Browsing Archive May, 2013

Show Off Your Car with Carshow Headrests

Are you a cool person with a cool car? Do you want to be a cool person with a cool car? Well now you can! With the all new Carshow factory matched headrest monitors you can let everyone on the block know that their rear seat entertainment system is inferior and really turn some heads.

So what makes the Carshow systems so much better? First and foremost, it’s the quality. The fine folks over at Carshow spent some serious time painstakingly researching the exact color match from car manufacturers to make sure your system looks like it came installed from the factory. While most headrest manufacturers only make a few colors, back, grays and tan, Carshow has EVERY color and they even use the same stitching patterns that are in your vehicle. How’s that for quality and care?

Seriously, it just doesn't make any sense...

So now here’s the thing, let’s say you have a couple kids who can’t ever agree on what they want to watch. One wants to watch My Little Pony, the other wants to watch Justice League so what do you do? Compromise with Spongebob? Na, let them watch their own show. With the Carshow monitors, you can either share the same media or you can watch two separate things on each monitor. One could even listen to music while the other watches a movie. How cool is that?

Carshow understands that not everyone needs the same thing so they made 4 different models for you to choose from. They have a Dual Monitor Only system which do NOT have a built-in DVD player, a Single DVD player system, a Dual DVD player system and a Single DVD player system with an iPod/iPhone docking station. It’ll even interface with your Android Smartphone through the USB port. Boo-ya.

You could go spend your money on an inferior product that won’t perfectly match your interior and is going to lead to battles of epic proportions between who gets to watch what…

OR…

You can treat yourself to something nice that you know is going to last and look great while providing more features than you can shake a stick at. Go ahead and try to shake a stick at all the cool things it does.

At the end of the day you have to ask yourself’ “Do I want to be a cool person with a cool car with exquisite taste who only wants the best for their car, or am I going to settle for less?”

We think we know which one you’ll chose.


 

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Composite vs. Component

You ask yourself, what’s the difference? It’s simple. The easiest way to tell between a composite and a component cable is the tails. Composite RCA cables have three tails; red, white, and yellow, while component RCA cables only have two; red and white. The color coded tails distinguish the proper input or output jack on your electronics to properly distribute audio and video.

RGB (red, green, blue) Three cables, each with RCA plugs at both ends are used to carry YPBPR analog component video

Component video is split into two or more component channels. Color coded with green, blue, and red, each with RCA plugs at the end to correspond to the female jacks on your video equipment. This specific cable breaks the signal up into three spectrums, hence the three tails, to deliver more vibrant color than a composite video cable would over a single wire. Like composite, component-video cables don’t carry audio and are usually paired with additional audio cables.

RCA Plugs for composite video (yellow) and stereo audio (white and red)

Composite video on the other hand is a single channel analog video transmission which transfers standard definition video at a lower resolution. The color coding on a composite RCA cable is yellow for video, red for the right channel and usually white or black for the left channel for audio. Most electronics have these audio and video jacks on the backside, but also one usually in the front for easy access to use for video game consoles, cameras, etc.

The Gold Tip Myth?

It’s always been said gold is more superior to silver. While gold is non-corrosive and more flexible, it doesn’t conduct sound any better. The only reason silver tips would be an advantage is if the cables are often unplugged and plugged. Due to the pliability of the gold tips, they would easily wear away much quicker than a silver tipped cable. So you decide. You’ll more than likely not be staring at the RCA cables for too long but if you prefer a longer lasting RCA cable, silver tips are the way to go!

Improper Connections

You plug in your RCA’s and you hear a loud BUZZ. Now if you are a novice “electronic plugger” this may alarm you and cause you to think “Did I break it ?!” Worry not! This problem is with RCA connectors when the male is plugged into the female. The “hot” signal is made before the “cold” ground connection has been guaranteed. This noise could potentially harm your equipment if it has not been turned off before connecting. A common mistake, so be careful and don’t ruin your electronics!

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MB Quart Reference Series Speakers

Ohhh The 21st Century!

Technology has come a long way! For many years the construction for speakers was very simple; usually steel, foam, and paper. This worked fine but as the technology world advanced, car speakers needed to be updated. In order to improve the overall system performance, the MB Quart Reference Series speakers were introduced.

Offering component or coaxial speaker system with a 30mm tweeter, these systems provide deep and powerful sound. Each speaker features a low resonance cast ABS composite basket which allows the magnetism to be focused at the speaker providing louder sound with less power.

Standard foam material never lasted. Test after test, speakers and subwoofers with bland foam construction quickly dried out and easily deteriorated. MB Quart knew there had to be a more stable material to use which soon was discovered.  Additional improvements eventually included a UV treatment to increase reliability even more!

WideSphere Design

The Titanium WideSphere tweeter is a new inverted dome design providing 30 kHz of usable frequency range. The unique tweeter is designed to provide equal performance in both on-axis and off-axis configurations. With 180 degree sound dispersion technology, the tweeter eliminates high frequency loss allowing you to position or mount almost anywhere! Flush, angle, or top mounting methods are held securely with aerospace adhesives creating a long lasting, durable installation.

