Browsing Archive March, 2013

How To Install A Car Stereo In 5 Easy Steps

Putting an aftermarket car stereo into your vehicle is a simple upgrade that not only enhances the sound quality of your music, but also adds many new features. For most vehicles, it’s not difficult to install a car stereo yourself, and it takes only a couple of hours if you do everything correctly. To start this installation you will need the following tools:

  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Panel Pry Tools
  • Wire Strippers
  • Crimping Tool
  • Butt Connectors (or crimp caps)

In addition to this list, you will need any additional tools that your vehicle may require. First and foremost, you need to disconnect the negative battery terminal to prevent damage to the vehicles electrical system during the installation. Second, remove the factory car receiver by following the instructions that are included with the installation accessories that we provide with your stereo purchase. Third, prepare the aftermarket stereo by properly mounting the unit in the dash-kit by following the instructions that are included. Next, use butt connectors to connect the stereo’s wiring harness to the vehicle wiring harness adapter. Fourth, install any additional accessories the aftermarket stereo came with such as a wired microphone, GPS antenna or a rear USB cable extension. The fifth step is to connect the aftermarket stereo assembly and wiring harness to the vehicle, securing the dash and replacing all panels that were removed during the process. Don’t forget to reconnect anything else that was disconnected such as air bags, 12V cigarette lighter sockets, and of course the negative battery terminal.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal
  2. Remove the factory receiver
  3. Mount stereo in dash-kit and connect wiring harnesses
  4. Install additional stereo accessories
  5. Connect the new stereo assembly and wiring harness to vehicle

That’s all there is to it, 5 fairly easy steps and you’ll be enjoy all of the features of your new car stereo. Replacing your factory receiver is a great way to add quality and functionality to your vehicle’s sound system. There are many brands, styles, and features available, so be sure to shop around to find a stereo that best suits your needs. Our online vehicle fitment guide will let you know what accessories you need for your specific vehicle and these accessories will be included free with your car stereo purchase. If you have any questions or need help picking the right stereo, give us a call at 1-877-289-7664 and one of our knowledgeable sales representatives will help guide you and answer any questions you may have. Treat yourself to a new car stereo this season and we’ll gladly help you find the right one for you. Check us out at SonicElectronix.com.

 

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Metra’s new T-Spec Line of Amp Kits and Amplifier Installation Accessories

Metra’s new line T-Spec was designed with the express goal to bring innovation and value to a complete line of revolutionary new car audio accessories. T-Spec products feature high levels of engineering with the installer in mind while using only the finest materials available.

Power and Ground Wire:

V12 Series Full OFC Power/Ground Wire

Now, we all know that the performance of your car audio system is only as good as its weakest link. Many wire companies today will have you believe that a cheap cable will save you money and get the job done. But the truth is that below-specification cables will rob current from your amplifier reducing power output by as much as 50% and they also can run very hot. T-Spec power and ground wire meet or exceed CEA and ANSI standards.

 

 

RCA Cables:

T-Spec V12 Series RCA

High levels of noise rejection in an RCA cable is something you always want. T-Specs utilizes meticulous build quality using only the finest materials available. This provides maximum performance in all price ranges and all T-Spec RCA cables feature a proprietary ultra-flexible PVC jacket that is so durable it is BC-5W2 marine compliant as are their speaker, power and ground wire.

 

 

Compact Brass:

Fusing an aftermarket car stereo system provides protection for your car and your car stereo. T-Specs fusing systems are top-notch. The new T-Spec compact accessories are constructed from solid brass featuring an Industry first proprietary black coating. Their smaller size means a smaller footprint, maximizing available space. This combination of top quality materials and purposeful design provides an incredibly reliable and simple to install product that will last for a long time.

 

 

The combinations of all these features provide maximum performance in all price ranges. Their new product line features 4 levels of value, performance and has you covered for all your car audio needs.

