The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show announced the winners of its New Product Showcase Awards for 2013 Tuesday. Winner of the top Mobile Electronics Product was ESCORT for its Passport Max, the first true digital radar detector.
Runners up included two products from Retro Manufacturing: RetroSound RetroPod Multipurpose Surface-Mount Speaker Modules and RetroSound Newport 1.5 DIN Direct-fit Bluetooth Radio.
ESCORT’s Passport Max is the first radar detector to convert analog radar waves to digital signals.
Digital technology helps the Max limit false alerts that plague some radar detectors as it can use digital signal processing to filter out many of these false alerts.
The Max was first launched in June and became available through car audio dealers in September at a suggested retail price of $549.95.
Runner up Retro Manufacturing supplies Retrosound brand radios, loudspeakers, kick panels, antennas and accessories aimed at classic cars.
Its surface mount speaker pods can add speakers to a deck or door without needing to cut into the car. It’s new Newport radio is the only one on the market, says Retro, which fits GM, Ford and Chrysler radios in 1.5 DIN size, which were native to cars from 1985 to the mid 2000’s. The Newport also has built in Bluetooth and will ship next month at a suggested retail price of $449.
The SEMA show for all things car performance related is being held Tuesday through Friday. November 5-8 in Las Vegas.
SEMA says its Showcase awards recognize “the most cutting-edge automotive products either on the market or about to hit the market.” This year, more than 2,000 new products were submitted for consideration.