworn to legal secrecy but once I beat

four months, that the phone was 'cloned' digitally and was being spanked

up a major oil firm on my own with nothing but threats of publicity; and THIS

after the secret data needed to do this illegally was stolen by a network

story could be effing huge. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…….

staffer at a depot in Warrington.

It involves massive multi-million-likely phone clone fraud and a weakness in all

I did find out this from a paper from Helsinki University:

the networks’ security. If you are old you will recall that it was possible to clone

“GSM, the worldwide standard for digital mobile communication, has had

the old analogue phones and spin someone’s bill up for free by selling calls to

mandatory authentication from the beginning. Yet, it is possible to clone a

people with relations far away! Well, I have done some research as a result of

GSM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) containing the subscriber information.

the stress that has befallen my chums and found out that it is all happening

The cloning is possible because of a flawed authentication protocol” and

again (this time with premium text and line calls – as many as four per minute)

this: “The authentication algorithm used by most of the GSM operators in the

and the networks are telling their customers that it is definitely them calling up

world, COMP128, is the reason for making the cloning possible. Given suitable

these bills and that they are liable.

input challenges, the algorithm leaks information about the unique secret

I am certain that the lack of security of these two networks and the stress

key (Ki). With a sufficient number of challenges to the SIM-card, enough

thus caused to the poor customers are in fact actionable as negligence by

information can be gathered to deduce the secret key. The required number

the networks and compounded

of queries is reported to be about 150,000 which corresponds to about 8

by their behaviour upon enquiry

or 11 hours with a smartcard reader. This attack is reported to be feasible

causing fear.

over-the-air to a sophisticated attacker. The over-the-air attack requires more sophisticated equipment, namely a fake base station which queries the mobile phone.” And that was some years back, so it is with us now. Friend Two is freshly in love, terribly sweet. This bloke has worshipped her from afar and is now as happy as a schoolboy in love for the first time. She buys him a phone and adds it to her contract as a new 24 month job with the new phone now under her bill to add to hers with a new handset each into the bargain. They commence to share sweet nothings by text and speech - unlimited texts and 1,000 minutes a month was the deal. In month one the new Boyphone bill cranks to £4,500 on sex lines and dodgy text receipts he never sees. Over one weekend when dozens of calls were made, they were busy as rabbits in a hotel and they have a receipt. New boyfriend isn’t going to be calling sex lines during that time, even if he HAD been, which he hadn’t. It’s just not him. We await developments. I have one network's press office on the case as well who are not really aware of this as being common yet but if I were you and you sell phones, make it a very high security issue within your business, just like pointing one of your cameras right at the till. You know if this is a risk in your own place….

Take care, now and avoid the old BOOMPH tinkle …




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