From very humble beginnings, Mobile Electronics Australia, or 'MEA' has become a vibrant community of diverse people with a common interest - Car Audio. MEA began as the vision of enthusiast Marc Rushton in 1999. New to the internet, it was quickly discovered that there was a lack of content that focused soley on car audio in Australia. Soon after a Yahoo Group ‘Aussie Car Audio’ was founded and it has since grown to become the largest Australian resource for Mobile Electronics enthusiasts on the internet today.
The original group 'Aussie Car Audio' soon became 'Car Audio Australia', a name recognised Australia wide throughout the industry as a vital aspect of the Australian industry. In 2007 as part of a restructure and change of direction 'CAA' became 'Mobile Electronics Australia'.
Over the years the original forum has grown from just general discussion to then include off topic discussion, and into what you now see. Today there are forums and information that cover all facets of car audio, as well as other categories relevant to members. There is information on the latest products and technology, and also localised information about events of interest for the car audio community from SPL competitions to social gatherings. You can get help on anything from how to calculate the correct size box for some sub-woofers to advice on what crossover points to try.
MEA has members as diverse as long term industry experts to beginners, looking to get information before they make their first purchase, often before they have even purchased the car the gear will be fitted too. Members both old and young, male and female, and members from far flung places like the USA, New Zealand and Europe visit the website on a daily basis. This means the member base consists of a broad range of experience, and quite often differing points of view. Rather than this being a problem it often leads to relevant issues being discussed in depth, and providing more information than a simple answer would often provide, to what may appear to be a simple question.
Quite often vigorous debate ends up in multi-page threads that then educate members about a subject far greater than would have occurred, if MEA only had a small membership and therefore limited points of view. It also means that not only is it a great place for people new to car audio, but also its a great place for the more experienced to grapple with more complex subjects that they are wanting to learn more about.
Mobile Electronics Australia has also helped the industry continue to grow at a time when there has never been greater demands on the people who buy and use car audio. By providing such a valuable resource to car audio enthusiasts, MEA has grown to become the premier online destination for anyone with an interest in car audio. Not only is it a valuable and unique resource it has grown into a community that has regular meets and social functions in all states of Australia, but also where it is quite common for members to provide assistance to other members whether it be helping to build a sub box, to help tuning a system before a competition.
In 2012, MEA has grown to include a team of over fourteen from around the nation. From product reviews, to our sound off crews in each state, MEA draws upon the resources available from around the country to deliver a one stop hub for Mobile Electronics in Australia.