For Release: January 1st, 2005
Press Contact John Whitacre
Hifonics Colossus Outlawed for Too Much Power
Chicago, Il- Maxxsonics USA, the auto-sound parent and manufacturer of Crunch and Hifonics mobile audio sound systems was saddened to learn that its Hifonics 3200-Watt RMS XX-Colossus was banned from the dB-Drag finals held in Nashville, Tennessee and hereby launches a formal protest to that organization.
dB Drag announced less than 24-hours before commencement of the finals that the Hifonics XX-Colossus did not meet dB-Drag rules for amplifier design. Its competitors notified Maxxsonics of the organizations confused decision only after the final's event had taken place.
dB-drag took the advice of European dB-Drag judges, and branded competitors, alleging the Hifonics XX-Colossus was actually " two amplifiers " inside its heat sink, instead of one. The drama began with an email posted on dB-Drag's website forum, containing a portion of a personal Maxxsonics email response to a European end user with a DIY install question. The response contained a very brief and quick XX Colossus topography description, "It is two 1600-watt amplifier PCBs strapped inside". This statement was taken out of context, and was a small excerpt from a series of emails, answering installation questions.
A factual note; in early 2004, third-party European engineers independently certified Maxxsonics XX-Colossus as a single-amplifier internally for "CE" and the stricter "E-Mark" certification. College-degreed engineers prepared this E-Mark certification. They correctly certified the XX Colossus to be a single amplifier internally. However, hearsay and self-serving factors set the rash dB-Drag decision into motion.
dB Drag did not attempt to speak with Hifonics prior to its 11th-hour decision and instead turned away an unknown (see partial list of competitors below) number of participants who had spent thousands of dollars competing, and justly winning other dB-Drag events, all during 2004 with the Hifonics XX-Colossus.
"The decision smells of politics and jealousy" said Ted Henricks, Maxxsonics' Vice-President. It is also a shame the dB-Drag organization was pressured by "manufacturing judges and promoters" to make such a rash decision. The reality is, if you actually look at an XX-Colossus inside, you will see seven PCB boards, all completely different, and that it is, in fact, one amplifier. Using DB Drags' theory, you must accept that any four-channel or two-channel amplifier is a more than one amplifier inside. Hifonics has been developing high-powered amplifiers for over twenty-years and our engineering team spent over two-years in designing this product. Nobody called, nobody asked, dB-Drag just wanted to quickly satisfy some overly vocal and disgruntled dB-Drag participants who they knew they were going to loose," he added.
"We are sorry for their decision and also apologize to the people who have supported our products. We do not agree at all with dB-Drag but we hope that our competitors do not turn away from dB-Drag events due to dB-Drag's long-term commitment to the auto-sound industry. Conversely, we suggest that dB-Drag; if it is going to make engineering decisions, understand amplifier and subwoofer design with the assistance of a real electrical engineer. In addition, they better get it together because we know people will be rolling into the drag lanes in 2005 with our new 5-kilo-watt XX Goliath and 10-kilowatt XX Maxximus", stated Henricks.
Maxxsonics salutes the following dB-Drag contestants who were unfairly denied:
- Eric Coulter
- Charles Estes
- Terry Jackson
- Eric Alexander
- Terry Brocks
- Alex Avila
- Bill Larkom
- Shawn Young
Maxxsonics is a leader in mobile audio manufacturing and distribution of Hifonics, Autotek and Crunch sound component systems and creator of the 2005 CES Innovations Design & Engineering "award winning" Maxxblaster 2.1 audio / PC gaming system.
For more information visit Maxxsonics at www.maxxsonics.com or they can be contacted at 1-866-636-MAXX.