Browsing Archive September, 2009

Autonet Mobile Router – Get Internet in the Car!

AutoNet Mobile Router

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Great news – Autonet has extended their $200 off mail-in rebate offer on the Autonet Mobile Router to December 31, 2009. That means you can turn your car into a WiFi zone for just $169.99 after the mail-in rebate! Imagine having broadband internet to help pass the time on all of those long road trips. If you find yourself stuck in traffic and late for a meeting, the Autonet enables you to send and receive email on your laptop!

Check out our previous blog on the Autonet Mobile Router for more details about this extremely useful wireless internet router. You can use this router to access broadband internet while inside of your vehicle. All of your passengers can access the internet while you drive. In fact, this router creates a WiFi zone of 1000 feet in and around your vehicle, so you can even use the internet while sitting outside of your parked vehicle.

We have also written a guide on how to install the Autonet mobile router in our Knowledge Base section. You can use this article as a guide during your install. Remember, you will need to purchase a monthly subscription to access the internet with this router. Hurry, with a $200 rebate, supplies won’t last!


Harman Kardon Receivers

AVR 254

By Chelsey P. – Sonic Electronix Writer

Immerse yourself in quality home theater sound with Harman Kardon audio and video receivers. They provide a cutting-edge surround sound to deliver exceptional audio to all your movies, music and TV shows.  Harman Kardon Receivers provide the user with maximum options with a minimum number of buttons. They use the most up-to-date technology to optimize the clarity of any entertainment source whether it is old or new.  Today we are going to talk about two receivers that Harman Kardon offers as part of their line.

The AVR 154 is a 5.1 channel audio and video receiver. It features standard Dolby Digital surround and DTS Decoding along with a Cirrus Logic CS Processor for an extraordinary system sure to blow everyone away. It will also come with three HDMI Inputs, two HDTV Component video inputs, four S-video inputs, a front-panel input for video games and an auxiliary input for portable media players. With all these connections options, you will have no problem hooking up a television, DVD Player, Blu-Ray player or your favorite video game console. The AVR 154 is all about ease of use with an ultra-wide bandwidth design for maximum loyalty.

Now, if you are looking for something with a little more power, the AVR 254 may be what you are looking for. It is a 7.1 channel receiver with Dolby Digital surround sound but also has DTS-HD and DTS-HD Master audio. DTS-HD supports “lossless” audio for the highest, high-definition audio quality. The AVR 254 features Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processing to 1080p. The purpose of the processor is to eliminate jagged edges along diagonal lines caused by interpolation. Just like the AVR 154, it will come with three HDMI inputs but will also have connections for external amplifiers. The AVR 254 is the perfect audio and video receiver for any home theater sound system.

Audio and video receivers have become a part of many household home theater systems, but with new technologies coming out, an advancement will surely be needed in the home theater industry.


Infinity Perfect Line


By Kyle D. – Sonic Electronix Writer

Harmon International specializes in high-quality audio and electronic products for automotive, consumer and professional use. Infinity is one of Harmon’s many sibling companies and carries its legendary audio quality to the automotive department. Kappa Perfect was introduced in 1998 as a high-end line of car audio products from Infinity. The Kappa Perfect line has really excelled for Infinity, anyone knowledgeable about car audio has heard of the series. Infinity Kappa Perfect have been winning competitions for years while remaining affordable for the average consumer. When you hear the name Infinity, you hear about their products superb sound quality and innovative, sophisticated use of technology. Infinity says it’s not technology for the sake of technology, it’s technology for the sake of music.

Infinity Kappa Perfect subwoofers are built likes tanks, and ooze technology and innovation. The newest Kappa Perfect VQ (Variable Q) subwoofers feature proprietary Magnesium Metal Matrix (M3D) woofer cones that are 20 times “deader” than aluminum with superior stiffness and damping properties. The Variable Q interchangeable pole pieces allow you to tune the woofers Q exactly how you want it, which is unheard of. If Infinity says its Perfect subs can go as low as 23Hz, they mean it. Kappa Perfect subwoofers are also extremely loud and accurate, following close beats is a cinch and it’s nearly impossible to distort them given the right system. These are the first subwoofers that can easily be optimized for tiny sealed boxes, medium sized sealed and vented and infinite-baffle applications. The perfect mesh of sound quality, accuracy and precision is available with Kappa Perfect subwoofers.

