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The 28th Annual Spring Break Nationals Got “ZONED”

Clear skies welcomed SBN 28 to the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.

Clear skies welcomed SBN 28 to the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. (Click image to view a 12VoltBite featuring Saturday’s NiteGlow competitors.)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (03.27.2014) – The 28th running of the “World’s Most Famous Soundoff” was held last weekend at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Over sixty one brands of mobile electronics were represented by factories, distributors and dealers in three vignettes; there was an Audiophile Zone, an SQ Zone, and an SPL Zone.

DOW Electronics designed a retail setting to display brands on the company's line card to consumers as well as dealers in the SQ Zone.

DOW Electronics designed a retail setting to display brands on the company’s line card to consumers as well as dealers in the SQ Zone. (Click image to view a 12VoltBite featuring DOW.)

The audiophile Zone, a new addition to SBN, was an area of extreme quiet. Close to 200 enthusiasts personally experienced the most defined sound system designs in a noise free environment. “The Audiophile Room was a great place to intently listen to a hi-end sound system” said Ben Vollmer of Audition Audio, Cumming, GA. Vollmer was showing his 1988 Acura Legend that once belonged to IASCA Competitor/ Judge Harry Kimura. This “legendary” Legend was updated with JL Audio gear by Master Installer and industry proponent Mark Eldridge. Additionally, the brands that featured their vehicles in the “A” Zone were Focal, Linear Power, Everest Sound Labs, Hybrid Technologies and Soundstream.

Atrend's Anil Bhawnani with new enclosures and a selection of Zapco amplifiers. Atrend is the exclusive U.S. Distributor for Zapco.

Atrend’s Anil Bhawnani with new enclosures and a selection of Zapco amplifiers. Atrend is the exclusive U.S. Distributor for Zapco. (Click image to view a 12VoltBite featuring highlights from day 1 of SBN.)

The SQ Zone housed displays and exhibits by Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers which were flanked by rows of Tuner Jam show cars. The floor noise level in the SQ area was mandated to no more that 95dB and while periodic infractions occurred the arena was more than bearable and it was not difficult for Exhibitors to speak with clients without screaming. With SBN newcomers: McLaren Sound Systems, A-Trend, UAF Products, Nu Alien, Sonus Car Audio and Ohio Generator, SBN drew thousands of spectators and hundreds of Auto Sound Dealers. The resurgence of brands the likes of Focal, Illusion Audio, Mosconi, Zapco, Cerwin Vega, Diamond Audio, Image Dynamics, Digital Design and Hybrid Technologies back into our fold.

DB Drag Racing, IASCA and MECA organizations drew enthusiasts and competitors to the 100,000 SPL zone.

DB Drag Racing, IASCA and MECA organizations drew enthusiasts and competitors to the 100,000 SPL zone. (Click image to view a 12VoltBite featuring highlights from day 2 of SBN.)

The 100,000 square foot SPL Zone was a different story. IASCA Worldwide, dB Drag Racing and MECA associations hosted SPL competitions while in the same space SIMPLY LOUD emerged from Manufacturers and Dealer SPL demo systems. The Demoz competitions featured BASSHEADS’ newest rage: “Float” and Hair Tricks entertained spectators who were all warned about the extreme volume prior to entering the SPL Zone!

The creation of three independent Zones solved problems of the past and was well received by all factions. For more on SBN, visit www.springbreaknationals.com.

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