Browsing Archive January, 2012

Last Week At The Winter 2012 NAMM Show…

Sonic Electronix was at the NAMM show, and here’s just a bit of what we saw:

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Special 50th anniversary edition with stunning traditional urushi lacquer finish, hand-painted Japanese maple leaves, etched-on serial number, and carefully crafted wooden carrying case

 

 

Did you hear that guy say that those microphones were hand-painted with a mouse hair brush? How awesome is that?! Anyway, even beyond its aesthetic appeal, it’s quite an impressive microphone. It’s got a dual-diaphragm capsule, three switchable polar patterns and transformerless circuitry that almost completely eliminates low-frequency distortion.

 

 

 

 

 

ATH-M50s/LE : LIMITED EDITION Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with straight cable)

Special 50th anniversary edition in silver-colored metallic finish

 

This pair of headphones, while not hand-painted with a mouse hair brush, is another pretty sweet offering from Audio-Technica for their 50th anniversary. They’re collapsible and include a carrying pouch for easy transportation, they boast a frequency response of 15 – 28,000 Hz (8,000 Hz above the range of human hearing – perfect if Fido wants to listen to his favorite doggie tunes on his next walk) and proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnets. Worth every penny, if you ask me.

 

Keep an eye out for more Audio-Technica gear coming soon to your favorite audio gear e-tailer, Sonic Electronix!

This next video is of the amazing Reactable – an electronic instrument that uses numerous sound generation and manipulation modules to create music in a way that, as far as I know, is completely unique:

As stated in the video description, for those of us who don’t have the luxury to decide between buying a brand new car or buying an awesome new instrument such as The Reactable, there’s a delightful alternative: a Reactable app that’s available on both the Apple App Store and the Android Market. Check out http://www.reactable.com for more information.

Also, be sure to check out SonicTV on YouTube for more informative and fascinating videos of products to come!

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MTX Audio TD & TH Amplifiers at CES 2012

MTX Audio showcased two new lines of car amplifiers at the 2012 CES show in Las Vegas. These two new lines of amps provide a simple and clean amplifier solution for those looking to power their speakers or subwoofers.

MTX Audio TD Car Amplifiers

The TD series of amps are specifically designed to have big power output in a smaller chassis. By utilizing the latest in car amp technology, MTX was able to create a compact and efficient amplifier. They feature a black aluminum heatsink that spans across the top and sides of the amp case.

MTX Audio TH Car Amplifiers

The TH series of amplifiers are designed to exceed expectations. These new amps are feature packed and stunning looks. Each of the monoblock amplifiers are stable to a 1 ohm load, while the two channel and four channel are stable to 2 ohms. The monoblock amps also feature a clipping protection LED indicator that will inform the installer that the signal is clipping.
Look for more great technologies and products from MTX Audio this year. They also showcased some of the new MTX Audio Extreme gear (pro audio for the car) and some of the new Thunderforms that are completely manufactured in the United States.

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JVC Mobile Multimedia Receivers have gone App Crazy!

When Sonic Electronix visited the JVC Mobile booth at the 2012 CES show, it was easy to see that the main focus was apps. JVC is known for having some of the most innovative and cutting edge technologies in their car receivers, while retaining an affordable price. Once again, they have done it again by introducing the JVC KW-AV70BT. This all in one media receiver is the perfect in-dash multimedia receiver for those that have an iPhone.

Compatible Mobile Applications

The JVC multimedia receivers are compatible with a wide variety of mobile apps for the iPhone. The list as of January 2012 is MotionX-GPS Drive, MOG Internet Radio, WebReader, Cobra iRadar, INRIX Traffic, TuneIn Radio, DriveMate Rec, DriveMate SafetyCam, DriveMate Rec mini, DriveMate OnboardCam, DriveMate Time Trial, and SonicMax Pro. Some of the coolest apps are those that are related to GPS navigation. The MotionX-GPS enables the navigation system from your phone to display on the screen of the headunit. The Cobra iRadar app will display select traffic hazards, such as red light cameras. The DriveMate is a cool new app that uses a separate module to record movies and tracks while the car is in motion. INRIX traffic offers advanced traffic data for smooth navigation.

