Wāvtech, a three year old OEM integration company, announced it will offer its first multi-channel digital signal processor (DSP) and its first unit to be compatible with the iDatalink Maestro AR for simpler installation in complex vehicles.
Led by Mike Morris, its president, and Jason Kemmerer, its CTO, the company quietly launched a line of integration products that has since grown to about 10 models with more due later this year and in 2020.
Wāvtech says its products are differentiated by several features. All of its products have built-in load sensing to simplify installations. More of today’s new vehicles come with protection circuitry in the amplifier or radio that signals to the factory system when there’s a disconnect to the speaker. The radio or amplifier will then fail to work. By including a built-in load in each of its products, Wāvtech’s full line allows the factory radio or amplifier to continue to recognize aftermarket electronics.
Also, all of its products handle up to 40 volts of input from a factory system, which covers the infotainment systems of every current vehicle, with room to handle even more complex systems in the future, said Morris.
Wāvtech says it tracks product serial numbers to prevent unauthorized Internet sales, to guard against online discounting and to protect dealer margins.
Morris says the brand offers superior tech support. If a support call comes in with a new problem, “If we can’t figure it out, we rent a car and take that car apart and duplicate it. The car in the bay may be gone, but we’ll tell them the solution for next time. ”
Next month, the company will ship a new 6-channel summing LOC called the link6 followed in November/December by the brand’s first full DSP—a 10-channel model with Maestro AR compatibility. The Maestro AR is an advanced amplifier interface that installs before the factory amplifier in certain cars. It allows the aftermarket to avoid all the digital processing car makers cram into their factory amplifiers by tapping into the system before the audio signal is distorted, but still allowing volume control from the radio.