The Nakamichi brand is returning to the US with a line of car audio products that include a CarPlay/Android Auto double DIN DVD receiver at $549 street price.
Diplomat Trading based in Doral, FL became the exclusive US distributor for the brand in January. The company is now setting up a manufacturer’s rep network in the US, led by Alan Wojtas, who is the new Nakamichi rep for Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.
The Nakamichi brand is licensed by a Chinese company, which produces head units, subwoofers, amplifiers and speakers.
The new line began shipping this month with seven head units including the NM- NA3605 with a 6.8-inch screen, Car Play/Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming, two video outputs, front and rear camera inputs, and built in steering wheel control integration.
Two of the dealers carrying the line include Houston-based Car Stereo Texas, with two stores and Texas Electronics, with three stores.
Nakamichi’s new distributor, Diplomat Trading, also distributes the brand to Central and South America. It also distributes Pioneer, Kenwood, JBL, and Kicker car audio products.
About 15-20 years ago, Nakamichi radios were among the top quality head units offered in the aftermarket. Due to competitive pricing in the marketplace, Nakamichi eventually pulled out of the US market, said Wojtas. The brand was licensed and then over-distributed in the US several years ago and now returns under Diplomat Trading, he said.