DOW Electronics Partners with Kenwood

DOW Electronics is very excited to announce that it has partnered with Kenwood USA! Continuing our 12 Volt segment growth, DOW Electronics will be distributing Kenwood’s high quality products to our Florida retailers. This week we’re taking a look at the innovation and quality that Kenwood provides, something our retailers will be very familiar with already.

For over 40 years, Kenwood has relied on its engineering prowess to design innovative, great-sounding equipment that’s easy to use and built to last. Kenwood USA, founded in the United States in 1961 as a subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation of Japan, is recognized for providing products that deliver quality, performance and value. Kenwood has built a reputation for innovation in the consumer electronics market. Included in their many innovations are: first to create an anti-theft car cassette deck that could be slid out of the dash; first with an automatic broadcast sensor system and automatic noise reduction; and the first polypropylene speaker cones.

Kenwood is one of the first aftermarket companies to be able to fully integrate their products with the car’s factory technology using Car Portal for iDatalink* – a real solution for Ford SYNC owners. In a collaborative effort with ADS* (Automotive Data Solutions), a Ford SYNC customer can now keep the existing SYNC features like iPod control, Bluetooth, Satellite radio and 911 assist, and seamlessly interface them with Kenwood’s advanced user interface and Garmin navigation system found on a range of Kenwood DNX receivers to communicate and display the on-board SYNC features of the car. The optional iDatalink interface/wiring harness will give owners of compatible Ford/Lincoln vehicles the best navigation option on the market by adding an affordable Kenwood DNX model as an alternative to expensive factory navigation solutions.

As our 12 volt specialist Mike Eckley explains, “Integration is a huge part of where the industry is heading. The cars now a day are a lot tougher than when I started out in the install bays in the early 90’s and having Kenwood offering products that allow the consumers, retail shop owners and installers integration that fully communicates to the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) installed factory technologies is great”

Kenwood offers innovative features in all of their model ranges. Many models feature dual USB input and blue tooth auto pairing with iPhones. Kenwood offers three full featured multimedia models. The new DNN770HD model features built-in WiFi technology that can access a dedicated cloud-based Kenwood server or content stored on connected smart phone or mass storage device.

“Kenwood offers one of the most diverse lines in the industry, one of the best features is the trickle down technology,” according to Eckley. “This means that features found in the ultra-high end line of Kenwood Excelon in dash cd players, amps and speakers can be seen throughout the rest of the line, all the way down to the entry-level products. This helps tell a good story when talking to the customer.”

Be sure to visit DOW Electronics at Spring Break Nationals during March 2nd-3rd to get hands on experience of the new Kenwood products.

*iDatalink /ADS (Automotive Data Solutions) is another brand proudly distributed by DOW Electronics.


2012 – The Year for Satellite Broadband.

With 2012 coming to a close, we can all reflect on our businesses and the changes we have experienced. One change in particular stands out to me: 2012 was the year that satellite broadband became a solution that was applicable to all households, not just those that live in rural America.  This change brought about new pricing and reasons for our retailers to sell this to all customers.


ViaSat and HughesNet , the two largest satellite broadband providers, launched new satellites this year.  This means our industry saw a change in technology, which allowed satellite broadband resellers the opportunity to compete in markets that were once out-of-reach for the satellite broadband industry. The launch of ViaSat-1 and EchoStar XVII gave satellite broadband providers the ability to offer speeds that rival that of digital subscriber lines and this improvement in technology and speed gave DISH Network the opportunity to provide their customers with a true television and broadband bundle in one bill. In October 2012, DISH Network launched DISHNet, their satellite broadband service. DISHNet’s variety in plans and speeds gave retailers the services their customers have long desired.


I’ve included a small outline for the DISHNet services, when bundled with DISH satellite television.  As you can see, the prices can fit any budget, so there is no reason why they shouldn’t be offered when you have a new customer walking in the door.

DISHNet Plans when bundled with DISH TV service:

  • $39.99/mo.
    • 5GB Anytime Data
    • 5GB Bonus Data
    • Up to 5mbps download &  1mbps upload speeds
  • $49.99/mo.
    • 10GB Anytime Data
    • 10GB Bonus Data
    • Up to 10mbps download &  1mbps upload speeds
  • $69.99/mo.
    • 15GB Anytime Data
    • 15GB Bonus Data
    • Up to 10mbps download &  2mbps upload speeds

DISHNet offers not only competitive speeds for customers and multiple options for different internet users, but a healthy revenue streams for dealers. With 90% of DISHNet customers also bundling their broadband service with DISH  television programming, the bundle through DISHNet is a win-win for customers and dealers.  As internet consumption continues to rise in the U.S., satellite broadband will continue to be a reliable and viable solution for retailers and their customers.


