Browsing Archive May, 2009

Savv Mobile Multimedia Screens/Monitors

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

If you are looking to add video screens to your vehicle, Savv Mobile Multimedia video screens are a great option. Video monitors can transform your vehicle into a flashy entertainment system on wheels. LCD screens allow passengers to watch movies and play video games as you drive. Whether it’s an overhead monitor, a headrest monitor, or a sun-visor monitor, video monitors will set your vehicle apart. Video screens keep your passengers entertained on long road trips, and they are a big bonus when carting the kids around.

If you’re an iPod owner, the Savv LM-A7030W is the perfect headrest monitor for your vehicle. This unit has a front aux input that makes it ideal for connecting an iPod. The 7” LCD widescreen makes it a lot easier to enjoy iPod movie playback. This screen can be installed into your headrests as a rear seat entertainment unit. It is compatible with wireless headphones includes a remote for easy playback control. If would like all of those features in a bigger screen, we also carry the 10.2” Savv LM-X1020W headrest screen. A screen like this will keep your passengers entertained for hours.

Overhead monitors are another great option for entertaining your rear seat passengers. For the ultimate system, check out the Savv LOH-2100DVD overhead monitor and built-in DVD player package. This unit combines a 12.1” LCD screen and DVD player for an easier install as well as convenient playback control. The outstanding screen size and high resolution will keep your guests smiling throughout the entire drive. We also carry an assortment of Savv overhead monitors that do not include a built-in DVD player. These screen range from as small as 10.4” to as a large as the 15.4” Savv SLOH-1600W widescreen. This 15.4” digital monitor is big enough to entertain the whole crowd.

As a driver you should always keep your eyes on the road, which is why rearview monitors are a great addition to your vehicle. Some of these monitors are designed to clip onto your rearview mirror, while others can be mounted on the windshield using the included suction cup mount. These screens automatically display what is behind your vehicle when backing up. They also have audio and video inputs, so you can watch video on the screen while your vehicle is stopped. The Savv SLBM-5400 is a 10.2” stand alone rearview monitor that can be mounted to your windshield. This is a great tool for entertaining the front passenger with movies and it can assist the driver by displaying the backup camera’s view.

Finally, adding sun-visor monitors is a great way to keep front seat passengers entertained. Best of all, Savv sunvisor monitors include built-in DVD players for an easy install and convenient playback control. In terms of compatibility, these DVD players include built-in USB and SD card inputs. There are driver’s side and passenger’s side versions available. The SLSV-U7070DVD is the driver’s side version and it is available in beige and gray. The SLSV-U7080DVD is the passenger’s side version and it is also available in beige and gray.


Rockford Fosgate T20001bd


By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Rockford Fosgate revolutionized the car amplifier realm by using cutting edge circuitry designs and building amps with incredible power. The Rockford Fosgate T20001bd is the latest product from the storied brand and a testament to their visionary designs and meticulous attention to detail. This amp is the latest and greatest from the Rockford Fogsate Power Elite line.

Thanks to Rockford Fosgate’s creative design techniques, this amplifier can produce a jaw-dropping 2,000 watts of continuous power when wired at 1 ohm. The tremendous power supply is aided by an extra large metal tab surface area, which has been expanded by 60% for increased power capacity. The amp’s enhanced, larger surface area results in a lower resistance load and superior temperature control, so this amp can bring loads of power to your speakers and subwoofers without overheating. In addition, the integrated MEHSA (Maximum Efficiency Heat Sink Application) technology expedites heat transfer and extends the life of the amplifier.

Rockford Fosgate engineering does not settle for products that produce a merely satisfactory performance. The Rockford Fosgate design team always strives to beat the industry, and the T20001bd is a prime example of their efforts. A typical class A/B amp only performs at around 20-60% efficiency, but the T20001bd’s 75-80% efficiency rating puts this class bd amp in a class of its own.

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This amplifier is extremely user-friendly, as you can easily customize the sound output with the special para-punch bass EQ and wired remote. The para-punch bass EQ allows you to modify the sound from 0-18 dB and even has variable center frequency control between 35-70 Hz. Daisy-chaining is made easy with the built-in PowerSync, which enables you to chain bd series amps together for the ultimate setup.

If you’re going to get an amplifier, you should invest in a brand that you can trust. As the brand’s illustrious history shows, Rockford Fosgate amplifiers are built to perform at a high level for years to come.


KT-HDP1 & KT-HDPK1 Portable HD Radio Tuner

KT-HDP1By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

HD radio is an awesome technology that enables you to enjoy your favorite local AM and FM stations with less distortion. Equipping your vehicle with HD radio components also gives you access to additional FM stations. Like satellite radio, you can enjoy the superior sound clarity of digital radio broadcasts. Unlike satellite radio, there is no subscription required for exclusive programming.

