I've always had a passion for cars and audio. My childhood consisted of many car shows as well as helping my father work on his vintage cars. I've also always had a passion for music - I like all kinds of music and am fluent in a few different instruments. Today, I'm a marketing assistant at Sonic Electronix and very much enjoy all things audio!
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When to Upgrade Your Vehicle’s Electrical System

Your vehicle’s electrical system is crucial to your vehicle’s audio system and how it sounds and performs. Wiring, your car’s alternator, as well as your car’s batteries are all important factors when it comes to your vehicle’s electrical system. In this blog article, we will go over some guidelines to follow when it comes to how and when to upgrade your vehicle’s electrical system. If ya’ll still have questions regarding your vehicle’s electrical system, feel free to comment in the section below this article and we will do our best to help you upgrade your electrical system.

1Upgrading Your Alternator

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First of all, upgrading your alternator does depend on the type of vehicle you’re working with as well as how much wattage your car audio system needs. But, when it comes to upgrading the alternator, in our experts’ professional opinion, if you are dealing with a system that is anywhere over 1000 watts, it might be a good idea to upgrade your alternator- especially if you are adding more batteries to your car’s electrical system. The key takeaway is that its always better to have too much power than too little power. So, make sure you also have a sufficient amount of batteries to power your system.

2Upgrading Your Car Battery

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It is important to your audio system that you have an adequate amount of batteries powering your system. If not, your system cannot run efficiently. It is recommended that if  you add an amplifier to your system,  you should add a secondary battery as well. And as you add more components to your car audio system, pay attention to how much power your system needs in order to run without failing and add a secondary battery or upgrade your battery accordingly.

3Using a Capacitor

A capacitor is a temporary storage tank for electricity, which charges and discharges electricity at a high speed. Although a capacitor won’t add any additional power to your car audio system, once the capacitor is charged up, it will help stabilize the voltage by providing quick bursts of electricity during peak power demands. Adding a capacitor can fix occasional headlight dimming or other electrical issues within your vehicle. However, their primary use is to help provide your amplifier with a consistent voltage for improved performance. Although capacitors can act as a quick fix solution to your electrical system’s power output, they are usually not recommended. Instead, our experts suggest recommend a secondary battery, as a battery holds power more permanently. However, if you are going to install a capacitor, make sure to get one that is well built, such as NVX’s XCAP1F.

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Optimizing an Aftermarket System For the Best Sound

If you’re one of the many people wondering how they can get better sound out of their vehicle’s sound system, well then you’re in luck. In this blog article, we’re going to go over the different ways, our car audio experts believe, are the best and most effective to get better sound out of your car audio system. So, here are the best ways to improve the sound in your vehicle! And as always, if you have any further questions for our experts, feel free to comment below this article!

1Make Sure You Have the Appropriate Wiring

4 Gauge Cable at Sonic Electronix

First off, it is very important that your car audio system (or any audio system for that matter) has the appropriate wiring and that the wiring is in good condition. It is crucial to your audio system that your wiring and connections have good quality wire, good grounds, good tuning, as well as good RCAs. It is also important that you have matching wire and ground sizes, and that your wiring sizes are True to Size. Our experts suggest that if you want a solid connection, you should use Oxygen Free Copper wire instead of Copper Clad Aluminum. Following these tips will ensure that your amplifier, speakers, and subwoofers have a solid connection and are getting the adequate amount of power to run without failing or clipping.

2Install Car Speakers So That They’re Flush With the Door Panel

Second, it is important for your car audio sound system, that your car speakers are installed so that they meet with the door panels. The way our experts accomplish this is either by making a baffle or Speaker Spacers at Sonic Electronixspacer ring out of MDF and seal it with a foam gasket where the back of the speaker meets that plate or the door panel itself. On the front of the speaker where you have the rubber surround, you will want to isolate the exterior with foam. This will make your car speakers have more directional sound toward the outside of the door panel. This, in turn, will make your car speakers’ sound a lot better. Unfortunately, if your aftermarket car speakers aren’t sealed off with foam, there is a chance that your sound is going to feed into the door panel instead of coming out of the speaker’s grill, which will not provide good sound.

3Add Sound Dampening to Your Vehicle

The next tip our car audio experts have for getting the best sound out of your system is to add sound dampening to the vehicle. It is important to your sound’s quality that you add sound dampening to the door panels. This will make your car speaker’s sound much more solid than it would sound without sound dampening. Since the door acts as an enclosure for your midrange frequencies, so the more sealed off the door is, the better midbass you will get in your system.

4Make Sure Your Subs Have the Right Enclosure

It is crucial for your car audio’s sound, specifically for those lower frequencies within your system, that your subwoofers have the correct type and size of enclosure. Pay attention to the box specifications that your subwoofers need and make sure that your prefab or custom built subwoofer enclosure comes as close as possible to those specifications. In addition, make sure that whatever box you do get, that it is going to fit your vehicle and that it will sound good in your vehicle. If you are building a custom subwoofer enclosure, it is always a good idea to tune the sub enclosure for your specific vehicle.