Crimping and Stripping?

Forget about crimping conductor end sleeves! Spring loaded terminals can be connected twice as fast making your install quick and easy. The connection is tight and resistant to all sorts of vibrations allowing you to be stress free when it comes to any loose wires.

 

Grill or No Grill

The Component speakers also feature a grill piece with removable mesh for a progressive look. As compared to Onyx series, Reference speakers offer better frequency response and more versatile options with enclosures.

Pick up your Reference Series speaker set today at Sonic Electronix!

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MB Quart Reference MYKRO Amplifiers

MB Quart RM10001

New to the 2013 Lineup is the brand new MB Quart Reference lineup – the Reference MYKRO. This is the first time the folks at MB Quart have gone with a full-range Class D Design. They are CEA-Compliant amplifiers designed to offer a small, compact install; but still retain big, heavy output.

MB Quart RM440.4

The new MB Quart Reference MYKRO amplifiers are
available in a 4-channel, 5-channel, and a monoblock configuration. All of them use Class D technology, and the four and five channel are both full-range Class D amps.

The new MB Quart Reference MYKRO amplifiers are available in a 4-channel, 5-channel, and a monoblock configuration. All of them use Class D technology, and the four and five channel are both full-range Class D amps.

Each amplifier has a Q-Stasis pre-amplifier circuitry stage. This circuitry rejects noise and assures that clean signal is introduced into the amplifier circuitry. The signal that comes into the amplifier from the source unit can vary widely and depending on the length of the RCA cable, there is a nerly certain chance f noise being injected into that signal wire. Signal from a head unit can be as low as 2 volts and as high as 8 volts. It is critical that an amplifier be able to balance this input signal without allowing noise into the circuit. The Q-Stasis Pre Amplifier Stage keeps the signal in balanced, quiet, and ready for the amplification circuit.

These amps are the definite choice for those limited with space in their installation, but still want have a clean, powerful amplifier. The Hybrid Class D topology is designed for a small footprint, but has exceptional sound quality.
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CB and 2-Way Radios – Why the Technology of the 50’s Is Still Relevant Today

If the world goes down a dark and bleak spiral, the people of the future are going to ask: “What’s a radio?” But not if we have anything to say about it. With the rise and domination of Smartphones and streaming media, radio is becoming less and less relevant to the people of today. Or so it seems.

You see, 2-Way and CB radios are still relevant to the average person as much as it might not seem like it is. Why? Well a radio can communicate with another person from a distance.

But so can a Smartphone…

You can contact emergency services in case of an emergency.

But so can a Smartphone!

You can quickly find out information about storms and other hazardous weather.

There’s an app for that!

This is all true. But let me ask you this, how long does the battery last on your cell phone? How many times have you dropped a call or found yourself in an area where your data doesn’t work? How many times have you had to ask “Can you hear me now,” because of the static in the poor connection? Ahhh…. Starting to make some more sense now?

Here’s the deal, cell phone companies don’t like to put towers up in places like mountains, or the middle of nowhere or in the middle of the ocean because it would cost more money to them than its worth (and possibly because they want to inconvenience us). If you’re someone who likes to hike, climb, boat or explore abandoned places, it’s a very good possibility that your phone isn’t going to work very well in those places and doing those things.  Do you want to rely on your cell phone if you get your arm caught in a rock like the guy from 127 Hours? Didn’t think so.

If only I had a 2-way radiooooo!!!!!!

Radios are designed to be used in that kind of environment, your phone isn’t. Not to mention, if you’re biking and hiking, or on a boat, do you really want to risk dropping and breaking your phone or losing it in the water? A radio is like an insurance policy for your cell phone; small investment, big payoff.

A cell phone might be good for a 3 hour tour... But not for 3 year long TV series

Plus, you get some cool features like the one touch NOAA broadcast. With the push of one button you get access to the emergency weather station and can find out if you need get your skipper back to shore because a storm. If only Gilligan and his crew had one…

And, the Cobra CXR925 has a Rewind-Say-Again feature that will record the last 20 seconds of a transmission so you can play it back. Never miss an important detail again.

And think about this, if you’re tailgating, it’s lame to have to call someone in the car ahead of you, wait for them to answer and then try to hear them over your Hands Free kit because you shouldn’t be talking on the phone while driving, and then have a conversation. Just press a button on your radio and start talking. Simple. And have you tried making a phone call at an amusement park with all the screaming kids and roller coaster noises in the background? It’s something out of a nightmare. A radio is meant for noisy environments so you know you’ll hear the other person.

So, still think they’re irrelevant? If so then you let me know how it goes trying to dial the nearest coast guard or ranger station when you get stranded in the ocean or on top of a mountain. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so why take a chance that you don’t have to take? Be prepared all the time, every time with a 2-way radio.

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