Browsing Archive August, 2011

Back to School Sale at Sonic Electronix

Back to School Sale at Sonic Electronix

School is almost back in session and that means it is time for Sonic Electronix’s Back to School Sale. Right now at Sonic you can save up to 20% on select items for your car, boat, studio, and home. It is easy to take advantage of these great deals because all you need is the coupon code “B2School20”. So why are you still reading this? Go check out these deals!

Back to School Coupon: B2School20

Deals Audio Enthusiast Deals

Enhance your car audio and save money while you are doing it! Sonic is currently offering deals on car stereos, car amplifiers, subwoofers, speakers, and more. Looking for some hard-hitting bass? Check out the Kicker Solo-Baric L7. Need a new car stereo? Consider the Sony XAV-70BT or the JVC KD-R520.

Deals for Boat Owners

With summer coming to a close, now can be the best time to get some deals on the marine gear you want. The Cerwin-Vega WAVE 104 is the perfect marine subwoofer that has been tasted and quality controlled for optimal marine performance. The sale at Sonic is also offering great prices on marine speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers and more! If you own a boat, do yourself a favor and check out these great marine deals!

Pro Audio & DJ Deals

Whether it is at home or in the studio, Sonic Electronix has what you need to enhance your musical experience. They have a great deal on the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones. These headphones have become a standard for sound quality and comfort. You can also find great deals on PA speakers, mixers, power amplifiers, turntables, and more.

Back to school is a great time to get deals on all the electronics you need for this next school year. Don’t see what you are looking for here? Let us know type of products we carry that you use during the school year. The more feedback you give us, the better the sale next year.


Circuit Breakers, A Great Alternative to Fuses

Circuit Breakers, A Great Alternative to Fuses

A circuit breaker is an electrical switch that works automatically to provide in-line protection from damage caused by excessive current or short circuit. It will immediately terminate electrical flow when it detects a faulty electrical condition. Circuit breakers are made in a wide array of sizes, from small configurations for car audio or household appliances, to large configurations designed to protect high voltage circuits that provide power to entire cities.

Circuit breakers are a great alternative to fuses at the battery, mainly because unlike a fuse that operates once and then has to be replaced, a breaker can be reset to keep your power pumping. Using a circuit breaker will save you the trouble of buying fuses every time one blows, which happens often if you have a high performance sound system in your vehicle. Located on the top of most circuit breakers is a moveable lever and a reset button, when the breaker experiences excessive power, the lever will snap and stop all current flow. When this occurs, all you have to do is move the lever back to its normal location and hit the reset button, and in a matter of seconds, your power will be reinstated.

Here at Sonic, we carry circuit breakers from some of the best manufacturers like Tsunami and Xscorpion. The Tsunami CBF Series Circuit Breakers are available in 100 amp, 140 amp, 180 amp, and 200 amp configurations. The CBF series feature setscrew connections, 24K gold-plated connections, protective plastic cover, and integrated end caps for total short circuit protection. Xscorpion has manufactured their newest breakers with a LED status indicator, push button reset (that can also be used as a kill switch), water resistant housing, protective rubber bolt caps, and integrated holes for easy mounting.

Fuses are less expensive than circuit breakers; however, a blown fuse must be replaced for you to be able to enjoy your music again. So ditch those fuses, save money and enjoy the convenience of a circuit breaker.


Earthquake’s Subzero Series Subwoofers at Sonic Electronix

Earthquake Sound SZ-12

Every now and then you will run into a car subwoofer that will leave you in awe with its unique design and superior structure. Not only will the subwoofer be aesthetically pleasing but it will sound amazingly precise and deliver bass like you have never heard or felt before. This is exactly what will happen when you set your eyes on the 2004 CES Innovations Award winning Earthquake Sound Subzero series subwoofer. This series of subwoofers are available in a 10”, 12”, and 15” model, ranging from 750 watts to 1250 watts of RMS power handling. Just because they all look the same does not mean they all sound or are built the same. Each woofer is uniquely design and built to accommodate its respective size. The Subzero series subwoofers feature many technologies that put them a notch above the rest and give them the label of high-end subwoofer. Subzero subwoofers are set to re-define what a high-end subwoofer should look and sound like. These subwoofers will offer quality, performance, ease of use and superb constructional design that will not be easily matched by other subwoofers within the car audio industry.

Earthquake Sound SZ-12The SZ-12 is the 12” subwoofer in the Subzero series of Earthquake Sound subwoofers. The woofer has a power handling rating of 2000 watts peak and 1000 watts RMS. With that much power you really won’t need more than one, unless you really want the earth around you to shake. The first thing you will notice on this subwoofer, besides is enormous size, will be the structure. A unique precision and different angle diamond cut basket makes this subwoofer look like a million dollars and with a structure like this it is pretty impossible do deny the quality of the woofer. A metal mesh look and design at the bottom of the basket protect the magnet from any damage, keeping the 12″ subwoofer safe from flying objects. The woofer is designed with and features a paper pressed composite woofer cone with a foam composite woofer surround, as well as a sturdy polypropylene bronze dust cap. The materials allow the subwoofer to reproduce clean, efficient, and powerful bass while also giving the woofer a sense of longevity and reliability. The SZ-12 car subwoofer is also equipped with a nomax/romax spider assembly meant to assist with accurate reproduction by maintaining the single piece piston as linear as possible. The high strength and power magnet motor structure moves the 3” over-sized, flat-wire voice coil that offer more surface area which increases the overall motor strength and sound reproduction. With a subwoofer of this magnitude it is important that it remain cool, the use of Turbine Cooled Transducer (TCT) technology keeps the woofer cool and running efficiently during long or short listening sessions, making sure the woofer is giving its best at all times.

