Browsing Archive January, 2011

Gemini CTRL-SIX DJ Controller

In todays world of crazy technology, most DJs have their whole music library stored on a computer, so manufacturers had to produce products to keep up with the times. Well Gemini is one of those manufactures that didn’t miss out. They have created products that make it simple to produce and manipulate music straight from your computer. One of their products that allow you to do such is the CTRL-SIX.

Gemini’s CTRL-Six is a professional USB/MIDI DJ controller that allows you to access the music stored on your computer and create your own mixes with simplicity and quickness. This controller is equipped with a built-in mixer, audio input and output jacks, and all the necessary tools you need to be a creative with your music as you can get. The CTRL-SIX features an interface that is familiar with most DJs giving them the feel of their traditional turntables and decks. It has 2 individual mixing channels with 2 large touch-sensitive jog wheels for scratching, cueing, and other assignable parameters. To make this controller even easier to use, Gemini has made it switchable between USB bus-power or a DC adapter, giving you, the DJ, the option of what power source suits you best. The CTRL-SIX also features 46 buttons, 5 faders, 18 rotary knobs, cross fader with adjustable X-Y slope, adjustable channel faders, brightly illuminated buttons, and a soundcard.

Wait, that’s not all, I know you’re wondering about the inputs and outputs, one of the most important features on any DJ controller. Gemini’s CTRL-SIX controller has all the jacks you need to slide confortably in to any setting including two-channel switchable line/phono inputs, rec, master, and booth RCA outputs, balanced XLR output; 1/4” and 1/8” headphone output with volume control; and XLR and 1/4” mic inputs with mic volume control.

This Gemini controller also comes with the very popular and much needed Virtual DJ LE Software. This DJ software is used by beginner DJ’s all the way up to professional DJ’s. It features BeatLock engine, which allows songs to always stay in beat and lets the DJ works their mixes faster than ever before.

The CTRL-Six is a perfect controller for all you beginner DJ’s, and has enough features to satisfy a top notch professional DJ all for a very reasonable price.

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Lava Lite Lava Lamps now at Sonic Electronix

Lava Lite Lava Lamp Blue and Green 5224-4

Whether you are young or old, or male or female, there is a good chance that you have seen a lava lamp. These colorful centerpieces are often a central conversational piece in the homes that have them. This is because everyone loves a lava lamp. Whether they will admit it or not, lava lamps are fun to look at. They add a unique sense of style and light to a room that only a lava lamp can do. For decades, lava lamps have been found in homes across the world. Sonic Electronix is helping to continue that tradition of fun, colorful lamps with the Lava Lite collection that is now available on SonicElectronix.com.

Now shipping from Sonic Electronix is the entire Lava Lite collection. They are the current leader in traditional lava lamps, as well as other novelty lava lamps. Since these hypnotic lamps were brought to the United Stated in 1965, they have become a widely popular item for all types of people. From the teenager that is growing up to the DJ that wants some funky stage lighting, the lava lamp is a great addition to any room, stage, table, or any place close to a power outlet. They are also a great addition to an office or cubicle that wants to stand out and be a little more unique.

Lava Lamps makes several different sizes and styles of these lights. The smaller desk lamp is a 14.5” lamp, such as the Lava Lite 2121-4002. This is a classic 20 oz lamp with pink wax, purple liquid, and a silver base. This same size of lamp is available in different color configurations to match the décor of your room. They also offer a medium 16.3”, 52 oz lamp for those that want something a little bit bigger. However, they have something special in store for those that want the biggest and best of everything. The Lava Grande, like the Lava Lite 6824-1002, is a huge 27”, 250 oz. lava lamp that instantly becomes a conversation starter. Next time you are looking at changing the style of your office, room, stage, or table, consider adding some lava lamps to brighten the atmosphere.

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Kenwood’s Reference Fit Mobile Power Amplifier Included In 2011 Product Line

Kenwood XR Amps

Fitting aftermarket audio equipment into small spaces is crucial in car audio. Amplifier manufacturers know this, and are continually developing new ways to make their amplifiers smaller and smaller. Kenwood introduced a new 5-channel amplifier this year that will make saving space issues a thing of the past, the Kenwood eXcelon XR-5S. Thanks to digital amplifier technology, the XR-5S has an extremely small chassis and allows for installation in very small spaces without any sacrifice in power or audio performance.

Some of the technology that allows this to be possible is the four-layer circuit board for ultimate versatility. Also featured is a new surface mount device technology to further help with the amplifiers mounting versatility. Another great addition to the Kenwood eXcelon XR-5S is a new thermal management system which really makes the high output, compact design possible. The XR-5S has continuously variable low-pass and variable high-pass filters that allow for easy tuning and sound tailoring of multiple speaker systems from one compact location.

