Browsing Archive July, 2010

Infinity and JBL Car Audio Products

JBL Car and Marine Audio

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

Sonic Electronix is a proud authorized dealer for Infinity and JBL car audio products. Those that are familiar with those names will recognize them as respectable companies that have a true love for sound.  Both members of the Harman Audio Group, Infinity and JBL are backed by some of the world’s best audio engineers that continually push the envelope.  Each year, the companies introduce produces to the mobile electronics industry that have never before been seen.  As you might have read in our earlier bog posts, JBL has introduced the JBL MS-8 that will revolutionize the car audio world.

JBL offers a full line of audio components including speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, and sound processors.  After hearing a set of JBL car speakers that have been properly installed, the listener is typically blown away by the sound clarity, as well as the sound integrity.  The have become notorious for using high-end materials, while retaining a relatively low price.  It is easy to see why true JBL fans are loyalists to the brand.  Quality results each and every time is a sure way to gain popularity.

Infinity can be considered the older brother to the JBL line.  The care and precision that go into the creation of each Infinity loudspeaker result in a level of sound reproduction that is rarely surpassed.  Manufacturing quality speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, and more, Infinity is able to assist in various aspects of the car audio system.  Subwoofers like the 100.9W and the 120.9W feature some of that revolutionary technology such as the Selectable Smart Impedance (SSI) switch that allows the subwoofer to be changed from a single 2 ohm to a single 4 ohm.  There are many smaller details that Infinity pays close attention to that make the components sound better and last longer.  As mentioned before, products with the JBL and Infinity logos can be trusted as long lasting and great sounding.

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Kenwood XR-5S Digital Amplifier

Kenwood eXcelon XR-5S Digital Amplifier

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

Smaller is better, at least when it comes to car amplifiers.  In the past few years, the 12-volt industry has been experiencing some incredible advancement in technology.  New materials, new designs, new companies, and new factory integration devices have swept the industry.  Previously, the audio component receiving the most attention was the car stereo.  However, the limelight has since transferred to the car amplifier.  Never before has the car audio amplifier been advancing as fast as it is now.  We are seeing smaller and smaller amplifiers generating more and more power.  Kicker released their IX amplifiers, such as the 10ix500.4.  Alpine redesigned their PDX amps to make them smaller and more compact.  But now the attention has moved to Kenwood with their new line of digital power amplifiers.

The Kenwood eXcelon XR-5S is one of the smallest chassis for amplifiers that produce comparable power.  In fact, small footprint measures only 7-9/16” x 9-1/4” and has a height of 2-3/16”.  Combine that with a weight of 6.1 lbs and you get one of the smallest Class D, five-channel amps available on the market!  At either 4 or 2 ohms, the digital technology of this amp will produce the same results: 80 watts x 4 channels and 350 watts to a sub channel.  To make those ratings sound even better, they are RMS ratings and CEA-2006 certified.  In order to get the results that they wanted, Kenwood developed and used a four-layer circuit board with surface mount device (SMD) technology.  They also integrated new thermal management system and a fan cooled heat sink to effectively remove the heat.  Each channel has the option for low-pass or high-pass filters (50-200 Hz) so you can accurately get the tuning that your speakers require.  The Kenwood XR-5S is an incredible 5-channel amplifier that makes for an all-in-one amp solution for any car.  The small chassis can be installed under seats, in glove compartments, center consoles, and other places that installers have never before put car amplifiers.

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The JBL MS-8 Audio Optimizer

JBL MS-8 Sound Processor

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

Are you looking to get better sound out of your car’s existing audio system?  If so, then get ready to learn about the JBL MS-8 audio optimizer.  No matter if you have a stock system of an aftermarket system, this device will bring clarity and dynamic imaging to your mobile audio system.  If you are looking to experience music in a way that you never dreamed possible, then this easy to install sound processor is about to forever change your life… and your ears.