Earthquake Sound SZ-12In car audio structure, features, and technologies are really important to the make and performance of a high-quality subwoofer, but just as important is ease of use. Nothing can be more frustrating that having to mess around with the installation of your woofer. Earthquake Sound has spare no expense in making sure that their SZ-12 Subzero subwoofer is not just great performing but also that it is easy to use and offers versatility to the user. For this reason they have incorporated a Parallel Series Parallel (PSP) terminal block. The PSP gives the subwoofer unsurpassed and match versatility by allowing it to be run in a 2, 4, or 8 ohm configuration by simply switching a fuse and reconfiguring the speaker cables. These quick and simple steps make the PSP terminals the most ergonomic terminals you will ever find on any other subwoofer. The Subzero Earthquake Sound subwoofer is innovative, reliable, and will produce some of the best bass around, with its many features this subwoofer is sure way to get notice in your car audio circles.


How to Choose the Speakers Best for You

It can be overwhelming shopping for a speaker that is best for your vehicle. Every speaker is different and it is important that you find a great sound that YOU can really enjoy.

  1. Eliminate Speakers that are Out of Budget
  2. Look for Speakers Made with the Materials You Need
  3. Deciding Between Component and Coaxial Speakers

Establish a Budget

When looking for a speaker it is important to eliminate options that are out of your budget. Set a maximum amount of money you would like to spend, and search for speakers priced near your budget. If you are on a tight budget, that’s OK! It isn’t too hard to find a great speaker at a low price when you know what to look for.

Speaker Material

There are many different materials that can be used to compose a good speaker, but thankfully it isn’t too tricky to understand how the materials will affect the sound. If you listen to smooth music such as jazz or swing for example, a Silk or Cloth material will probably be best for portraying accurate and smooth open-aired sounding music. If screaming vocals and guitar solos are more your thing, a Titanium or Polycarbonate composition will sound much brighter so you can really bring out those higher notes.

Brighter Materials: Softer Materials:
• Aluminum
• Polycarbonate
• Titanium
• Cloth
• Paper
• Polyester
• Silk
• Textile

Choose your Speaker Type

Your vehicle will come with either factory component or in most cases coaxial speakers. Coaxial speakers have built-in tweeters and are very convenient for mounting in limited spaces. They are designed to drop into a variety of applications with little time and effort. For more control of your imaging and volume, component speakers are a great option. You can mount the separate tweeter wherever you’d like such as the front pillars or on the surface of your dashboard. Your decision should be based on your mounting options in your vehicle and how much control you want over your sound.

There are many things to consider when looking around for a new set of speakers, but with the process of elimination and some knowledge of your car you can be installing and listening to your music in no time at all.


Upgrade the Audio in your 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer

Upgrade the Audio 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer

The Mitsubishi Lancer ranks in at number 2 of the most popular cars for today’s youth. With an affordable price, a racing pedigree, and a new cutting-edge look, it is easy to see why this car is among the best selling vehicles for Generation Y. One of the best things about the Mitsubishi Lancer is the look and the handling. Being the little brother to the Mitsubishi EVO, the Lancer has inherited an excellent sense of handling around corners. In this blog, we discuss some of the more popular audio upgrades that can be installed in the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer.

Upgrade the Stereo

The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer comes standard with a factory Double Din Radio. If you decided to upgrade to the premium audio package, then it will have a double DIN Rockford Fosgate stereo. When compared to other factory stereos, this is a great OEM radio. However, it does leave much to be desired for those that are looking for high-end audio or audiophile sound. To replace your factory stereo with an aftermarket one, use one of the following dash kits and wiring harnesses.

Manufacturer Dash Kit   Standard Wiring Harness   Premium Wiring Harness
Metra Electronics    Metra 99-7011         Metra 70-7005         Axxess MITO-02
Scosche  Scosche MI3019B         Scosche MI04B

Both of the dash kit listed above will allow for the installation of a single or double DIN stereo. With freedom to choose a single or double DIN, Mitsubishi owners are free to choose just about any Car Stereo they like. Also, any facotry Rockford Fosgate system will require the Axxess MITO-02 harness.

Upgrade your Speakers

While those stock Mitsubishi or Rockford Fosgate speakers might sound good, installing some aftermarket speakers will make your Mitsubishi Lancer sound great! The following speaker information from the Metra Online Vehicle Fitment Guide can be used to find the right pair of speakers for your Mitsubishi.

Location Size Depth
Front Speakers    6-1/2″    3″
Front Tweeters      1″    1″
Rear Speakers    6-1/2″    3″
Subwoofer     10″  4-3/4″

Speakers and subwoofers that fit the Mitsubishi Lancer:

Retain your Steering Wheel Controls

Upgrading the audio system does not mean losing any features. That means that the steering wheel controls will need to be retained and connected to the new stereo. Axxess has made it easy with an automatically programming interface. Use the Axxess ASWC to keep the convenience of these steering wheel controls and enable them to work with your new stereo.

Note: The Metra VFG was used to determine the vehicle speaker sizes in this blog. Due to different trims on cars, i recommend calling a Sonic Electronix rep to confirm that the speakers sizes and DIN sizes are compatible with your trim.