Browsing Archive October, 2012

Put an iPad Mini In Your Dash!

 

Apple recently announced the iPad Mini and of course everyone has to have one now.  I prefer to call it an iPod Jumbo but that’s besides the point.  If you follow our Youtube channel, then you probably saw our Nexus 7 tablet install in a Dodge Ram.  This is a similar idea to this installation but the iPad mini allows you to do a few things differently. The iPad Mini is almost exactly the same size as a double DIN stereo so putting in almost any car is a possibility.

One thing that is different with an iPad in-dash install is that you can now connect to overhead and headrest monitors easier by the use of Apple’s lightning connector-to-HDMI adapter.  This makes the conversion very simple and the installation all the more efficient.  Obviously, the installation will be different in every vehicle and as a result will require custom installation.  The iPad mini can serve as a great navigation unit not to mention all of the endless apps that can assist you while you’re crusin’ down the road.  If you get really creative, then you can add other inputs like a possible back-up camera.  If you’re lucky enough to live near our installation bay in Santa Clarita, California, then we can fabricate a custom bezel for your dash to accommodate your vehicle. Even if you’re not close to us, this will be a very popular aftermarket mod that a lot of shops will be more than willing to accomplish for you.  We will be doing an installation video for the iPad Mini just as we did with the Nexus 7 so be on the look-out!

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Sonic is Making it Rane!

Sonic Electronix has teamed up with Rane Pro Audio, and there are a ton of great new mixers that are going to be added to the catalog very soon that any DJ or musician would truly enjoy getting their hands on. Rane’s main marketplaces are DJ (performance, club, mobile & recording) and Commercial (room-combining, paging and associated systems) featuring advanced analog and digital audio gear for each category.  Their corporation is based in Mukilteo, WA, and all of their products are designed and manufactured entirely in the United States with worldwide product delivery. The company name was designated from an anagram generated from the joint letters of the first and last names of the founders.

Rane

Rane

Rane started out with four products targeted at small bands, intended to improve their live performances. At the lead was a distinctive 12-input, 6-output matrix mixer (MM 12) used to produce six different monitor mixes for driving stage monitor speakers. The notion was to help performers hear themselves better while performing. Till that time, small bands had no monitors at all, or they were all driven by the same mix.

What Rane delivered was new, efficiently designed, reasonably priced gears to aid solving the many problems of on-stage checking. Supplementing the matrix mixer was the industry’s first 6-channel power amplifier (MA 6), and a companion 6-channel headphone amplifier for practice (HC 6). The fourth primary product was an exclusive combo unit, comprising of a 1/3-octave graphic equalizer and a simple realtime analyzer (RE 27), intended to give the performing musician an easy-to-use device for refining their sound in all locations.

Dolphin Safe

Dolphin Safe

Rane also takes much pride in their product packaging, and have illustrated that they are dolphin safe. At Sonic, we are very excited about working with Rane and sharing all of it’s great products with you. Make sure to check out all of the new Rane products we have here at Sonic Electronix.

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The Next Era of Televisions: Ultra HD

The Next Generation

It seems like every year there’s always something new that people buzz about.  In regards to televisions, new technologies are always on the rise.  Just look at the past decade: We’ve gone from tube TV’s to the emergence of projector TV’s and then finally flat screen TV’s such as Plasma, LCD, and the newer LED.  Not to mention the now-standard HDMI which has drastically increased picture quality.  It was just a matter of time before the next big thing hit the market and it’s going to make television displays all the better.

Samsung-ultra-HDTVCEA (Consumer Electronics Association) has announced the next generation of home displays.  Naming them Ultra HD (also known as 4k resolution), these new displays will have more than eight million pixels of resolution which is more than 4 times the amount in current HDTVs.  What does this mean for the consumer? It means that you’re going to look at your television screen and mistake it for an actual window.  That’s how fantastic these things are going to look and that’s how revolutionary this new technology is going to be. CEA has designated these displays to have an aspect ratio of at least 16×9 and a digital input cable of handling 4k video instead of up-converting.

The first companies to unveil these spectacular displays are LG and Sony which will both release an 84-inch set this fall.  However, as with every new technological gadget, it’s going to have a pretty steep price tag of $20,000 for the LG 84LM9600 and $25,000 for the Sony XBR-84X900.  If you can afford it by all means, go for it you won’t be disappointed.  For the rest of us, we might have to wait a few years until the price will drop and become more common on the market place.  CEA has guaranteed that the Ultra HD technology will be a highlight of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas January 8-11.

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Pioneer Compatibility for iOS6 and iPhone 5

As their name would suggest, Pioneer Electronics is among the first manufacturers to release complete compatibility details for both the iPhone 5, as well as iPhone 4/4S devices running the newest iOS6 operating system. Check out the full compatibility charts below to ensure that your new Pioneer stereo will work with the latest and greatest tech gear. Click any of the images to see an expanded view of the chart.

iPhone 5 w/ Lightning-to-USB Cable
iPhone 5 with Lightning to 30-pin AdapteriPhone 4/4S with iOS6

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