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BEST NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES UNDER $100

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Noise cancelling headphones are the perfect travel companion. Headphones with active noise cancelling all but eliminate the ambient noise around you by creating sound waves that cancel out the incoming sound waves, also known as destructive interference. Noise cancelling headphones are available in over-ear, on-ear and in-ear designs to meet any listening preference and work well with any music genre. For anyone who spends a lot of time travelling, nothing beats a good pair of noise cancelling headphones that drown out road noise, the constant drone of an airplane and any other distractions so you can catch up on work, enjoy a movie, your music or even just get some sleep. Noise cancelling headphones do have a reputation as being on the pricier side, but there are some budget friendly options available for you to choose from. Here are our three favorite pairs of noise cancelling headphones under $100.

1Phiaton PS 210 BTNC

Phiaton PS 210 BTNC Noise Cancelling Earbuds

The PS210 BTNC earphones from Phiaton is our top pair of noise cancelling headphones under $100. Phiaton designed the PS210 BTNC earphones with a noise blocker which cancels out up to 95% of the ambient noise around you. Not only do these earbuds offer you the bliss of active noise cancelling technology, they also have built-in Bluetooth and an on-board microphone for the ultimate in wireless freedom. The Phiaton PS210 BTNC wireless noise cancelling headphones also include Echo-Off noise reduction technology which reduces background noise from the microphone so your Bluetooth phone calls go smoothly. These wireless Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones with microphone are your best bet!

2Audio Technica ATH-ANC25

Audio Technica ATH-ANC25

Audio Technica’s ATH-ANC25 on-ear headphones are another great pair of noise cancelling headphones that are easy on the wallet. These on-ear headphones feature QuietPoint active noise reduction technology which reduces environmental noise by up to 80%. Internally, the ATH-ANC25 headphones feature large 40mm drivers which produce amazingly clear sound. These headphones fold up when not in use for easy storage. They are also able to function as wireless noise cancelling headphones thanks to the detachable cable if you just want to drown out the ambient noise but aren’t worried about listening to music.

3Able Planet NC200B

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The Able Planet NC200B over-ear headphones were built specifically for travelers. Don’t let the price of the NC200B’s fool you, these aren’t just some cheap noise cancelling headphones. They feature the award winning LINX AUDIO Hear the Difference technology and active noise cancelling, these headphones are a sure bet to impress. They also include a tangle free cable with in-line volume controls for easy use. When not in use, these stylish headphones fold up for easy storage in your carry-on or backpack.

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Beyerdynamic A200P Headphone Amplifier/DAC

Beyerdynamic A 200 p

Most headphones on the market today, especially the higher end models, need a little help reaching their full potential. Transforming digital sound data from a device such as your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player to your headphones generally leads to a pretty significant drop in quality. The A200P high-end portable DAC/headphone amplifier from Beyerdynamic is designed to be a solution for this problem. Like any other headphone amplifier/DAC, the A200P converts digital data to analogue music signals between your device and headphones resulting in a level of audio quality that your mobile device simply isn’t designed for. When used with the A200P amplifier, you’ll hear previously unheard details in your music, better contoured and significantly deeper bass and more natural instrumental and vocal reproduction.

a200p_androidBeyerdynamic’s A200P headphone amplifier/DAC meets the most demanding audiophile sound requirements without tying you down thanks to its incredibly compact size. The A200P measures at just over 2″ x 2″ and is only ½” thick and easily fits in any pocket, purse or backpack for on-the-go use. Don’t let the size fool you though; the A200P features an internal rechargeable battery that provides you with up to 11 hours of music playback so you can use it on all of your cross country flights without worrying about running out of juice.

a200p_iphoneBeyerdynamic also wanted the A200P to be easy to use. They designed intuitive play/pause and track control buttons along the side while the tracking style wheel on the front offers easy volume control. The volume control offers an impressive 135 volume levels allowing you to listen to your music as loud or as softly as you want. The built-in LED display gives you charging, operation and volume indicators. With the A200P, there is no stopping to fiddle with any settings, it can all be done on-the-go.

Perhaps most importantly, the A200P works with both Android and Apple devices as well as both Mac and PC so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues. The A200P connects to your device via micro USB, Lightning connector or USB (depending on the device you’re using) rather than the typical 3.5mm connection. Beyerdynamic includes a cable for each connection type so you don’t need to worry about having the proper cables; all you need to do is connect your headphones and device to the amp and you’ll be good to go.

 

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Add More Functions to Your ASWC-1!

Keep Your Steering Wheel Controls with the ASWC-1 Adapter!

It’s becoming more and more common these days for cars to come with factory steering wheel controls. The problem is, if you want to upgrade your headunit, chances are you’ll lose those controls unless you purchase an additional adapter because aftermarket headunits are so rarely compatible with steering wheel controls. Luckily, there are steering wheel control adapters available like the Axxess ASWC-1 that allow you to retain your controls.

The Axxess ASWC-1, the best steering wheel control adapter on the market, just got even better. With the latest update to the ASWC-1, you will be able to program your steering wheel controls with dual functions. Currently, each button on your steering wheel with the ASWC-1 will only perform a single action when clicked. This additional feature lets you program the buttons on your steering wheel for a secondary function when you hold the button down for an extended period of time.

Before setting any ‘long press’ action for your steering wheel controls, your ASWC-1 will need to have been successfully detected by and functional with your stereo. You will also need to update your ASWC-1 to its most recent software revision. When a button has been successfully programmed with a long-press action, a quick tap of the button will work as it always has while a longer press (at least a quarter of a second), the new button action will be sent to your stereo. You can program every button on your steering wheel to work with the long-press function except for your volume up and down controls.

