Browsing Archive August, 2009

Soundstream Di475.1 Monoblock Amplifier


By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

The award winning Soundstream brand has produced high performance car audio products for the past 20 years. The Soundstream box emblazoned with the familiar tarantula logo represents a quality brand name you can trust. The Di475.1 Class D mono amplifier continues the Soundstream tradition of great products at great prices. The high quality circuitry is designed with special fiber glass material to ensure that your amp will last a long time. When you think amps, you think power, and this amp will get your system bumping to the beat.

Because they provide power, car amplifiers are the lifeblood of your car audio system. Amplifiers usually have switches on their panel that allow you to adjust the bass as well as other sound settings. The Soundstream Di475.i also includes a bass remote, which makes it even easier to find a setting that will suit your ears. This “Extreme Bass Machine” generates power from its internal PWM MOSFET power supply. With power like that, you won’t be disappointed. This amp also offers multiple wiring options include RCA outputs and speaker level inputs. You can connect the Di475i amplifier to your system through either set of terminals.

At four ohms, the Di475i amplifier can provide 350 watts of power. If you want even more power, you can wire your subwoofer at 2 ohms, and the Di475i amp will produce 475 watts. This amp will generate enough bass to keep your system sounding great. It can generate plenty of power even though it is a relatively small amp. It produces a lot of power considering it weighs only 8 pounds. When it comes time to connect the amplifier to your subwoofer, you will need to use 8-gauge power and ground cables. Once it is installed, the power will flow to the amp and the LED power indicator will be illuminated. You are now ready to pump up the volume!


Sony Xplod XS-R5743


By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

The Sony Xplod XS-R5743 5” x 7” 4-way speakers provide great sound at an affordable price. This four driver setup includes built-in dome tweeters and super tweeters for enhanced sound accuracy. These speakers are a definite upgrade from factory speakers. You will enjoy the finely tuned music emitted from these 5” x 7” speakers. Even though they are listed as 5″ x 7″ speakers, they are also suitable for 6” x 8” openings. As far as appearance, these speakers will look great in your vehicle. The bright blue tweeter in the middle of a dark grayish cone makes for a pleasing look.

In terms of power handling, these speakers won’t wake up the neighbors, but they provide just enough bass for a nice, rhythmic thump. Rated at 35 watts of RMS power per speaker, you can use your head unit to power these speakers. The XS-R5743 can reproduce a wide range of sound, handling a range from 40 Hz to 23,000 Hz. That means these speakers will be able to reproduce most of the highs and some of the lows in your music. If you wanted to hear even more of your lows, you could always add a subwoofer to your car to compliment these speakers.

The Sony brand is a quality name you can trust. Established in 1946, Sony has been building reliable car audio products for a long time. The XS-R5743 are carefully crafted to ensure high quality playback for years to come. Further, these speakers have a full 1-year warranty to keep your investment safe. That investment will certainly improve your system. Switching to these from factory speakers will help you enjoy your favorite tunes like never before!


Infinity Kappa Subwoofers with SSI Technology


By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Check out SonicElectronixTV, our exclusive YouTube Channel, for a closer look at the latest car audio products! In this episode your host Seth Wilde takes a look at the new Infinity Kappa subwoofers, which feature the all-new Selectable Smart Impedance (SSI) technology. In this video you will see how easy it is to switch the Kappa subs’ impedance back and forth between a 2 and 4 ohm rating using the SSI technology. The three voice coil design enables you to select between impedance ratings. You will also appreciate the close-ups of the Infinity 120.9W and Infinity 100.9W subwoofers. Each subwoofer is shown in vivid detail so that you can see the exquisite quality that is characteristic of the Kappa brand.

Both of these subwoofers are designed with a coated glass-fiber cone that practically sparkles when illuminated. The modern-looking cone is outlined by a thick rubber surround, which reinforces the cone during heavy excursion. The magnet is also fashioned with a rubber boot to keep the entire basket protected during heavy playback. The Infinity 120.9W is a 12” model (pictured above) is rated at a booming 1400 watts. The Infinity 100.9W 10” subwoofer is also rated at an ear drum shattering 1400 watts with 350 watts of continuous power. Both of these subs will absolutely bump inside of your vehicle.

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Samsung WMN1000B TV Wall Mount


By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

The Samsung WMN1000B is an incredibly thin wall mount designed for Samsung LED flat panel televisions. Using a wall mount saves space and provides a better viewing angle. You will feel like you are at a movie theater while peering up at your wall-mounted big screen. A wall-mounted television also enhances the elegance of your home’s interior. Besides, this wafer-thin wall mount makes installation easy. The WMN1000B enables you to hang Samsung TVs like a picture. Just tighten the two fasteners to the wall and you will be ready to mount your TV.

