Browsing Archive September, 2011
If you’ve ever installed an amplifier in your car, you know how messy and how much work it can be to run multiple sets of speaker wire through your vehicle. 9 Conductor Speed Wire can make this process much easier; this speed wire contains 9 individually jacketed wires enclosed inside a protective outer PVC jacket and contains enough wire strands for 4 speakers and an amplifier turn-on wire. 9 Conductor speed wire comes in 18 & 22 gauge and uses the same color-coding system standard in most aftermarket products, which makes matching up wires to the correct speaker very easy. This wire really comes in handy in situations where you need four sets of speaker leads, like bypassing an old factory amplifier or adding a 4-channel amplifier to a radio without preamp outputs. Installing this wire is simple, trim the outer jacket as much as needed, connect the wires to your receivers speaker outputs, then run the cable to your amplifier and or speakers. Here at Sonic Electronix, we carry 9 conductor speed wire from top car audio manufacturers like EFX, Kicker, and Xscorpion and comes in various lengths ranging from 20-foot pre-cut pieces to 250-foot spools.
One of the top models we carry is the Xscorpion MC918.100, this 9 Conductor Expert Link Speed Cable is an 18 AWG 100-foot spool with a 22 x .20mm strand count. This wire is constructed with oxygen free copper that prevents oxidation and transfers the cleanest audio signal possible. The flexible, protective jacket has a blue color finish and adds to convenience to the installation. As with all Xscorpion cable & wire, it meets the American Wire Gauge (AWG) standards, which means it is true-to-gauge for ultimate performance.
Using 9 Conductor Speed Wire will make your installation go quickly and smoothly while giving your car audio sound system a very professional look. Eliminate the mess of running multiple speaker wires and enhance your system with 9 Conductor Speed Wire.
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Last week we kicked-off our list of top five in-ear headphones and got off to a great start. This week we continue with some very prestigious companies like Grado, AKG, and the infamous Monster Cable who are widely known for their over-the head Beats by Dr. Dre. This is our conclusion from last week’s blog so make sure to read the first part to get the full effect of this list. You can read the part 1 of 2 by following this link: Sonic Electronix’s Top 5 In-Ear Headphones Part 1 of 2. To all our Facebook fans feel free to leave us some comments on what you think of our list, something we might have left out? Or what your list would have looked like.
The Grado iGi in-ear headphones use a proprietary bandwidth dynamic design that provides a very warm and precise sound that is unrivaled by any other ear-bud in its price range. The small medical-grade silicone earphone tips allow for a tight and comfortable fit that nestles within the ear canal. This tight fit produces superior noise isolation and improved bass reproduction. These Grado ear-buds offer a full-bodied range of vocals to really bring out the best in your music listening no matter what genre of music you are listening to. The Grado iGi also feature a raised Dot side indication so you will never have to confuse the right from the left and to make sure you are using your headphones properly and to their full potential.
AKG is known for manufacturing some of the best pro audio and personal audio listening devices. These AKG Q350-Black special edition Quincy Jones Signature Line in-ear headphones provide that quality that comes with the name AKG. The closed-back dynamic design reproduces deep and rich bass that is not found in your standard pair of headphones. The sound reproduction is clean, crisp with amazing highs, mids, and lows. These headphones really and truly do offer a full range of sound that gives a complete listening experience every single time with just about any genre of music. Their ultra light-weight design ear-buds offer extreme comfort for long listening sessions a long with high-quality noise-isolation for increase quality and performance. The in-line microphone provides complete music control while on your iPhone. AKG provides three different size silicone sleeves to get the most perfect fit that better suits your ear-canal. There really is not much to say about these in-ear headphones when someone like Quincy Jones puts his name on a brand like AKG the name really does speak for its self.
Monster Cable iBeats-BLACK
Last but not least are the infamous Monster Cable iBeats-Black by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones. These ear-buds offer the iconic Beats style and bass producing sound in a more compact design than its predecessor. The sealed in-ear construction and multiple design offer unsurpassed external noise blocking and improved bass and sound reproduction to truly enhance your listening experience. The single-billet machine-precision metal housing reduces vibrations to decrease interference and provide the best possible sound without interruption or cord brushing static. A hard chrome earphone finish provides rugged durability making them perfect for travel or when on the go. A built-in Control Talk Mic allows for hands-free calling and online chatting, and also offers track seeking capabilities without the need to touch your listening device. The iBeats are specially designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod but will provide deep bass, enhanced highs, and clear mids on any listening device. With a company like Monster Cable and a name like Dr. Dre you know that you are getting some of the best stuff on the market.
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When playing music in your car, if you are not using a CD you are probably connecting an iPod, flash drive, or other storage device with either a USB or a 3.5mm auxiliary connection. One of these connections is digital, while the other one is analog which can result in a differences in sound and how the device interacts with your stereo. Each of the two connections can serve different purposes, and both are equally important.