Installing HD radio components into your vehicle is fairly straightforward. One of the easiest ways to add HD radio to your vehicle is to purchase a portable HD Radio tuner, such as the JVC KT-HDP1. The KT-HDP1 brings HD radio to your vehicle without having to modify your in-dash car stereo. Besides, this unit is so light and compact that you can take it just about anywhere. If you want to install it into your vehicle, you just need to purchase the KV-K1017 car mounting kit. For your convenience, we offer both the KT-HDP1 HD radio tuner and the KV-K1017 car mounting kit as a package deal that we call the JVC KT-HDPK1 HD Radio package.

The KT-HDP1 is a universal add-on HD Radio tuner, meaning that it is designed to fit into all vehicles. The KV-K1017 car mounting kit is compatible with both aftermarket and factory stereos, and it includes all of the wiring and mounting accessories you need to install the KT-HDP1. This includes suction cups for windshield mounting. To use the KV-K1017 you must install a wired FM transmitter. If your car stereo has an aux input jack, you can connect the HD radio tuner through this input as well.

HD radio is a great new concept, and now you can easily add it to your vehicle with an awesome portable HD radio package!


LED vs LCD TV Technology

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Both LCD televisions and LED televisions offer beautiful screen displays. How do you choose between an LCD and LED monitor? It may depend on your personal preferences, as each type has its advantages.

LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Displays. LCD screens typically have minimal distortion, high resolution, and tend to be brighter than plasmas. LCDs are known for their realistic imagery, color accuracy, and sharpness. A great new LCD TV is the 52” Samsung LN-52B750 flat panel television. This TV uses the exclusive Auto Motion Plus technology, which minimizes motion blur. Samsung TVs use exclusive technology to enhance the picture quality. In addition, Samsung LCD televisions have amazing processing capability, as they can transfer between 100-120 Hz. This fast processing helps eliminate and reduce motion blur.

LEDs stands for Light Emitting Diodes, which are tiny lights used to reflect red, green or blue colors. This LED technology results in richer color reproduction and crisper images. Another great aspect of LED televisions is that they enhance the lifespan of a TV screen two times over the previously designed CCFL screens. Not to mention, LEDs do not use Mercury, which makes them much more eco-friendly.

LED monitors have a 3,000,000:1 mega contrast, which enables the screen to present a fabulous array of color shades, from the deepest blacks to the cleanest whites. The built-in advanced color processing provides a greater range of colors. These are a few of the reasons why LED screens can depict an absolutely stunning picture quality. The Samsun UN46B7000 is a 46” LED widescreen monitor with Auto Motion Plus technology. When you watch the game on this TV, you will feel like you are actually there. This television will leave you amazed at the realism and screen quality.


Philips DCP851 Portable DVD Player


By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

The Philips DCP851 is a great option if you are looking for a portable DVD player that is compatible with your iPod. Pop in a DVD or just plug in your iPod into the built-in iPod dock, and this unit will display an immaculate depiction of your favorite photos and videos on its widescreen 8.5” LCD monitor. With this DVD player, you no longer have to strain your eyes while trying to watch movies on your miniscule iPod screen. Besides the sizable screen, the best trait of this unit is its versatility. In addition to playing DVDs and iPod movies, this unit also plays music from your iPod while it displays the song title and artist. If that’s not cool enough, it can also play MP3 and regular CDs. Further, the DCP851 can also display digital media from photo CDs and memory cards. The possibilities are endless!

As an iPod owner, I am always worried about burning out my battery life while on road trips. The great part about the DCP851 is this unit charges your iPod during playback! As far as the DCP851, the unit has a built-in rechargeable battery. On the downside, the battery life lasts only 2.5 hours while unplugged. However, it includes an AC adapter and car adapter for powering the unit during extended playback. While in the car, just plug your player into your cigarette lighter and the unit will be fully powered and ready to stream media.

All screens aren’t created equal, and this screen is much better than average. The anti-glare technology helps minimize reflections from the sun. This is especially important since this portable media player is so light that you will want to bring it on all of your road trips and outdoor adventures. Don’t worry about bothering others, because you can use one of the two headphone jacks to listen to your movies and music while in a communal area. On the flip side, if others want to join in, the remote control and adjustable stand make it easy to use this DVD player for entertaining small groups. The adjustable stand allows you to tilt the screen at various mounting angles.

If you are looking for a portable DVD player with all of the bells and whistles, the DCP851 will not let you down. You will enjoy the convenience of being able to bring along a nice sized screen throughout all of your excursions.