Browsing Archive September, 2010

Sonic Electronix on Facebook

Join Sonic Electronix on Facebook

By Seth Wilde. – Product Specialist

Have you become a fan yet? Do you want the inside scoop on all the happenings at your favorite online electronics store?  If you are reading this blog then I hope that you have already become a fan. Show your Sonic Electronix pride and support by becoming a fan of Sonic Electronix on Facebook!  Head on over to the Facebook page and join the revolution!

So what are the benefits of becoming a fan? There are a lot of great things coming to the facebook fans of Sonic Electronix. Each day Sonic posts their deal of the day to share with all the fans.  You will get exclusive deals, promotions, and even some free items. Rumor has it if you ask for a sticker; they send you a bunch of stickers! Who knows what else they are willing to give out for free. Sonic also host contests on facebook.  That means by becoming a fan, you are eligible to win free items or store credit. You also gain access to a wealth of friends and knowledge. If you have a question about what you should do for your next install, ask Sonic and their fans. Whether it is from Sonic or one of their fans, you will get excellent professional advice catered to you.

Also on the Facebook page, Sonic Electronix has integrated their Twitter account and YouTube channel. That means you can watch videos directly on the facebook page. Learn from Seth Wilde and Brendan Hughson in the educational and informative videos that they post. Get quicker updates from twitter and stay in touch. Have a photo that you want to upload? Use the fan photo galleries to upload images of your car. Become linked to Sonic Electronix like never before and become a fan on facebook!

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Nixeus Fusion HD: A High Definition Network Media Player to Fuse Your Digital Life

Nixeus Fusion HD (NX-1000 HD)

By Seth Wilde. – Product Specialist

A high definition network media player allows you to enjoy your movies, music, videos, pictures and other shared media files on your High Definition TV, Home Theater/Audio System, and PCs that are digitally stored in your devices.  Connected to your home router, you can also stream these digital media files from a centralized storage location or share them to multiple devices and view them on TVs or multiple displays.  The Nixeus Fusion HD comes included with a Wireless-N adapter and 10/100 Ethernet port connection for wired networking with your home network.  With an internet connection, you can also enjoy unlimited web entertainment (Flash Video is not currently supported on built-in web browser). The Nixeus Fusion HD is capable of playing 99% of available digital file formats so you don’t have to worry about having the proper media decoders or convert them to playback your digital files.

The Nixeus Fusion HD is Designed to Compliment your Home Theater and Audio System
The Nixeus Fusion HD supports HDMI 1.3, Stereo (CVBS), and S/PDIF (Optical) audio outputs to allow for different home theater and audio applications.  Licensed and certified by HDMI, the Fusion HD can up convert, display and play video up to full 1080P 60Hz to provide rich full high definition pictures for you to enjoy on your High Definition Television. The Nixeus Fusion HD is licensed and certified by Dolby Digital and DTS to playback their supported audio formats along with passing through Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio to your home audio receiver.

Unlimited Digital Entertainment at the Touch of Your Remote (Or Mouse and Keyboard)
The Nixeus Fusion HD comes ready with internet entertainment and supports USB mouse and keyboard for easy web browsing.  The built-in web browser allows you to surf the World Wide Web to stay up to date with information and news on Google, Yahoo, and Facebook.  You can finally enjoy quality YouTube videos and Flickr photos on your high definition television and you no longer have to be confined to your PC monitor.  Nixeus’s own Fusion Channel allows you to enjoy international internet video content from all over the globe and you may also add your own channels or add the most watched internet channels to the favorites list.  With Live 365 and SHOUTCast internet radio stations you can enjoy live music from all over the world in the comforts of your home.  Built-in BitTorrent Client allows you to download your latest torrent files.  The Fusion HD is also licensed and certified by UPnP 1.0 and DLNA 1.5 certified to allow for third party software providers assist with streaming digital media files from your PC or from the internet to the Fusion HD to allow playback on your HDTV.  Using PlayOn (Third Party) UPnP streamer you can access and play NetFlix movies and internet video sites such as Hulu, CNN, and SpikeTV.

Managing Your Digital Life
With the cost of digital hard drive storage getting cheaper every month, it now makes practical financial sense to store them in internal and external hard drives.  The Fusion HD supports an internal hard drive up to 2 Terabytes (not included) which allows you to potentially store up to 256 DVD quality videos (8GB each), or 40 Blu-Ray videos (50GB each), and 500,000 music files or 500,000 mpeg pictures (4MB each).  Using digital file compression you can potentially store much more of your digital media files.  If you have a Network Attached Server (a PC with multiple hard drives connected to your router), the Nixeus Fusion HD can also access them and stream them to your HDTV.  With an installed internal hard drive, the Fusion HD can also function as a centralized network storage device (NAS) and stream or transfer files to all your networked devices.  The Fusion HD also supports USB 2.0 and eSATA connections to allow you to connect digital card readers, digital cameras, USB Hubs and external hard drives to further extend storage capacity.  You no longer have to go on a treasure hunting mission to locate your digital media files stored on your DVDs, Blu-Rays, and CD disks!

Making Your Digital Life Portable
The Nixeus Fusion HD does not have to be networked to your home router and confined to one area.  With an installed internal hard drive, or USB/eSATA external hard drive, or USB flash thumb drive, and any other connected USB device the Fusion HD can play back digital media files from a variety of connected devices.  You can also transfer files from your PC or other storage devices using the Fusion HD’s USB Client port – which allows your PC to see it as a connected external storage device.  Now you can take your digital life anywhere you go! You can finally share and enjoy them with friends and families in their homes, in your automobile, in your boat, while you are on vacation or holiday – anywhere that you can connect the Nixeus Fusion HD to a TV or Monitor and a power source (additional international power adapters/car converter not included).