Difference In Quality
At the end of the day, USB will always make for a better quality connection than an auxiliary input will for the sole fact that it is digital. When you play music off your iPod into an aux input, it is amplified by the iPod’s internal amplifier, fed into the input, and then amplified once again by the head-unit. When you use a USB connection, the stereo will read the music off the iPod and process and amplify it without the support of the internal amp that iPods use.
Benefits of Auxiliary Connections
Auxiliary inputs are considered universal amongst the electronics industry and there are thousands of portable media devices and MP3 players that have a small 3.5mm connection for plugging your headphones into. Auxiliary is very convenient for having full control over your audio directly off the MP3 player as opposed to using the stereos controls.
Benefits of USB Connections
USB offers the ability to digitally read music off a flash drive, iPod, cell phone, or other devices that store music. USB has the ability to charge the device while simultaneously playing music. Since the transfer of music is digital, many car stereos on the market are able to control Apple devices directly from the head-unit itself. USB also eliminates a lot of distortion and clipping that commonly occurs through an auxiliary connection. Typical devices that are more commonly connected to a stereo by USB include the iPod, iPhone, Zune, Flash Drives, and Android.
The difference in quality between USB and Auxiliary is subtle, but it is noticeable. Use whichever method you prefer and is most convenient to you. There is no wrong way to connect your portable device, just so long as you have music coming out of your speakers! Let us know what you think of this article by commenting below in our Facebook comment box.
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Most high end car audio sound systems are equipped with two amplifiers, one for the subwoofer and one for the speakers. Installing both of those amplifiers into your vehicle can be timely and costly if you are using two separate amplifier installation kits. Make it easier for yourself and invest in a dual amp wiring kit. A dual amplifier installation wiring kit allows you to run one wire to the battery instead of multiple wires to the battery, which in turn saves on installation time and cost of all that unnecessary extra wire. Once the single power wire is ran to the battery, a distribution block splits the power into two wires, one for each amp. Most dual amp kits include one long piece of power/ground cable to run to the battery, and one shorter piece that connects to the distribution block to the installed amplifiers. Below I will provide information on two great dual amp kits that will make installing two amplifiers much easier on you.
Tsunami AMP1040D Amp Kit
The Tsunami AMP1040D is a 1/0 AWG & 4 AWG Dual Amplifier Installation Wiring Kit that is designed for high powered sound systems up to 4200 watts. This multi-amp kit includes 17 feet of 1/0 AWG blue power cable, 6 feet of 4 AWG power cable, 3 feet of 1/0 AWG ground cable, and 6 feet of 4 AWG ground cable. The above mentioned cable is true-to-gauge and made from 100% oxygen-free copper for a pure uninterrupted transfer of power. This kit also includes a 1/0 AWG in-line ANL fuse holder equipped with a 350 Amp ANL fuse, nickel-plated distribution block, and all the accessories required for the installation of two amplifiers like spade terminals, grommets, spare fuses, butt connectors, and more.
Kicker PKD1 Amp Kit
Kicker’s PKD1 Dual 1/0 AWG Power Amplifier Wiring Kit includes 20 feet of 1/0 AWG power cable, 5 feet of 4 AWG power cable, 3 feet of 1/0 AWG ground cable, and 5 feet of 4 AWG ground cable. The PKD1 kit is designed specifically for car audio systems up to 3000 watts and includes Kicker’s hyper-flex wire for incredible flexibility and power transfer. Kicker has equipped the cables in this kit with their Direct Connect Engineering, meaning the cables have ring terminals already installed on the ends for simple installation. This kit also includes an ANL fuse holder with a 300 Amp ANL fuse, 2 distribution blocks, and all the necessary accessories for the installation of two amplifiers.
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The Volkswagen GLI ranks in at number 7 of the most popular cars for Generation Y. With it’s European style, Sporty feel, and aggressive handling, it is easy to see why this car is among the best selling vehicles for Generation Y. One of the best things about the GLI is the ability to create a breathtaking aftermarket audio system. In this blog, we discuss some of the more popular audio upgrades that can be installed in the 2010 Volkswagen GLI.
Upgrade the Stereo
The 2010 Volkswagen GLI comes standard with a factory Double DIN Radio. To replace your factory stereo with an aftermarket one, use one of the following dash kits and wiring harnesses.
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, GLI owners are free to choose just about any Car Stereo they like.
Don’t forget the Antenna Adapter! Use the Metra 40-EU55 or the Scosche VWA4B to connect your new stereo to your factory radio antenna.
Upgrade your Speakers
While those stock Volkwagen or Dynaudio speakers might sound good, installing some aftermarket speakers will make your GLI 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 Volkswagen.
Speakers and subwoofers that fit the Ford Focus:
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.
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