Updating Your ASWC-1

Adding the long-press functionality to your steering wheel controls is no more difficult than installing it was.

1Your first step in adding secondary button press functions to your steering wheel controls is to update your ASWC1 to the latest software revision.  To do this you will need to download the WbXXpress Updater program and connect your Axxess interface box to your computer via the Micro-USB connection (the 4-pin serial port is located directly on the circuit board). Your computer will recognize the interface box and prompt you to begin the update.

2Once you’ve updated the software on your ASWC-1 and have the interface wired back up in your system, press and hold down the button you want to add a long-press action to for roughly 10 seconds. The green LED will blink quickly to acknowledge the action while you have the button pressed down. Release the button and the blinking LED light will turn solid.

3Determine the new steering wheel button number in the chart below. Press and release the volume up button the number of time corresponding to the new button. The green LED will blink rapidly when you have the volume up button engaged and then return to solid when the volume up button is released. If you take more than 10 seconds between a volume up button press, the procedure will self abort and you will have to start over.

4To store the long-press button in memory, press the same steering wheel button you held down in step 2. The LED will turn off, indicating completion.

To clear/reset a button to its original use (remove the long-press action), repeat step 2 while pressing the volume down button in place of the volume up button. The LED will go off and the long press mapping will be removed.


Mapping Your New Controls
Button Number
New Button Action
1
Not Allowed
2
Not Allowed
3
Seek Up/Next
4
Seek Down/Previous
5
Mode/Source
6
Mute
7
Preset Up
8
Preset Down
9
Power
10
Band
11
Play/Enter
12
PTT
13
On Hook
14
Off Hook

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Sonic Electronix at Slamology

Over three weeks of coordinating, two days of travel between 3 states and the promise of virtually no sleep did not keep our team at Sonic Electronix from participating in the 11th annual Slamology Automotive and Music Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana over the weekend of June 14th. From what we heard from so many other vendors and attendees, this was a premier event where we could really connect with the core car audio community. It did not disappoint.

The annual 2-day event at Lucas Oil Raceway featured a number of competitions, vendors like XS Power and Mechman Alternators, bands and even a bikini contest. Attendees, vendors and competitors arrived from all over the country, albeit none as far as Los Angeles. Despite the competitive nature of the crowd, it really felt like a tight knit group of enthusiasts. There was a true sense of community. It did not matter if you were a bass head, into SQL or just a spectator everyone there was there to have a great time.

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While we were there, we captured insanely loud demos leaving in their wake, windows cracked, doors busted and ears damaged. We even piloted a quadcopter drone to get some awesome aerial coverage of the day. Unfortunately that crashed too. When we weren’t busy demoing or rather watching sound waves break things, we were out there talking to people about their love for all things car audio. Being able to hear these stories was priceless.

At our booth, we had the great fortunate to be able to showcase the late Alma Gates’ Bronco, The Beast, the final vehicle she built. “Alma Gates was a mother figure in the bass head community. She was friends with everyone and loved everybody,” said Warnick. “After she passed away last year we were fortunate enough to be able to purchase her Bronco so that we could maintain it and bring it around to shows and events. It’s a great honor.”

Sonic Electronix hopes to make the trip out to Slamology in 2015. We met so many great people at Slamology and their genuine love of car audio was amazing. Hopefully next time our drone doesn’t break.

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Save Time with PayPal Express!

At Sonic Electronix, we’re always looking for ways to improve your checkout experience. PayPal Express provides another step towards achieving our goal of providing you, our customers, with hassle free shopping. “PayPal Express is fantastic. It helps us provide a better overall customer experience and makes it easier for our customer to check out on all devices, including desktop, mobile and tablets,” said Director of Product Seth Wilde.

The key advantage of shopping with a PayPal account is simple convenience. All of your credit card and billing information is stored in your PayPal account to eliminate the need for you to remember your card number and fill out your billing address.

Simplify Your Checkout Experience with Paypal Express!

PayPal Express takes this system and simplifies it even further. It requires only for you to log in to your PayPal account to automatically load your billing and card information into the system. PayPal Express also speeds up the ordering process and greatly reduces any order issues by incorporating PayPal directly into the checkout process. PayPal Standard on the other hand, takes you completely away from the checkout page to enter your PayPal information and doesn’t return you to a confirmation page.

Perhaps the biggest advantage to PayPal Express comes from mobile orders. Placing an order on your cell phone can be a pain, typing in card numbers and addresses on a screen that is too small and a keyboard usable only by toddlers. While PayPal Express doesn’t completely eliminate text fields to fill out, it does reduce them dramatically. The average website requires over 30 individual text fields to be filled out to place an order; with PayPal Express you only need to type in your username and password saving you from frustration, carpel tunnel and most importantly, time.

As a result of the inefficiencies of PayPal Standard, nearly 1 in 10 orders were left uncompleted for desktop users and on the mobile side nearly 1 in 5 orders were left uncompleted. With PayPal Express, uncompleted orders have been cut by more than half. “Since we’ve enhanced our PayPal experience, we’ve found that our customers are less confused by the checkout process and more likely to complete their orders,” said Wilde.

Shop with PayPal on Your Next Visit!

So next time you shop at Sonic Electronix, be sure to look for the ‘Checkout with PayPal’ button. Save yourself some time and enjoy your new sound gear sooner!

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