The JBL MS-8 is rightfully called a sound optimizer.  Once installed, this revolutionary device will forever change the way you experience music in your car.  It is designed to bring the audio system in you car to life, filling your vehicle with rich music you only thought possible in expensive audio systems.  One of the main purposes of the JBL MS-8 is to take your audio system and turn it into a finely tuned system that audiophiles become jealous of.  All of this is completed in a fraction of the time that professional tuning takes, as well as a fraction of the cost.  The MS-8 is installed in-line to your speakers by way of the speaker wires or RCA low-level inputs.  Included in the box are a small display, a pair of bi-aural microphone headphones, and a remote.  The tuning process is perfected as the headphones analyze the music and make the necessary adjustments according to the listener’s location, internal acoustics of the vehicle, and many other options.  The advanced DSP processor and Logic7 system bring incredible sound quality to the car’s audio system.  While this device was originally developed for audio optimization in factory audio systems, it can also bring the most out of any type of aftermarket audio system.  At JBL, it is all about the sound and the MS-8 is proof of that.

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Pioneer AVIC-U220: Add-on GPS Navigation for 2010 AVH Receivers

Pioneer AVH-P5200DVD

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

If you are like me, you are a “have it all” type of guy.   And when it comes to installing an aftermarket audio system, you need to make sure that you have the best products and you get them for the best price.   When you saw the current 2010 models of Pioneer AVH Audio/Video receivers (such as the Pioneer AVH-P5200DVD) get released, they seemed like the perfect media center for your car.  However, they were missing one major feature that prevented a lot of people from purchasing these advanced units.  They featured a bright and clear display.  Impressive audio processors and equalizer systems were built-in.  The bipod capabilities were smooth and integration was seamless.  Yet, they lacked GPS navigation.

With the Pioneer AVIC-U220, this problem has been fixed and the loyal Pioneer Electronics fans can breathe again.  This add-on module allows GPS navigation to be added to the Pioneer AVH car stereos for full and complete navigation.  The module attached directly to the rear of the stereo and can be mounted anywhere in the car.  It has a GPS antenna that can be mounted on the roof of the car and receives all the data from the satellites.   The Pioneer navigation system includes 12 million POIs (Points of Interest) that will lead you to local restaurants, banks, gas stations, and other popular locations.  Voice prompt and turn-by-turn guidance will make this module the driver’s best friend, while ensuring the eyes stay on the road and the hands on the steering while.  When future maps are available, the SD Card slot and USB input are easily accessible for quick updates.  One of the most impressive things about the Pioneer AVIC-U220 is the use of AVIC Feeds to log driving data, optimize fuel efficiency, upload personal points of interest, and other features.  Now, you and music lovers everywhere can have top-notch audio quality and the latest GPS navigation system!

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Give your Ride A Voice with Horntones

Horntones - Give you ride a voice

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

Is your stock horn not cutting it anymore?  Does the horn from the factory not get as loud as you need?  Maybe you are just bored with the standard horn that sounds like every other car on the road.  For those that fit any of the above situations, Horntones is going to sound like a product made just for you!  Imagine your car’s horn being able to say whatever you want and play whatever you want with the push of a button.  This can now become a reality with the latest craze for under the hood.  This is Horntones!

The Horntones FX-550 is the easiest way to add character to your ride.  The installation is fairly simple, although professional installation is recommended.  Once the installation is complete, you will be on your way to full control of your cars horn.  The real benefit behind horntones is the ability to play digital MP3 files through a horn speaker that play loud and clear.  It comes preinstalled with some tones, however the user can easily upload any MP3 file that they have on their computer.  If that’s not enough, the horntones website has various tones that can be downloaded.  The loud horn reaches 110+ dB, which is perfect for letting all the cars on the road know you are coming.

Some of the fun examples of what you can do with the Horntone system include pranking your friends, scaring cows (with the “moooo” cow ringtone), uploading your favorite song, and making your vehicle “talk” through the horn speaker.  The possibilities are literally endless.  Whether you have to have the coolest car on the block or you are just looking for something unique for your car, the Horntones system is perfect for you.

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