Infinity’s product quality and excellence stems from its passion for music. This passion shines most bright in their Kappa Perfect series component speaker systems. Car audio has been forever changed by the clarity, quality, and presence of the Kappa Perfect line of speakers. Deep-anodized aluminum woofer cones make up the midwoofers of these speakers for incredible detail and accuracy. A 1” edge-driven aluminum tweeter with a rubber surround produces astoundingly bright, crisp highs. For ultimate speaker control, Kappa Perfect speakers have a Linqwitz-Riley crossover network with 3.5kHz tweeter crossover frequency, and -4/0/+5dB tweeter level control. These speakers are hefty and built to last. They run a unique 3 ohm impedance and just beg for power from a quality external amplifier.  Kappa Perfect speakers were created using the most advanced technologies for the most critical of audiophiles, and boy did Infinity deliver, on a magnesium metal platter.

Infinity car audio products are crammed full of high end and trick technology.  Engineering at Infinity is state-of-the-art and a great deal of computer aided design software is used to devise their products. This includes FEA(Finite Element Analysis) modeling programs, LEAP CAD software, MLSSA FFT analyzers and the new Klippel analyzer. It takes a lot of guts to describe a product as “Perfect”, but after hearing anything from Infinity’s Kappa Perfect lineup you will understand they chose their words carefully.


Samsung HT-BD1250


By Chelsey P. – Sonic Electronix Writer

Have you purchased a new flat panel television, but the sound just isn’t what you are looking for?  Samsung has just what you need in an all-in-one home theater setup. The Samsung HT-BD1250, a 5.1 Channel surround sound system is perfect for upgrading your home theater system. The 5.1 Channel design consists of 2 front speakers, 2 surround speakers, a slim center channel speaker, and a subwoofer. Now, this isn’t your regular home theater system with just speakers and a receiver, it also has a built-in Blu-Ray player. This is a big advantage as it offers full compatibility with the latest features such as BD-Live, Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio decoding. The Blu-ray receiver also features streaming content from Netflix and Pandora. Add the optional Samsung WIS09ABGN wireless adapter and you can have all the online capabilities without having to run cables.

The design of the Blu-Ray player and receiver combo is unique in itself. It features a glossy black finish with the “Red Touch of Color” Samsung is known for, making this system the perfect companion for select Samsung LCD Televisions. The unit has touch sensitive control buttons on the top of the player giving it a sleek, minimalistic look.  The volume control, a flat, spinnable disc, on the top of the player is similar to that of an iPod. Speaking of the iPod, this home theater system includes an iPod dock for music and video playback.

Expand your entertainment options by adding a surround sound system to your home theater.  The HT-BD1250 system included a full-featured receiver with built-in Blu-Ray, 5 speakers and 1 subwoofer. This provides excellent image quality and great sound on all your favorite movies and shows. So sit back, relax and enjoy full HD picture and sound night after night.


Coaxial vs. Component Speakers

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Ever wonder about the differences between coaxial and component speakers? Your host Seth Wilde gives a complete breakdown on component vs. coaxial speakers in the latest episode of SonicElectronixTV, our YouTube channel. This episode is actually part one of an ongoing series on car speakers.

If you are looking to purchase a set of auto speakers, you are probably wondering what the difference is between coaxial and component speakers. Coaxial speakers are essentially one full-range speaker. A coaxial speaker has a midwoofer and tweeter attached. The coaxial speaker has one terminal and one small built-in crossover, which is used to separate the frequencies running to the tweeter and the crossover. The Kicker KS650 is a great example of a traditional coaxial speaker.

Component systems have a mid-range speaker, a tweeter and a crossover. The tweeter does not arrive mounted onto the middle of the woofer, because the system comes with a separate tweeter and crossover. Some component systems allow you to manually mount the tweeter in the middle of the woofer, or you can opt to mount it elsewhere since the tweeter is separate from the woofer. The crossover is also separate from the woofer, so you can choose where to mount it. Unlike the coaxial speakers, the component systems are first connected to the crossover, then to the speaker and finally to the tweeter. While coaxial speakers require one input connection with the speaker wire running directly from the amp, a component system will require three different connections and three sets of speaker wire. Precision Power PPI 356cs is an example of traditional component speakers.

If your car has one speaker per door panel, coaxial speakers are probably the way to go. Component systems require a more advanced install, but for vehicles with separate tweeters, they are a good option. Component systems will likely give you a higher quality sound too.

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