Browsing Archive June, 2010

HDTV Bundles Make Buying a Television Easy

HDTV Installation Bundle

By Samantha R. – Product Specialist

When comparing standard definition and high definition displays, you may not completely understand the details but one thing for sure is that high definition displays have an outstanding picture quality! HD Televisions have really gone off with a bang and to this day there are millions of products sold by manufacturers to enhance sound and picture quality and make entertainment that much better. Depending on your television, there are different cables and accessories that will provide the best image quality possible.

An exclusive Sonic Electronix deal with Monster Cable has arrived to help make your wallet thicker and life simpler! Introducing HDTV Bundles that consist of HD cables (such as the MC 1000HD-2M, MC 700HD-2M, MC 500HD-2M, or MC HDMIB-2M), power centers, surge protectors, cleaning solutions, and a professional installation DVD wizard. If you are not a professional installer, setting up your cables, wires, and entire home theater system could be a definite challenge. Installing your cables the proper way has a huge effect on your entire systems performance. Helping you add professional calibration techniques to your television, we provide a DVD calibration Disc “ISF Caldsk” that brings step by step video shots on how to properly calibrate your TV without complicated test patterns. Want the best of the best?! Our first HDTV Bundle has the Monster 1000HD HDMI cable, a Power Center with Monster’s Stage 2 Clean Power, DVD Calibration Disc, and the cleaning kit for one price. If you decide on basic accessories, and you are already getting a professional installer come to your home, you perhaps would go with the HDTV Bundle 4 which only comes with the Basic HDMI cable, a low joule rating of 555, and the cleaning kit.

Speaking of proper install, a cable inserted the wrong way could cause a loose ground or cause a harmful spike causing major damage. Luckily, since we include the Monster Cable Power Center, you are fully protected with up to 8 filtered outlets and plenty of absorbent joules to keep everything in the clear. We have also included a Monster Cable TV cleaning kit “TV CLNKIT” for advanced high performance cleaning. It is the perfect way to clean your TV and leave it streak-free and with no scratches. Whether you choose from HDTV Bundle 1, HDTV Bundle 2, HDTV Bundle 3, or HDTV Bundle 4, we have you completely covered on the essentials to complete your entertainment center. Keeping things simple and convenient is our goal and these HDTV Bundles will definitely do just that!


How to Prevent your Vehicles Amplifier from Overheating

MTX Audio JackHammer Amps Do Not Overheat

By David D. – Product Specialist

If you have a sound system in your vehicle, then it is possible you are familiar with your amplifier overheating at times. I have had this problem before with my own system and always wondered if there was something I could do to prevent this from happening. Working at Sonic Electronix has taught me some things about car audio and now I would like to spread some of the knowledge I’ve obtained to you. In this blog, I will give you some tips that will help you prevent your car amplifier from overheating.

Amplifier quality is the biggest factor when it comes to amps overheating. Higher quality amplifiers such as MTX Audio, JL Audio, Kicker, Alpine, and Infinity are designed to use the electrical power that is provided by your vehicles battery and alternator in the most efficient way possible. The high quality amps put out music, not heat like a lower quality amplifier would. Cheap amplifiers waste more power than they actually produce in sound. That wasted power turns into heat, which causes your amplifier to overheat.

Ventilation is key when installing an amp in your vehicle.  Since heat rises, you should never mount your amplifier upside down or under carpet. If you can’t seem to stop your amp from overheating, you can get a amplifier cooling fan; this will blow the heat away from your amplifier keeping it running as it should.  Some amplifiers, such as the MTX JackHammer amplifiers, have a fan and cooling system built-in to the chassis of the amp.

Another big component of overheating is mismatching the speaker’s power to the amp. If it’s too much power from the speakers to the amp, it will cause the amplifier to overheat. Match the load of the speaker to the amp precisely as possible, this will put out the correct amount of power while producing as little heat as possible.

Proper Installation can also cut down on your amplifier overheating. Make sure you create your own ground connection; the most efficient ground connection is when the wire is touching sanded metal. You do not want the ground wire touching paint or any preexisting nut or bolt.

Higher quality amplifiers are less likely to overheat, so keep that in mind if you are installing a sound system in your vehicle. If your amp overheats all the time, your sound system is useless.


Bazooka BA460: Low Price and CEA-2006 Compliant

Bazooka BA460

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

Upgrading a car stereo can be an exciting project.  Loud powerful bass, in-dash DVD players, and breathtaking sound quality are just some of the benefits of installing aftermarket components in your car.  With all these being said, it is sometime difficult to look at the final price tag of the system.  Quality components often are not cheap and can cost a lot of money.  Finding the best deal is always important for both saving money, as well as achieving the best sound possible.  Car amplifiers are often chosen last in a system, but they can also be the most expensive.  Although finding a quality amplifier with a low price can be hard to do, it is not impossible.

