Browsing Archive August, 2012

Nexus 7 In-Dash Vs. Regular Decks

Part two of the Nexus 7 In-Dash has been released and Allyn at Sonic Electronix goes through a follow up on how the new dash is working out.

One of the things I wanted to focus on are the pros and cons to actually setting up a system such as this for yourself. At first glance, it definitely looks super awesome, and since the tablet itself can be removed from the system at anytime by the user, it’s a lot more convenient when traveling. Most important is the fact that you have all that awesome features that the Nexus 7 provides you right in your car dash. The tablet itself is very smooth during use with almost no delay, and the Google Maps navigation feature provided is one of the best for portable devices. The Nexus 7 already has so many amazing features that most of you know yourself, and having in your car is just totally awesome. Imagine the fact that you are capable of even checking your email on your dash stereo! And playing Angry Birds? (Which I highly recommend you do NOT do while driving, but cool when you are parked and waiting in your car for something or someone).

JVC KW-AV60As for the cons (because there’s always going to be some), the fact is that you lose the traditional features provided on regular decks. First and foremost you are not going to be able to have a CD/DVD player anymore (unless you have another component installed.) You lose AM/FM capabilities (yet you can make up for it by streaming it through the tablet), and you also won’t be able to install a backup camera screen into your dash unless you install it in another area of your vehicle. Most importantly, you cannot truly use just about any of the features on the tablet unless you have a 3G phone to tether it to the tablet. So if you are still a basic phone user, I wouldn’t really recommend this installation.

But all together, I personally really like this installation and Sonic Electronix’s creativity in providing different ideas and concepts as to what you can do with your car stereo system. Sonic Electronix offers custom installations like this for ALL vehicles, so feel free to call or email us to inquire about getting a Tablet installed in your car!

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Coming Soon: Alpine INE-Z928HD Navigation Receiver

The Game Changer

If you thought 7 inches was the maximum size a Double-Din car stereo screen could achieve, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise.  The folks at Alpine have been hard at work concocting a head unit that breaks all the rules.  The Alpine INE-Z928HD navigation receiver features an unheard of 8 inch screen and is filled to the brim with the latest technology.  This year at the international CES awards, this unit won an innovations design and engineering award and it is blatantly obvious as to why. Everything about this unit is smoothly intuitive and gives the user a seamless way to access any of the plentiful features that are present.

Noteworthy Features

 Alpine INE-Z928HD

Alpine INE-Z928HD

  • Pandora Internet Radio control for streaming and station creation from iPhone, Android, and even Blackberry smartphones
  • 3D WVGA navigation design with over 6 million points of interest and free TMC traffic monitoring
  • Built-in HD radio which is compatible with SiriusXM
  • Built-in Bluetooth for audio streaming, phonebook search, hands-free calling and call waiting
  • 9-Band Parametric equalizer with customization features such as speaker count, speaker location, and upholstery type
  • 3 Pairs of 4 volt pre-amp outputs
  • My favorites screen allows user to set up to 8 shortcuts

If you’re wondering how you fit an 8 inch double-din head unit in a space meant for up to 7 inches, then don’t worry because Alpine is way ahead of you.  They have developed Perfect fit packages which are specifically designed to accommodate the INE-Z928HD.  They are available in ten of the most popular vehicle platforms and have even designed a universal kit for custom installations if there is no specific kit for your car.  In addition, these kits will retain any factory steering wheel controls and come with a vehicle specific wiring harness.  We are very eager to get our hands on this unit and you should be too.

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How to Choose DJ Equipment Based On Your Skill Level

To put it simply, unless you’re independently well off, you should probably aim for some of the lower priced DJ gear.  Try to do a lot with a little, and see how far your motivation takes you.  If you find that your motivation has taken you to the boundaries of your gears’ capabilities, then you know it’s time to upgrade.  Frankly, I think that it tends to be overwhelming if you’re presented with too many features and options right off the bat, thus you’re liable to lose focus and/or interest.  Of course, not everyone is like that, so you just need to make that decision for yourself.  The rest of this article will be for people who, figuratively speaking, want to learn to crawl before they learn to run marathons.

