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Ground Shaker Subwoofer Boxes

When installing a subwoofer in your vehicle, one of the most commonly overlooked aspects is the box being used for the application.  Not having an optimum enclosure for your subwoofer is like a Jedi not having a lightsaber: Sure, he’ll still be dangerous but he won’t be able to cut off any heads.  Ground Shaker is a brand that specializes in subwoofer enclosures and has a good reputation in doing so.  They make their boxes here in the good ol’ USA which is very rare nowadays. These are without a doubt the best enclosures Sonic has ever carried.

10" Single Sealed Compact Box

10" Single Sealed Compact Box

10" Triple Sealed 3-Dimensional Subwoofer Box

10" Triple Sealed 3-Dimensional Subwoofer Box

I’ve had the chance to examine about 40 of their sub boxes and let me just say that they do not disappoint.  The first thing I noticed is that they use very thick carpeting which results in a very clean look which is easy on the eyes.  A number of the boxes come in two-tone gray and black which is aesthetically pleasing. They make a wide assortment of enclosures ranging from ported, sealed, bandpass, vehicle specific, ect. which means you will have no problem finding one for your subwoofer and vehicle.  All of these boxes use high quality, thick MDF and come complete with durable speaker terminals.  They even have subwoofer specific enclosures for the JL Audio W7 which have Dual front baffles and a bracer inside the box.  Also, there are a wide variety for the Kicker L7 & L3 enclosures for all you Kicker junkies out there. They make their boxes in 8″, 10″, 12″, 13″,15″ so there is no excuse to not use one for your sub. Pick up one of these boxes and you won’t regret it!

Did I mention they are great for building office forts?

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Turtle Beach Ear Force XP500

Turtle Power! Well not exactly a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles product, but these Turtle Beach headphones could be defined in one word that the Ninja Turtles may agree on…COWABUNGA! For all the gamers out there, these programmable wireless surround sound headphones are what may be some of the best one’s out there. The Ear Force XP500 is a special version of the PX5 that’s designed specifically for the XBOX 360 and includes an XBA Bluetooth adapter for wireless XBOX Live chat.

Turtle Beach Ear Force XP500

Turtle Beach Ear Force XP500

Just like the PX5, the XP500 distributes the vital gaming audio capability with a programmable digital signal processor, Dolby Surround Sound, Bluetooth technology, and XBOX LIVE wireless chat, making it the most technologically innovative headset designed for the XBOX 360. Bluetooth technology allows users to chat wirelessly on XBOX LIVE and PSN, answer phone calls and stream music, while gaming in immersive 360 degree surround sound. The DSP allows gamers to boost and personalize the complete gaming audio experience with entirely customizable game, chat and mic signals. Custom presets stored in the Turtle Beach XP500 headset can be designated during particular parts of the game to highlight sounds like footsteps or reloads that may otherwise be tough to hear. It can even be programmed to mask your voice or to enrich the voices of online players, so you can hear them more clearly throughout extreme parts of the game.

Although augmented for Xbox 360 gaming, the Turtle Beach XP500 is also great for watching movies and listening to music, with its immaculate audio performance, large, deep, fabric cushions, soft headband, and twist cup designed for resting the headset on your shoulders. The Turtle Beach XP500 carry on the development of a new class of wireless gaming headset that assists as the critical “secret weapon” in the arsenal of serious gamers looking for supreme audio quality, sonic control and a competitive lead.

Make sure to check out this headset and all the other awesome gaming headsets and accessories we have available here at Sonic Electronix.

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Why You Should Shop At Sonic Electronix

 

The X-Factor

You might be asking, “Why would someone at Sonic Electronix write a blog about why you should shop at Sonic Electronix?”  Well, the first reason is simply because we are just that awesome (a somewhat biased opinion, but still). Secondly, we are aware that many people don’t just exactly what goes on behind the scenes here at Sonic.  As an internet retailer, a majority of our customers never even get to meet or have any interaction with our staff.  Although we do have a will call office in our California location, we ship worldwide and only a small fraction of our customers are able to come visit us.  However, we have an excellent call center that is open 7 days a week so we are always a phone call away. We are like a big car audio family and if you’ve seen our Facebook page or YouTube channel, then you’ll know that we’re full of personality and like to have fun while simultaneously helping you!

Our staff now consists of over 150 employees

I’ve worked for Sonic for 2 years now and so many things have changed since I started here.  One of the biggest changes is the addition of our full-service installation bay.  If you’re fortunate enough to live in southern Cali then you can drop by and get pretty much anything installed (amps, subs, stereos, video monitors, custom-made boxes, etc.).  If you’re out of reach, fear not! We have an absolutely fantastic tech support team that is able to answer any possible tech question you may have on your mind.  (Trust me when I say they’re good – they have even helped me install my remote start after my many failed attempts). One of the many benefits of being a Sonic customer – you get free tech support for life on every product you purchase from us.

Our two warehouse locations have a combined total of 100,000 square feet

We have warehouses in California and Kentucky which translates to very fast shipping times.  In addition, our warranty & returns process is among the best in the business, as we take pride in getting any issues resolved as quickly as possible.  We truly believe here that a little customer service goes a long way, and when you shop with us you’ll be a customer for life.  We show no sign of slowing down and we continue to grow and offer new products everyday.  We are truly passionate about what we do and whether you like it or not we are here to stay for a very long time.

Check out our about us video to get an even more in-depth look inside our culture!

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November ESP Photo Caption Contest

At Sonic Electronix we truly appreciate the support and loyalty of our customers, and we figured what better way to show you all a big “Thank You” then by hosting an awesome contest for the month of November. Sonic Electronix has teamed up with ESP Guitars and guitar hero George Lynch to put together some awesome prizes for this month’s contest, including a signed Kamikaze Electric Guitar by George Lynch himself! Watch this video now for a short message from Lynch and some details.

ESP Guitar Company was founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1975 and has since then established itself as a top manufacturer of electric guitars and basses. They sponsor some of the most renowned guitarists in the industry, such as George Lynch (Lynch Mob), James Hetfield (Metallica), and Jeff Hanneman (Slayer). Enter for a chance to win a swag bag with ESP shirts, a mug, and guitar care kit as well as a chance to win one of the two top prize guitars. One prize winner will receive the LTD EC-256 Six String Lemon Drop Eclipse Guitar. The EC-256 has a strong set-neck construction, flamed maple top, lemon drop finish, and great three-way toggle volume controls. The grand prize winner will receive an autographed George Lynch LTD Signature Series GL-200K Kamikaze Guitar.

The grand prize autographed George Lynch Kamikaze Guitar is a must have for George Lynch fans and hard rockers, this modern day metal classic features a contoured basswood body with sleek beveled edges and a Floyd Rose special bridge. George Lynch is an American hard rock guitarist and songwriter who is best known for his work with the bands Dokken, Lynch Mob, and Souls of We. Can you think of a funny caption for this photo? Then enter our contest!

ESP Photo Caption Contest

ESP Photo Caption Contest

So, now you must be yearning to know what exactly the contest is all about. Our Sonic Electronix Team has decided that it would be awesome to have a photo caption contest! Throughout the month of November, Sonic will have the unique photo shown above displayed on our Facebook Page for contestants to submit creative and funny captions. Once you submit your caption seek voters to support your entry, like your friends, and the highest voted captions will be eligible to win. For more information make sure to check out our Facebook Page and submit your funny and creative photo caption for the chance to win one of the awesome prizes available.

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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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