With the technology changes, you can only imagine how much more technology will advance in the next year.  Faster speeds, more competitive pricing and more data options are all feasible for the coming year, which only means better sales and better product/service for your customers.  As the satellite broadband revolution continues to grow, they will only continue to face and overcome the challenges facing the industry regarding speeds, data and efficiency of equipment.

Join in on the DISHNet parade (see video below) and get your customers running in for satellite broadband.

What do you think about the satellite broadband revolution?  How do you sell or promote these products and services to your customers?  We’d love to hear your feedback!


During the month of December, DOW Electronics’ featured vendor is ONKYO, USA, and we are running specials all month long on a variety of ONKYO products.  In addition to the special offers, we wanted to give you an inside look at ONKYO, their best-selling products and why we, at DOW Electronics, love ONKYO.

Founded in 1946 as a division of ONKYO Corporation, ONKYO, USA, has been a leader for over 50 years in the audio/video components and home theatre systems industry.  At the beginning, the company concentrated on producing the best in audio and video components; however, ONKYO has expanded in the last decade to come to the forefront in the home theatre and digital revolutions, which can be seen in ONKYO’s over 20 production plant, development center and sales subsidiary locations.  The company’s philosophy is to deliver products that are well designed, with a focus on the basics, leaving out the frills and using the highest-quality parts possible in every ONKYO product.

“ONKYO offers our retailers a very broad line in the Home Theatre arena,” noted DOW Electronics’ Consumer Electronics Director, Ken McAvoy.  “It essentially gives them a ‘home theatre in a box’ solution, with additional options for two channel receivers for multi-zoned home systems.”

The multi-zoned function allows your receiver to play in two separate locations at the same time.  For example, you could be watching the latest Blu-Ray in your multi-media room, while your spouse listens to an iPod in the kitchen, all at the exact same time!

“Our best selling products, which are the TX-NR515 and TX-NR616, are so popular because of the second zone capabilities,” stated McAvoy.  “It is a good option for our retailers to offer as an upgrade to an existing home theatre system.”

In addition to the receivers, DOW Electronics carries the popular SKW-204 10-inch Bass Reflex Powered Subwoofer, which offers premium sound quality at an amazing cost. reviews note the powered subwoofers’ excellent sound quality being more than ample to fill a media room with rich sound, which McAvoy states as a reason for it ‘being one of DOW Electronics’ best-selling ONKYO products.’

These ONKYO product specials are a limited time offer, and will only be available through the end of December.  Make sure you inquire about them while you still have a chance because time is running out!

Product Review: Sony GS Mobile Line

This week I’ve got something special for you: a product review of our new Sony GS line from one of our resident Sony pros, Brad! Take a look below to get his take on the lineup.

SONY GS = GREAT SOUND!! Improving the sound in your car or truck just got a whole lot easier
By Brad L.

Sony XMGS400 Amplifier

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Sony’s new GS lineup includes 2 new amplifiers, 3 speakers, and 2 subwoofers and allows the specialty 12 volt retailer to make great margin while offering a complete 3 year warranty on the product. The sound quality is top-notch with the Sony engineers taking higher priced units from Focal into consideration for the ones to beat.

Sony XSGS120L Subwoofer

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In a recent Listening event at DOW Electroincs’ Tampa location, Sony showed off the sound quality of the GS speakers and sub compared to units from Focal and JL Audio. Everyone agreed that the GS line offered extreme bang for buck and stood above the other brands in sound quality and overall tone.


Image: Sony

The new 12” subwoofer XSGS120L sub pounded out clean controlled bass next to JL’s more sloppy sounding bass lines. Powering the speakers and Sub were Sony’s new XMGS400 and XMGS100 amplifiers which are conservatively rated at 70×4 and 600×1 for the sub amp. These amps have a super small footprint which allows you to mount them almost anywhere.

From the use of super light-weight material in their speakers to allowing the dealer to offer a full 3 year warranty, the new GS lineup offers up big sound for very little green.

Interested? Visit for a closer look, and then give your DOW Electronics sales rep a call at 800.627.2900!