 

Level and Wire Features:

The V12 Series is T-Spec’s top of the line level. They spared no expense in developing the V12 series. It features full spec virgin oxygen-free copper (OFC) wire that exceeds CEA and ANSI specification for wire gauge and has high strand count for maximum flexibility. V12 above-spec wire is an industry-first providing greater current capability for your stereos sensitive electronics.

If you’re looking for a high-end product without the high price, the V10 Series is perfect for you. It also features full spec virgin oxygen-free copper (OFC) wire that meets CEA and ANSI specification for wire gauge and a high strand count for maximum flexibility.

 

The V8 Series is the best mix of value and performance. It’s power and ground wire is also full spec virgin oxygen-free copper (OFC) that has a high strand count for maximum flexibility.

 

Last but not least is the V6 Series. The V6 series power and ground wire is a copper-clad aluminum (CCA) and utilizes a high strand count for maximum flexibility. V6 has a lower price with little compromise.

 

 

Packaging :

Such a high-end line of car audio products deserves packaging that is just as cool. T-Spec’s full line looks amazing on the shelf with icon-based level differentiators, boxes with UV coatings and custom windows. The bulk and V6 series come in nicely detailed resealable retail polybag that looks great next to the higher level boxes. All together, it’s a very impressive system.

T-Spec has everything for your car audio needs and budget; from amp kits, bulk wire, RCAs, fuse holders and everything in between. With their convenient and simple level rating system, you know what you’re going to get. So head over to sonicelectronix.com and get your T-Spec car audio installation accessories today.

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MB Quart ONYX Series Coaxial and Component Car Speakers

The MB Quart ONYX series speakers are designed to replace your factory door speakers and provide an all new quality that will liven up your listening experience. If music is important to you and you find yourself driving around frequently, then consider upgrading to the ONYX series.

Built with a polypropylene cone material, the woofers offer precise bass with warm tone for a natural sound the way the artist intended. Each speaker has either a separate or built-in 1” tweeter made from Silk. These tweeters are Dome shaped and optimized to blend evenly into the mid-woofer for an even sound spectrum. All ONYX speakers include butyl rubber surrounds that assist with the linear movement of the speaker cones. The high-temperature voice coils and magnet structures are perfect for those seeking to power them with the receiver, or even an aftermarket amplifier. Spade style terminals let you quickly attach the speaker wire before installation and will hold for years to come. The coaxial models are the OKC116, OKC168 and the OKC169 and include all of these features.

The component ONYX series: the OSC213 and the OSC216 both included 1” external tweeters that can be flush mounted into door pods for a better sound stage. External crossover networks are built with high quality parts to maintain an even blend of mid-range tone and high-frequency presence. Both component speakers include protective speaker grilles, and so does the 6-1/2” coaxial OKC116 mentioned earlier. With powering handling varying between 40 and 50 watts RMS per model, these speakers are perfect upgrades for the music lover looking for a little extra kick in their car or truck.

The ONYX speakers all feature wide frequency responses, shallow mounting depths and high sensitivity ratings, which makes them ideal for the do-it-yourselfer who simply wants some good sounding speakers. So, if you’re looking for a great sounding speaker and don’t necessarily want to add any amplifiers (or even if you do), check out the ONYX series component and coaxial speakers at the one and only SonicElectronix.com.

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Philips Crystal Vision and Extreme Vision Replacement Headlights

Philips X-Treme & Crystal Vision Ultra Replacement Halogen Headlights

So you think you’re pretty fly with your OEM headlights do ya? I’ve got some news for you pal, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. What if I told you that you could have street legal bulbs that were 100% brighter than your factory bulbs? Sounds pretty awesome right? Sounds like it might take a lot of work right? Wrong. Unlike HID’s, there’s no ballasts or anything like that to mount and install. Philips Xtreme Vision and CrystalVision Ultra halogen headlights are as simple as removing the old bulb and popping your sweet new and improved bulbs in. Not only are they way more awesome and brighter than your old bulbs, they look sick even when they’re not on as well.

