MECA at CES Booth 3100 North Hall

CES starts today in Las Vegas, and MECA’s booth 3100 in the North Hall will be staffed by CA Event Coordinator Richard Papasin, his wife Linda Kobayashi, and TN Judges Heather and Allan Shaffer. Richard’s SQL vehicle will be on display and demos will be available throughout the show.
We have the 2018 CES Sound Showdown at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino on Saturday with 2X SQL and 3X SPL contests, sponsored by US Acoustics.
Stop by the MECA booth for a 2018 MECA Mad Scientists on Wheels pen and wrist band.

2018 Sound Pressure League Classes

After serious discussion and review, based on member feedback and suggestions, these are our 2018 Sound Pressure League Classes, listed below.
We left Street 1 -4 same as 2017, with the addition of Street 5 7501+ Unlimited.
Trunk systems T1 and T2 stay the same, and Trunk systems 4001 – 7500 may compete in Street 4, and Trunk 7501+ compete in Street 5. Depending on the installation and modifications, Trunk systems may also compete in MS3 or MS4, or Modified classes, and Radical X classes are also open to Trunk vehicles.
We all know that whatever we do will not be 100% welcomed or accepted by some competitors. R&E believes that we have a fair place to play for all systems (except pickup trucks with subwoofer box on front seat) for those willing to read the Rule Book and build to the rules. MECA’s SPL rules are unique to car audio sports and have paved the way for changes and improvements in the sport itself, historically, since 1999. This is our 20th season and our SPL program for serous competitors is the most fair and comprehensive we’ve offered.
The 2018 Rule Book text is being prepared and there are really no big changes there, or big surprises. We’ll try to have that ready in the next 2 weeks.
Any MECA Member whose sees changing classes as a necessity, and would like points transferred from early 2018 shows, should contact the Commissioner for review and update. If a member chooses to have points changed, they cannot ask to have the points changed again.
We will see how these classes work for 2018 and review again for 2019 One of the main considerations is number of competitors in each class at Finals. One sign that a class is working is when the class has 5 or more competitors entered at Finals.
Score sheets are at the printers and will be used at all future 2018 contests.
Thanks to everyone who provided input, and to our R&E members who did the work!

T1: 0-2000
T2: 2001- 4000

S1: 0-750
S2: 751-2000
S3: 2001-4000
S4: 4001-7500
S5 – 7501+ Unlimited

Modified Street
MS1: 0-2500
MS2: 2501-5000
MS3: 5001-10,000
MS4: 10,001+ Unlimited

M1: 0-1500
M2: 1501-3000
M3: 3001-6000
M4: 6001-10,000
M5: 10,001+ Unlimited

XTC: 0-4000
X: 4001+ Unlimited

Park & Pound
DB1: 0-1500
DB2: 1501-3000
DB3: 3001-6000
DB4: 6001-10,000
DB5: 10,001+ Unlimited

2018 CES Showdown – Las Vegas 1/13/18

Join Event Director Richard Papasin, Linda Kobayashi, Heather and Allan Shaffer, MECAheads, and lots of industry folks at the sound-off at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino on Saturday, January 13th. If the weather cooperates, this could be one of the biggest sound-off events in the USA in 2018.

This is a 2X SQL and 3X SPL event. Thanks to US Acoustics for helping to sponsor awards for the contests.

Happy Holidays!

Best wishes to all for a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season.

Thanks to our SQL, SPL, Show & Shine, MECA Kids, Boom & Zoom, and Ride the Light Competitors, our Retail Members, Judges, Event Coordinators, Event Directors, Manufacturer Members,and Fans who make MECAland a good place to be.


(Tree pic courtesy of Steve Cook, Team Audio X, AL)

2018 SQL Rule Book for review

Please use the link to access and review the 2018 SQL Rule Book.  This is not set in stone, and we will wait a week to receive and review Member feedback, and we’ll edit any item than requires a change.

Our Rules & Ethics Committee did a great job responding to the issues presented to us after Finals.

Special thanks to Richard Papasin who formatted and edited the 2018 Rule Book as we made changes. Here is his summary of changes we made:

– 45 Points required for Finals qualification for each of these classes: 1-seat Sound Quality, Install, RTA Freq Out, and Dueling Demos
– For active military personnel, first responders, and for people with no shows within 250 miles of their home the points requirement is reduced to 30 points with Commissioner approval.
– 25 Points required for Finals qualification for SQ2/SQ2+
– State Championship requirements are a total of 25 points at the conclusion of the State Finals event, with highest score in state at the event.
– Stock class: spare tire removal allowed and limit of 30mm/1.18” tweeters or smaller in non-factory locations with no build-outs (factory locations maintain same speaker or smaller requirements)
– Street class: Car PCs, hi-res players, tablets allowed as source units. A-pillar or sail panel modification allowed for single pair of 2” (51mm) speakers or smaller measured from the outer edge of the surround not to exceed 2” from original factory surface. Dash pods or modification of factory grills are not allowed
– Modified Street class: A-pillar or sail panel modification allowed for a pair of 2.5” (64mm) speakers or smaller measured from the outer edge of the surround AND optional pair of small format tweeters not to exceed 30mm (1.18”) – see rules for build out limits for both a-pillar/sail panel and dash pod build-outs. Kickpanels allowed to house up to 6.5” speakers, and factory grills can be modified
– Modified: 120VAC equipment now allowed, sail panel build outs are clarified, and 8” seat rail extensions allowed
– Modex: Sail panel build outs are clarified, Unlimited seat rail extensions allowed
– SQ Best of Show @ Finals: Culbertson Cup goes to best overall within Modified – Master, Alma Gates Cup for Stock – Modified Street
– Dueling Demos:
– Audio system must qualify for standard safety requirement of SQL format
– Street+: Only one pair of molded speakers (excluding tweeters) or dash pods above the dash (A-pillars).  All other speakers should be in factory locations.  No molded door speaker build-outs. Kick panels are ok so long as not vented to outside of vehicle.