The Samsung WMN1000B wall mount is fully adjustable, making it easy to access inputs behind the TV.  Even though this wall mount is extremely thin at only .6” deep, it can hold flat panel TVs as heavy as 110 pounds. In fact, it is compatible with LED screens between 40” and 55” in the Samsung 6000, 7000, 7100, and 8000 series. It can also hold 50” Plasma TVs in the 850 and 860 series. You will love the way this wall mount keeps your TV up and out of the way. It not only saves space, it also protects your investment!

Read more about how to mount flat TVs using the WMN1000B wall mount.


Pioneer Double Din Navigation Stereos


By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Not long ago, cassette decks were prominently used as car stereos. Nowadays we live in an era of “mega” stereos fashioned with remarkable features like built-in GPS navigation, Bluetooth, DVD/MP3 playback and touchscreen controls. If your car’s dash has a double din slot, then your car is ready for one of these multi-functional, sizeable, touchscreen stereos. With these double din touchscreen head units, you can even use the screen to control your iPod or other USB/aux compatible media players. Top of the line units can also be equipped with premium radio broadcasting channels such as satellite or HD radio. When it comes to head units, it simply does not get much better than a do-it-all stereo with an easy-to-use touchscreen. Pioneer has introduced models like this that allow you to control all of your entertainment devices through the touchscreen monitor.

The ultimate car stereo is the Pioneer AVIC-X910BT, a 5.8” in-dash head unit with a touchscreen monitor. This double din head unit plays CD’s, MP3’s, and DVD’s and it has built-in flash based navigation. It is compatible with MSN direct, so with the purchase of a subscription you will have access to real time traffic updates, local gas prices, movie times and more. When the map voice guidance is activated, this unit will turn down your music temporarily to make an announcement regarding your route such as: “In 200 feet, make a right turn on 1st street.” The navigation voice guidance actually names the upcoming street because it is outfitted with text-to-speech technology. After the announcement is over, your music volume is automatically restored. You can use the touchscreen to type an address or select from one of the 12 million points of interest stored on the unit’s memory.

That’s just the navigation aspect of the AVIC-X910BT. This unit is also equipped with everything you need for Bluetooth connectivity. You do not need to purchase any additional adapters or a microphone. The AVIC-X910BT is designed with the best Bluetooth interface on the market, Parrot Bluetooth. It is aptly named Parrot because it relays everything you say to the party on the other side of the call. In fact, you will not feel like a “parrot” during phone calls, as you will not have to repeat yourself on this Bluetooth interface because the microphone is equipped with echo cancellation. Not only that, you can make a call without even touching the screen because this head unit can respond to voice commands. The voice recognition even responds to conversational phrases, making the voice command feature that much more practical and easier to use.

In terms of expandability, the Pioneer AVIC-X910BT has a front aux input, which makes it easy to connect digital media players such as your iPod or iPhone. If you want to use an SD card, the front SD input makes using a SD card a viable option. It also has a rear USB input for loading thumb drive media. If you would like to add Satellite or HD radio, you just need to purchase the required adapters and/or tuners. With all of these options, you will certainly have plenty of fresh music to choose from.

Finally, if you don’t feel like touching the screen while driving, you can retain your factory steering wheel controls with the PAC SWI-PSv1. With the SWI-PSv1 you can use your steering wheel controls to operate the AVIC-X910BT. To further enhance the safety of your driving experience, add an optional backup camera using the rear camera input. This will make parking a cinch and it will help prevent accidents.

For about half of the price, you can get a lot of these same great features albeit a smaller screen, with the Pioneer AVIC-U310BT. This in-dash head unit has only a 4.3” touchscreen monitor and it doesn’t play DVD’s or iPod video. However, it uses the same GPS navigation technology as the AVIC-X910BT. It also features text-to-speech software, a MSN direct tuner, and flash based GPS technology. It only has 400,000 points of interest but it can be upgraded to over 12 million by purchasing the optional POI SD card.  Like the AVIC-X910BT, the Bluetooth connectivity comes standard, so you do not need to purchase any additional parts for hands-free communication. The only difference is that this unit does not respond to voice commands, so with this unit you will have to use the touchscreen (or your cell phone menu) to dial out and answer phone calls.

The AVIC-U310BT offers a lot of the same great expandability options as the AVIC-X910BT, but there are a few differences. The aux input is actually a rear input on the AVIC-U310BT. However, as with the AVIC-X910BT, the USB input is also a rear input on the AVIC-U310BT. Unlike the AVIC-X910BT, the AVIC-U310BT does not have a rear camera input, but it can be configured with a steering wheel adapter to retain your steering wheel controls. On the plus side, the AVIC-U310BT is detachable for added faceplate security whereas the AVIC-X910BT is not. On the downside, the AVIC-U310BT only has 2 sets of preamp RCA outputs (compared to 3 sets for the AVIC-X910BT).

Overall, the AVIC-U310BT is a great option if you’re looking for something more affordable but with many of the same great features as the AVIC-X910BT. No matter which one you choose, either of these stereos are sure to amaze your passengers with the sheer number of options that they offer.

Click to Compare the Pioneer AVIC-U310BT vs. the Pioneer AVIC-X910BT