Numark DJ 2 GoUnless you’re planning on bringing your own PA system and lights to the places you play, you’ll be fine to start off with a DJ controller, some software and some headphones.  First and foremost, when you do a net search for DJ controllers and you come up with a decent list, be sure to sort the list by price from lowest to highest so it’s easier to see what’s available in your price range (one of the greatest features of internet shopping, in my opinion).  One of the cheapest yet reputable DJ controllers I know of is the Numark DJ 2 Go.  Currently priced around $50-$70, the DJ 2 Go not only carries the well-known and respected Numark name, but also comes with Virtual DJ LE and is pre-mapped to work perfectly with the software.  It features two platters, a crossfader, pitch and level controls and sync buttons among a number of other beneficial things.
ION Discover-DJOr, if you want something a little different, you could consider the ION Discover DJ which is currently priced around $60-$80.  The Discover DJ controller has pitch and level controls like the DJ 2 Go, but also features bass and treble controls, platters that are double the size, and the Discover DJ offers you the ability to “scratch,” like you were using vinyl.  It comes with MixVibes CROSS LE software which is also pre-mapped to the controller.

 

The software you should choose is really a matter of preference, but again, don’t aim too high when you first start out lest you get overwhelmed and lose interest.  If learning all about your controller and software seems daunting, take it down a notch or two and work your way up.

Pioneer HDJ-1000K

The Pioneer HDJ-1000K is one of the most popular DJ headphones on the market

As far as headphones go, you really should get a pair that’s comfortable, closed-back, and that has a ¼” plug.  Ideally, you’ll also want to go for good-looking headphones (as DJing does have an element of image to it), and you’ll want ones with swiveling ear cups so you can monitor both the mix that the audience is hearing, and the next track you’re cueing up.  Beyond those essential components, the DJing world is vast and full of loads of different types of gear, all with their individual pros and cons.  Do your research, read reviews, even try the gear out (if you’re fortunate enough to have the opportunity), and your DJing career will expand and evolve in lots of exciting ways.

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Become a Grill Master!

Have you always wanted to be a grill master? Here at Sonic we love food and we love it so much that we now carry grills.  Just imagine cooking a big, juicy steak or shish kabob in your backyard while chilling with your bros or ladies.  Imagine being the life of the party by whipping up some baby back ribs with a plethora of side dishes that will entertain your guests to the max! Charcoal and gas grills are two of the most common grill types and are probably the only two types that you have ever used.  Summer is almost over but it’s not too late to get your grill on!

Charcoal Grills

Red Sedona CBT802WBRS

15" Portable Charcoal Grill

One of the older and more traditional methods of grilling is by using charcoal.  The benefit to using a charcoal grill is that you can achieve a higher thermal temperature which is ideal for slow cooking food such as steak or lamb.  Charcoal produces more smoke then a gas grill which can make for a more flavorful taste depending on your preference.  It will give you the crispier and darker texture when you use it right.  Charcoal grills are a lot more simplistic and will usually cost a lot less as well.  They are perfect for taking camping with family and friends or inebriated tailgating.

Gas Grills

Napoleon SE325PK

2-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill

Hank Hill approves of propane and propane accessories

If you’re more like Hank Hill then you’ll probably want to go with propane and propane accessories.  By that I mean Gas Grills, of course!  Gas Grills are much more convenient and allow you to cook food much faster.  They offer much more control and will cool down a whole lot quicker than charcoal grills.  Gas Grills offer customization options such as rotisserie attachments, sauce warmers, side tables, spice racks, storage drawers and side burners.  You could probably find one with speakers and ipod integration nowadays!  Go with a gas grill if your main goal is to just cook a nice meal after a long days work.

We even  have our own BBQs here at Sonic every now and again.  Maybe if you’re lucky we’ll cook you up something good!  Comment below with your favorite BBQ or grilled dish!

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Google Nexus 7 in the Dash of Dodge Ram

Sonic Electronix continues to test their creativity by experimenting with the Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Installed in a 2008 Dodge Ram, the actual concept itself can not only be looked at as something original, but also a less pricey option for those looking to start a project such a this while upgrade their car audio system. While similar installs have been done with Apple iPad tablets, this install shows that there is a less-expensive alternative to the iPad or a perfect solution for those that prefer the Android operating system.

The tablet is about the same size as a standard 7″ Double DIN receiver and can be removed while not in use, making the Nexus 7 perfectly usable inside and outside of the dash cradle.

Make sure you also check out Sonic Electronix YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/SonicElectronixTV for more awesome videos featuring some great products and resources.

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