There are two other amplifiers that also fall into the “Reference Fit” series lineup introduced by Kenwood this year. First of the two is the Kenwood eXcelon XR-1S, which is now Kenwood’s smallest monoblock amplifier ever. This compact package delivers 600 watts of RMS power at 4 ohms, and 700 watts of certified RMS power at 2 ohms. It has a maximum power rating of 1,600 watts. The other Reference Fit Mobile Power Amplifier is the Kenwood eXcelon XR-4S. This is a 4-channel, full range power amplifier solution. It’s power rating is 120 watts of RMS power to each of the channels at 4 ohms, and 150 watts of RMS power to each channel at 2 ohms. If the amplifier is bridged together, it will push 300 watts of RMS power to two channels at 4 ohms.

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Myron & Davis Custom Headrest Monitors

Myron & Davis Custom Headrest Monitors

Headrest monitors are becoming more popular in cars these days, especially in comparison to the larger overhead monitors. While installing a flip-down monitor can sometimes be easier and result in a larger screen, it is at the cost of a rearview mirror. Headrest monitors do not block any of the drivers view and put a screen directly in front of the viewer. For that reason alone, many people across the world are becoming converted to the convenience of Myron & Davis headrest monitors.

There are many things that separate Myron & Davis aside from all the other aftermarket headrest manufacturers out there. It is these differences that make the cost worth it. One of the first things to note is that the headrests are custom made for your car. That is a bold and rare statement to hear in a day and age where one-size-fits-all solutions are found everywhere. By checking the application guides and then supplying the Sonic Electronix Service Rep with your vehicle information, you are preparing yourself for a factory fit and finish. From the leather grain to the leather color and from the shape to the headrest piping, these headrests will seamlessly blend in to your car.

They are available in a few different configurations with DVD players and standard headrest monitors. For example, the Myron & Davis P7HDM2LR features a pair of headrest monitors, each with their own DVD player. This way the passengers can enjoy their own choice of movies without making the other passengers watch the same. For those that only want a single headrest DVD player, the Myron & Davis P7HDM2ER is the perfect choice for any vehicle.

One of the biggest reasons to choose a Myron and Davis headrest monitor is the safety aspect. Realize that by installing a headrest monitor in your car, you are effectively putting a TV (and possibly a DVD player) right next to your head. In the case of an accident, you are going to want to make sure you are safe and protected. In order to ensure its safety, Myron & David performs a series of tests to guarantee performance and safety. In fact, the products are tested with the same OEM safety standards that car manufacturers use on their factory installed headrests. Each headrest exceeds the DOT (Department of Transportation) regulations. EMI and EMC tests are also performed to ensure safety while the monitor is in use. Safety should always be number 1 on your priority list, and so should Myron & Davis.

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How to Listen for Good Sound

How to Listen for Good Sound

We all hear sound and we all listen to music. Whether we are in the car driving to work or shopping at the mall, we are constantly listening to music. The more we listen to music, watch movies, and participate in other activities that require us to listen intently; our ears start to recognize quality audio. We can help train our ears to hear quality sound and distinguish the good from the bad as we start to understand the attributes of good sound. As we listen to different headphones, we can hear the differences between them. For example, the Monster Beats by Dre will sound a lot different than the Grado RS2i. This blog is a basic introduction to some thoughts behind good sound quality. The intent is to change the way you listen to your music the next time you put on a pair of headphones. For this introduction to good audio, I will break the concept into three different questions that you can ask yourself as you listen to the music.

Question 1: Is the music loud enough?

The loudness of the music should be at a level that is comfortable to listen to. When the source volume is set at an average level, the speakers or headphones should not be to loud that you have to turn the volume down or too soft that your ears strain to hear the music.

Question 2: Is the music clear enough?

The clarity of the music is very important. This is what allows you to understand the music. When listening to music with vocals, the clarity is what allows the listener to hear, understand, and comprehend the words that are said. For those that are listening to spoken word, the clarity of the music is what allows the listener to distinguish the difference between words that sound similar (such as “cat” and “bat”).

Question 3: Do you feel like you are there?

Hearing music is different than experiencing it. As you listen to the music, listen to see if you feel like you are at the original performance. Higher quality recordings will be able to do a better job of retaining the quality of the original recording, but the speakers play a vital role in delivering that sound to your ears. Can you hear the sound stage? Does the sound from each instrument independent and not become muddy with the others? Is the sound separation apparent? Many of these questions relate to the main question at hand. You want to be able to feel like you are listening to a live performance, not a recording. The greater the fidelity, the better the speakers are able to do this.

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