Other cool apps that are compatible with the KW-AV70BT include the Tunein Radio app and MOG Internet radio. Tunein radio is an internet based radio service that streams music from across the globe to your mobile phone. This conveniently puts the world’s music in your car. MOG internet radio is another music based app that gives the user a deep music library right at their fingertips.

JVC has traditionally been a leader in mobile technology and innovation. We can probably expect to see many other units in 2012 merge mobile phone apps with in-dash receivers.

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Block Your Driving Bad Habits with Scosche’s Newest Innovation

cellCONTROLDriving and texting are really two things that don’t go together. In this era of technology and information it can be hard to resist the urge to stay connected, even while driving 65 MPH on a crowded highway. If you’re guilty of over-checking your phone, or have a teen who you want to stop from texting and driving there is a new device by Scosche which will block your some of your phones features while driving.

CellCONTROL is designed by Scosche and will block select features while driving such as text messages, e-mail, internet, camera, and other applications. It still allows hands-free calling and music so you can keep enjoying your phones safer features.

In order to set up this system in your vehicle there are three steps required. You’ll need to register online with Scosche. After that, you just need to download their application on the phone and plug the dongle into your vehicle. The dongle plugs straight into the OBD-II interface on your vehicle. (If your vehicle is a 1996 model or later, you should have this port.) The dongle will sense when the vehicle is moving and will activate the software on the phone via Bluetooth. This will block the bad habit apps and features and keep the user much more focused and safe on the road.

The software is compatible with phones using Android 2.1 and above, all Blackbery 4.5 and above, all Windows Mobile 5 and 6, all Symbian S60 (3rd Edition) and select Brew and BREWMP systems. The mobile phone must have a data plan to use the software. The system is not compatible with the iPhone. Stop the urge to check your phone and keep yourself safer while on the road with Scosche’s cellCONTROL.

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Westone In-Ear Monitors

Westone

                                            Pioneers of In-Ears

Westone UM1 Team Edition (Orange)

Westone UM1 Team Edition (Orange)

Westone is without a doubt one of the leaders of the In-ear monitor industry.  Not only have they been manufacturing and designing for over 50 years, but they have helped revolutionize the way you listen to In-ear monitors.  Westone sets a high standard for In-Ear monitors and have numerous affiliations with hearing healthcare,  industrial, and military applications.  They have recently released their Westone 4R which boasts a Quad driver structure for optimum mids and highs and a clean, deep bass output.  They have even partnered up with the United States Air Force to design special noise isolating In-ear monitors. They are  endorsed by countless artists and an abundance of athletes that appreciate attention to detail.  It is an understatement to say they are qualified to meet your listening standards.

                                                Westone Techonlogy

Westone UM3X

Westone UM3X

Westone products feature exclusive technology based off of over 50 years of research and development.  Their True-fit technology assures maximum comfort and dynamic transfer of sound.  The balanced armature drivers are significantly more compact and electronically sensitive then traditional In-ear designs.  Having 2-way and 3-way multi-BA driver configurations allow the monitors to have an extended frequency response and a very rich, detail-oriented sound.  All Models include the EPIC (Earphone Precision Interface Cable) cable which is constructed for increased flexibility and durability.  Select models have the EPIC removable cable which allows the user to replace the cable if damaged without having to purchase an entirely new driver.  The Westone 4R has exclusive Acoustic Symmetry which matches the left and right driver to a precise +/- 2dB tolerance.  This increases the balance and accuracy of the two drivers and creates an acoustically pleasing sound-stage reproduction.  Almost all products are designed and manufactured in the USA by a staff of dedicated and passionate artisans and audio engineers.

We had a hands-on, exclusive look at the Westone 4R’s at CES 2012.  Watch below!

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