5 Toys For Tots USA Events

Thanks to Mike at for the great coverage provided to our club and contests!

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (12.05.2017) – “The MECA Club is a strong supporter of Toys For Tots events with our retail members. We have 5 that are specifically holiday related on the schedule this Holiday season. Two very well attended events have already taken place,” MECA Commish Steve Stern relayed to

The Sound Factory in Knoxville, TN hosted their 3rd Annual Toys For Tots on November 19th and it was very successful.

Marines pictured with Toys For Toys boxes at the Sound Factory in Knoxville.

Marines pictured with Toys For Toys boxes at the Sound Factory in Knoxville.

The Sound Factory’s Chris Myers stated, “We had a great turnout. This year our event was an accredited Toys For Tots event and the Marines were on site. When the event was over they took 6 of their big boxes filled with Toys for Tots in the area. We had 40 to 45 competitors too that competed in multiple MECA formats. Some competitors, that did not bring toys, donated cash and we bought toys for the Toys for Tots drive.

MECA also organized an event in Ft. Pierce, FL on December 3rd. The 1st Annual Bass 4 Tots Car Show, with 772 Customs hosting the toy drive, drew over 60 cars that packed the 772 Customs parking lot. MECA coordinator Sunil Boodram worked to bring the event together.

772 Customs Robert Jacquin commented, “It was great to see the turnout of car stereo enthusiasts at our event. Also, that some many were so generous to bring gifts to make the Holiday Season for many children a happy one.”

Crazy Ralph’s Car Stereo, in gonzales, LA, is set to host the Santa Slam on December 9th in conjunction with the local toy drive.

Steve Stern - MECA

Steve Stern – MECA

The SoCal Toys For Tots 4 event, hosted by LEXService in Hawaiian Gardens CA on December 17th, will features only SQL contests.

SoundCheck in Lafayette, IN is scheduled to host their toy drive on December 17th at the store.

“For MECA retail members, when they host 3 events during the season, the MECA fees for the 4th event may be donated 100% to the charity of the members choice,” Stern concluded.

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2018 CES in 5 Weeks – Booth #3100

Our MECA Club and Contests will be on display in Booth #3100.  Richard Papasin and Linda Kobayashi, from California, will be handling the booth business, with Allan and Heather Shaffer on the way from Tennessee to help when needed. Richard’s high-level SQL vehicle will be on display and available for demos.

Click on the link to go to the Consumer Technology Association site for information and registration.

Register by 12/18/17 for free industry ID Badge/Show Access.


Sundown Audio On-Board For 2018

Thanks to the good people at Sundown Audio for their continuing support and participation in our club and contests.

They are dialed in for the 2018 season, and will be the North Carolina Title Sponsor for all events in that state, and will co-sponsor our 2018 World Finals Soundfest.

Sundown Audio is one of the most credentialed brands at our contests, and was featured in the Vice News segment that highlighted BOBOS competitors Mike Flanagan (MS) and Charles Haley (TN) at the 2017 Finals.  In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the youtube link:

We look forward to a busy year with events in North Carolina, with the Sundown Show in Claremont as a season highlight.

2018 SQL Judge Training 2/17/18 – Participants List

Our 2018 SQL Judge Training session is set for Saturday, February 17th, in Nashville. The day consists of listening and “calibration” at OmegaLab studio, practice scoring, and the Music of Journey at 8 PM with the Nashville Symphony and an A-Team rock band. Training is $100 and includes an amazing Symphony ticket, in the perfect SQL location, floor, center section, about 20 rows back. Contact the Commissioner to pre-pay and reserve your spot for the SQL Judge Training at or just send $100 to that email address and note: SQL Judge Training.
MECA’s annual 3X Freezefest is the next day, Sunday, February 18th, and trainees will get the opportunity to judge and work with the Competitors.
SPL Judge Training is on-going, and Members are encouraged to work with their Judges to get training and help with contests.
Here is info on the Symphony program for 2/17/18:
Registered as of 11/28/17
Marsha Beeler (TN)
Sunil Boodram (FL)

Anthony Davis (NC)

Dominic Iraggi (TN)
Russell Jones (FL)
Amere Madison (OH)
Mike Madison (OH)

Steve McIntyre (WA)

Mike Nicholls (CA)
Kim Orta (VA)
Neil Orta (VA)
Bill Pleasant (WA)
Allan Shaffer (TN)
Heather Shaffer (TN)
Sidney Wright (OH)

MECA @ Slammed Enuff & Turismo Drift – Coupon 11/18

MECA will be at the Nashville Fairgrounds on November 18 for the Slammed Enuff & Turismo Drift event.  We will offer Sound Pressure League contests and Dueling Demos.

We have a $10 discount on the Gate Fee, down to $15, with on-line pre-registration at: and use the Coupon Code:  meca

This is for all MECA competitors, pit crews, and families to use.

This discount will be available until 11/05.  After that, Gate Fee is $25.  Regular MECA 2X entry fees will be charged at the MECA judging area.

Thanks to organizers for including MECA in this event: