Some of us at were lucky enough to be able to attend the 2008 SEMA Show this year.  If there is one word to describe the overall SEMA experience, it would be “impressive.”  Almost everything that we saw impressed us.  The new products, the incredible cars, the amazing sound systems, the elaborate booths, the precise attention to detail, beautiful paint jobs, the newest technology, and last but certainly not least… the girls.  There was so much to do; we could not see everything that we wanted to in the time that we were there.  There were a few booths and manufacturers that did stand out in our mind.  Some of them were quite… impressive.  We would like to outline some of our favorite moments that we had at SEMA, something that is hard to do because there were so many highlights.

The first thing that we noticed when we got off the bus was the insane amount of cars that were tricked out and blasting their loud systems.  We first met Scooby who had a sweet green truck that was loaded with all MA Audio subs and speakers.  With the 20 Subs in the back seat, this thing got LOUD!  He had even more subs raised above the bed of the truck and MA Audio amplifiers lining the bed of the truck.  Now here is the catch.  Scooby rigged this truck to have a pool of water in the truck bed (below the amps), a pump that will pull the water up to the subs, and a waterfall that falls into the pool of water.  It was a waterfall fountain in the bed of his truck!  So while the truck is pounding some hardcore tunes, it is also rotating some water for an incredible show.  Way to go Scooby!

Through the show we saw a lot of really good looking Scions.  The single Scion that stood out to the crew was the Rockford Fosgate Scion.  Beautiful silver and black paint job with decals in all the right places.  The system housed a fully loaded Rockford Fosgate system, complete with custom made amplifier covers.  We were lucky enough to be at the car while the owner was there and we got a full tour of the vehicle.  Very nice and very clean.

When we got inside we found ourselves at the Kicker booth checking out the Scion that they made.  Talk about one loud Scion… This system was loaded and complete with ZX Amps, SS component speakers and CVR subwoofers in the back.  They had it all playing a Microsoft Zune thought the factory head unit with the help of some Soundgate accessories.  We talked with Aaron there at the Kicker booth and he gave us a whole run down on the product lines and the Scion.  He also showed us some of the new marine products that we had never before seen.  We saw some new components and coaxial speakers with some new pure white speaker grills.  These speakers looked great, and sounded even better on the show boat that they had there on site.

As we were walking around the floor we saw the guys over at Mitek Factory.  They had their new Malibu show car, and we could hear from across the hall.  The black 2008 Malibu looked clean and smooth on the outside, but possibly even smoother on the inside.  The way they used the factory head unit in conjunction with the MTX Audio re-Q created an incredible bass response.  The several square subs sitting in the back were pounding like no tomorrow.  The speakers were custom mounted components and very clear.  The MTX Audio amplifiers were powering the MTX Audio subwoofers and the MTX Audio speakers.  The Mitek guys placed the four MTX Audio amplifiers in a track that moves in and out of the truck.  This is perfect for show, as the amps were normally exposed and then hidden from view with the push of a button.  Words cannot give this breathtaking car enough credit.

There was so much to see and talk about at the show that we cannot possibly describe it all.  RE Audio gave us an remarkable demo of their subs and speakers.  Kenwood showed off their 2008 product line with more detail and helped us understand why they are a top-notch company.  The folks at AudioNet Mobile showed us how easy it is to hook up a wireless network in a car and broadcast a short range network for the ultimate mobile internet access.  The GoPro booth was catching a lot of attention with the Motorsports Hero Wide camera.  Mount that camera anywhere and film in great detail all of your extreme sports. We had a good laugh when we heard cows and Duffy Duck over at the Horntones booth. They offer a custom horn that plays any MP3 that you load on to the unit. The horn will play any MP3 load and clear for all to hear.

As usual, Scosche and Metra both showed us some of their new and improved in-dash installation kits.  But each had much more than just installation kits.  Our friend Chris from Metra showed off their Ballistic dampening material, the Shuriken batteries and power cells, and the brand new Xenonworx HID headlights.  Metra seems to always be working at bringing out the best in our vehicles.  Scosche showed us some of the e2 amplifier installation kits, the navigation accessories, and the bluetooth products. Most notable from Scosche was the new BlueFusion technology, which integrates Bluetooth technology into a factory headunit for seamless integration and superior sound.  We had Nathan help us out and give us a tour of the BlueFusion. The tour left us astonished at the capability of BlueFusion.  Keep looking at these companies as there are always bring out some new products that will move this market to the next level.

Overall, had a great time at SEMA 2008.  We saw a lot of new products that we had never seen.  We saw some amazing cars that took our breath away.  We got to hear firsthand from the manufacturers themselves what makes these products so amazing.  We gained a new understanding of all the work that these companies are putting in to bring forth newer products and more advanced technology.  We saw that these companies really care about their customers and that they are dedicated to bring forth the best products that they can.  We saw incredible booths.  We heard some marvelous sound systems. All of us here at cannot wait until next SEMA show.  Like we said before, if there was one word that we could choose to sum up all the events at the 2008 SEMA Show, that word would be “impressive.”

Article by Seth Wilde

Staff writers at Sonic Electronix are experts in their field. In addition to a complete in-house training program, these experts typically have many years of hands-on experience in their specialty. Some come from car audio installer backgrounds, while others come with extensive retail experience.

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