The Digital Entertainment World and Technology is Constantly Evolving
Nixeus Technology, Inc is committed on providing quality high definition network media players and products. The Nixeus Fusion HD has a friendly graphic user interface and is designed to make your digital media life easier and more enjoyable – now and for the future!  Nixeus engineers are constantly working on future firmware updates that will add new features and functions that will enhance your digital experience.

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Alpine SPS-600C Component Car Speaker System

Alpine SPS-600C Car Speakers

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

When looking for a pair of replacement car speakers, it is important to trust the manufacturer. Often times a no-name manufacturer can lead to short lived products, or products with low sound quality. How is it that we can tell if a manufacturer is trusted? How do we know if they are a reliable and trustworthy source for speakers? There are many ways to do this, some of which include looking into the company’s history or by asking a professional their opinion of the company and their products.   However, with the increase in the number of manufacturers there needed to be a more solid way to do this. Today, there are ratings and certifications that keep a level playing field. The CEA 2031 speaker rating certification is a loudspeaker standard that tests and rates the specifications claimed by manufacturers. While not all companies will submit their speakers to this program, it is still a sure way to trust the product that you are buying.

Alpine is one company that receives a CEA 2031 rating for their loudspeakers.  This helps to further establish the Alpine name as a quality manufacturer of car audio products. Consider the Alpine SPS-600C car speaker set.  It is a 2-way component set that is an ideal sound solution upgrade.  CEA 2031 rated at 80 watts RMS and 240 watts max, these speakers are able to accept a lot of power to ensure the sound is loud and clear. Using a silk soft dome tweeter, these speakers are able to achieve an excellent high frequency sound unlike other speakers. What is even more appealing about these is the swivel feature for the tweeters, by allowing a 10-degree swivel; the speakers can be directed towards the listener. The Type-S speaker series are able to bring excellent sound quality to a price that is affordable to just about anyone. And to make the deal even better, the CEA 2031 certification makes the speakers a trustworthy source.

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Perfect Beginner DJ Turntables – ION Discover ICUE3

ION Discover DJ (ICUE3) Computer DJ System

By David D. – Product Specialist

If you’re just getting started in the DJ game, the turntable systems can sometimes look overwhelming. Don’t let that stand in your way of becoming a successful DJ though; I have the perfect solution for you. The ION Discover ICUE3 DJ Turntable system is perfect for entry level DJs and those just learning how to mix. This system is fully compatible with your PC or Mac and includes everything you need to start DJing right from your computer. All you need is Windows XP/Vista for PC or Mac OS X for MAC to turn your computer into a mixing station.

The built-in plug-n-play USB connection allows you to conveniently hook it up straight to your computer, which means no drivers or power adapters needed, while the included Mix Vibes DJ Software allows you to record and edit all of your mixes. Don’t worry about not having songs to mix, this system is fully compatible with your iTunes music library, allowing you to mix and edit all your favorite jams.

ION’s ICUE3 system has dual touch-sensitive 6” jog wheels that are very smooth running and provide you with a natural scratch feel. When the “scratch mode” feature is turned on, they operate just like a real turntable, if “scratch mode” is off, the jog wheel will pitch bend. The bass and treble controls let you easily tune your sound to perfection; the looping feature allows you to extend the mix by repeating your favorite parts. Enhance your mixes with the built-in crossfader, this lets you mix between sounds while the fully adjustable tempos allow you to match songs. The large front panel pitch, volume, treble, and bass controls are easy-to-read and operate while the sync, reverse, cue, and play/pause buttons light up when in use.
So bottom line, if you’re a beginner looking for an affordable turntable system, or just want to have a little fun mixing your favorite jams on your free time, I highly suggest this ION Discover DJ System.

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Scosche iPad Accessories at Sonic Electronix

By Seth Wilde. – Product Specialist

Since the release of the Apple iPad, millions of people have experienced the ease and convenience of tablet PCs.  This new devices offers an entirely new format for entertainment, computing, business presentations, and leisure activities.  For those that have an iPad, protecting that investment is an important task.  Almost as important as keeping it charged and powered at all times. Luckily, there are many iPad accessories available that are specifically designed to power, protect, and enhance the iPad experience.  As an official Apple partner, Scosche is one manufacturer of these iPad accessories. Below are a few necessary iPad items that go along with a new iPad.

Keeping the iPad Charged
Scosche reVIVE II USBC3
People are on the road a lot, almost as much as they are inside. That is why a compatible charger is needed for both places. The Scosche USBH3 is the perfect replacement home charger for an iPad.  It features two USB ports on it. However, these two ports are not the same. One is rated with output of 1 Amp (1000 mA) and the other is rated at an outstanding 2.1 Amps (2100 mA). Each outlet is color coordinated and labeled to reduce confusion.  The 2.1A USB port is designed to have a higher output to charge the iPad faster. The Scosche revive II USBC3 is the same type of charger, however it is designed for the car.  Just plug it in and the iPad is ready to be charged on the road.
Keep the iPad Clean and Protected
Scosche IPDC iPad Case
With all the use that the Apple iPad is getting, it is best to keep it protected.  The Scosche IPDC is a low profile polycarbonate clear case for the iPad.  This will protect the housing from dings, scratches, and other blemishes. The Scosche FPPD2 is a package of ultra clear screen protectors that fit perfectly on the face of the iPad.  Protecting an iPad has never been easier.
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