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So why Philips? Why not some other brand? Well, did you know that about 60% of the OEM bulbs on the market are already made by Philips? You don’t get that kind of privilege by being lame.

So what are the different bulbs we carry?

First up is the X-Treme Vision series.

Available in the main bub sizes: 9003, 9006, 9007, 9008/H13 and H7, these bulbs are up to 100% brighter than any other halogen on the market and are completely Department of Transportation (DOT) approved. These bad boys not only illuminate the the road farther, better and brighter; they also have a far longer lifetime than competitors and standard OEM bulbs.

Next is the CrystalVision Ultra series.

While not quite as bright as the X-Treme Vision series, they’re still 80% brighter than your typical bulb. What sets them apart is that they are at 4000K which makes them the whitest and closest to natural daylight out of any halogen bulb. This means that your eyes will be more alert and will greatly reduce vision fatigue. CrystalVision Ultra are also available in most lamp sizes; 9003, 9004, 9005, 9006, 9007, 9008/H13, H1, H3, H7, H11, 9140, 9145/H10, 9055/H12, 880, 893, H4651, H4656, H4666, H6024 and H6054 all of which are DOT approved.

We also carry factory replacement HID headlights for certain vehicles which are 25% brighter than your usual HID light. Be sure to check the fit guide to see if your car is a match.

And if all this wasn’t a reason to get yourself some Philips lights there’s also the fact that Philips lights are environmentally friendly. They remove the more toxic and polluting materials from their products such as lead, cadmium and mercury AND they manufacturer their products in the most efficient and environmentally ways possible.

So you’ve got brighter, more durable and safer lights PLUS the most eco-friendly lights as well. What are you waiting for!? GET SOME!

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Hands-Free Bluetooth Installation Made Easy with Axxeses Plug-and-play Harnesses

“Hello!? Where are you? You sound like you’re in a wind tunnel (note sarcasm)…” Have you ever heard this from a friend, customer or colleague while using your standalone Bluetooth device in your car? Yes? Thought so…

Most universal standalone hands-free Bluetooth devices for your car can be cumbersome and do not sound very good to the user, or to the person on the other end of the phone. Of course there are exceptions to this, but integrated add-on Bluetooth car kits for your factory stereo are definitely the way to go. They usually include independent microphones and displays. Both of which are very beneficial. But, a down side could be the need of professional installation. This can be a little intimidating for the average weekend warrior/installer. Now, there are plug-and-play harnesses to make their installation simpler.

Specifically Axxesses new line of vehicle specific harnesses.

Vehicle Specific Harnesses for Bluetooth Devices:

Axxess Vehicle specific harness for select Parrot, Novero and Motorola Bluetooth car kits

Axxess engineered this line of T-harnesses for most vehicles. They provide a direct plug-and-play between your vehicles stereo harness, and select Parrot, Novero and Motorola Bluetooth interfaces.

They are literally that simple. They take the guessing game out of which wire goes where for you or your installer.

 

 

Bluetooth Car Kits:

Motorola TK30

Parrot, Motorola, and Novero make a full range of compatible kits to suit everyone’s needs. From the budget conscience Motorola TK30, with an LCD screen and voice recognition, to the great Novero TrulyOne.

 

The Novero TrulyOne features a convenient display that allows users to visually track options, take full advantage of all of your phone’s features, including voice options and phone book sync. It also providesr multipoint connectivity allowing for connection for up to two Bluetooth compatible devices. The TrulyOne is a stylish and modern application. By the way, both of these kits stream music wirelessly, as do most of them.

 

So, if you are looking for a Bluetooth device for your vehicle, but are worried that there will be too much involved in having it installed, it can be easy as just plugging it in. Well, maybe a little more but you get the idea. Here at Sonic Electronix we have bundled these two items together at a discount to make your lives easier, and to save you some money! So check them out! If you need assistance selecting the correct harness for your application you can give our knowledgeable Customer Commitment team a call or buy them directly at sonicelectronix.com.

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