The Bazooka BA460 is a 4-channel amplifier with excellent output and a value price.  Southern Audio Services is most commonly known for the Bazooka bass tubes that they manufacturer, but they also have many other products that are reliable.  The Bazooka BA460 is a CEA-2006 compliant amplifier rated at 60 watts through 4 channels at 4 ohms.  That is a perfect companion for many of the aftermarket speakers that are available on the market today.  If the connected speakers are rated at 2 ohms, then the BA460 will effectively send 85 watts to each speaker.  It also features high-level inputs that enable the amplifier to be connected to a factory (OEM) stereo.  Whether the installed stereo is factory direct or aftermarket, this amplifier is fully compatible.  To make the installation even nicer, Bazooka has included chrome end caps that conceal the wire connections and adjustment knobs.  Simply connect the amp, cover the ends, and you wont have to worry about something accidently disconnecting a wire or changing a setting.  Unlike its expensive comparable amps, the Bazooka BA460 is a value amplifier with a low price.


iPod Alarm Clock Docking Stations

Philips DLO iBoom Home # DLA77082/17

By Kyle Duffy – Product Specialist

After a long day you get home and plop down on your bed and give a sigh of relief. Reaching a hand over you turn on your clock radio tuned to your favorite radio station and slowly slip into sleep. Sure enough you’re shocked awake by your alarm clock buzzing, it’s time for another day. You don’t have to suffer though, waking up in the morning will never be the same again with an iPod docking station alarm clock.

First and foremost, these types of alarm clocks double as iPod docks with charging capabilities, so you never have to worry about your battery running low while playing tunes. Get home, set it in the cradle and let the charging begin. The charger that came with your iPod can now be used elsewhere because your alarm clock has got you covered. Before you go to bed feel free to play your favorite tunes right from the docking stations speaker system. The Kicker IK150 is a digital stereo system with a built-in tuned port that enhances the bass response of your music. Alarm clocks don’t have to sound like tin cans, so two 3” speakers were thrown in to the mix powered by an efficient amplifier to bring your music to life.

Let’s keep in mind though that these devices are alarm clocks. The Philips DLO iBoom Home docking station doubles as a clock radio with alarm functionality. Wake up to that teeth grinding buzzer or switch gears and have music from your iPod wake you up. What about the radio? Yes you can wake up to your favorite radio station as well, or simply listen to it whenever you please. As an added bonus the iBoom Home docking station has a built in 3.5mm minijack plug so you can plug in other MP3 players and listen to music through its crisp, detailed speaker system. Don’t hit the snooze button on these wonderful devices, replace your boring alarm clock with a multi-purpose iPod docking station alarm clock sound system.


Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

It’s that time of year to show your father how much you love him.  We all have fathers and for many of us, it can be a special time to gather the family together and create memories.  No matter what traditions your family has in honoring your father, a gift is always an appropriate way to show your love.  However, the perfect gift can make all the difference.  Below are some Father’s Day gift ideas that are sure to be just what your Dad is looking for!

AutoNet Mobile

Give the gift of internet on the road!  The AutoNet Mobile router is the perfect way to get a high-speed internet connection inside the car.  Installation is fast, simple, and easy to do.  Once installed, your father’s vehicle will become a mobile WiFi hotspot and offer a wireless internet connection to all those inside the car.  Multiple AutoNet docking mounts are available so it can be used in multiple vehicles. Surfing the internet and working on the road has never been easier.

Universal Remote MX350

Bringing convenience to the home, the Universal Remote MX350 is an excellent gift idea for fathers that spend a lot of time in a home theater room.  Get rid of all the remotes and use one user-friendly remote to operation most of your electronic devices.  Easily control your television, blu-ray player, dvd player, home receiver, cable box, and more with the Universal Remote MX350

Kicker HP1973 Retro Headphones

Give you dad style and sound quality!  The Kicker HP1973 over the head headphones are made with a retro style that will bring back sweet memories for your father.  The leather headband and ear cups are so comfortable that he will forget that he is even wearing something on his head.  Once he hears the sound quality, he will think you spent a lot more money on them than you actually did.

Don’t forget your father this year.  For more great Father’s Day gift ideas, visit Sonic Electronix’s Father’s Day page.  Remember, it is never too late to get your dad a gift.