5Have Adequate Power for Your Audio System

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It is incredibly important that you have enough power running your system. First, you should make sure you have the correct type and amount of car batteries (also called power cells) running your audio system. In addition, your system may require that you invest in an upgraded alternator or a secondary battery.

We hope these car audio sound tips helped some of you guys out there! Until next time, we’ll cya later!

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What It Takes to Be a Basshead

What it Takes to Be a Basshead

Here at Sonic Electronix, we value your all of your guys’ opinions on all things audio. Especially when it comes to bass. And when it comes to bass and car audio, being a basshead is definitely important. Last week we posted on our Facebook, the question “What does it take to be a basshead?” Thank  you to everyone who submitted their answers. Here are the top five answers from our followers. And, if you have any basshead tips to add, feel free to comment below!

1When You Buy…

…your vehicle based on your system plans. – Eric M.

2Your Music

When you listen to music you don’t like just for the bassline. – Jetta R.

3In the Name of Bass

Going in knowing you’re going to break a perfectly good automobile in the name of bass. – James M.

4Just Love Bass

Just love bass, and everything car audio. Never look down on another’s sound system. – Jose J.

5Subwoofer Wattage

At least 6000 watts to the subs – William S.

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The Top 3 Marine Amplifiers for Your Money

Top Marine Amplifiers for Your Money

When it comes to the sound system on your boat, an amplifier is incredibly important. If your objective is to achieve great sound out on the water, you will need an amplifier in order to power your boat’s marine speakers or marine subwoofers. Marine amplifiers are made with the marine environment in mind and are built to last under harsh marine conditions such as exposure to sun and water. But, you do not have to spend a fortune to get a great amplifier to power your boat’s system! Below are the top three marine audio amplifiers for your money.

1DJ Marine Audio DJ1.600 by Memphis Audio

The first marine amplifier on our list is the DJ1.600 Monoblock Class D Marine Amp from DJ Audio by Memphis. This monoblock marine amp is perfect for powering the subwoofer on your boat – at a great price. It’s RMS power at 1 ohm is 600 watts so you’re sure to get a DJ Marine Audio DJ1.600 by Memphissufficient amount of power for your subwoofer. In addition, this amp features a small chassis for easy installation, as well as protective covers so that the sun and water wont ruin your amplifier.

  • Wired Remote Bass Level Control Included
  • Variable Bass Boost (0 to +12 dB at 50 Hz)
  • Variable Low-Pass Filter (50 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • Frequency Response: 20-250 Hz

2MB Quart NA1-400.2

Next on our top three list is MB Quart’s NA1-400.2 2 Channel Full Range Class D Marine Amplifier. This marine audio amp is not only affordable, but is perfect for any marine application. With an extremely small chassis, this amplifier can be installed in pretty much any location. You can use it to power speakers, subwoofers, and even tower speakers. For it’s small size, this amp gives off a great amount of power at 400 watts RMS.

MB Quart NA1-400.2 2 Channel Marine Amp at Sonic Electronix

  • Speaker-Level (High-Level) Inputs with Signal Sensing
  • Subsonic Filter (24 dB at 15 Hz)
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 90dB
  • Total Power Output: 400 Watts
  • 8 Gauge Power and Ground Wiring

3Kicker KXM800.5

Last, but not least, on our list is Kicker’s KXM Series 5-Channel Class D-IC Marine Amplifier. This amplifier is more than enough to power your boat’s sound system with it’s RMS power rating of 100 watts per four channels and 400 watts for the subchannel, at 2 ohms. In addition, it features a small chassis for ease of installation and was made with high-grade components that are even UV-protected. This amp was built to stand up to the harsh marine environment and features a sleek tuning magnetic door which protects the interior of the amplifier.

Kicker KXM800.5 at Sonic Electronix

  • Remote Bass Level Control Included
  • Variable Bass Boost (0-18 dB @ 40 Hz)
  • Soft Start Turn-On
  • Preamp RCA Outputs
  • Double-Sided Fiberglass Circuit Board
  • CEA-2006 Compliant Amplifier

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How to Get Yourself out of a Noise Complaint

Police Car

Have you ever been pulled over for having too loud of a system? Or gotten a noise complaint about your vehicle from a neighbor? And if you haven’t, do you know what you would do to get out of that ticket, if you were pulled over or complained about? Well, some of our fans have been victims of noise complaints and told us how to avoid that ticket! Read on to learn about the top ways to avoid noise complaints, without turning down your system’s volume!

1I’m Sorry Officer…

What exactly is the limit in decibels for it to be in violation? And if he pushes it, I play dumb and ask him if he can use his SPL meter (which they don’t have) to show me because I can’t believe my car could be that loud. Works every time.

                                                                                          -  Michael V.

2Subwoofer Trick

Turn the subs off on my head unit in the settings and tell the cop it’s not hooked up yet. And demo it with door speakers. Confuses the hell out of them every time. Last time I did it I was told that when I do get it hooked up to keep it down. Like that would happen!

                                                                                              – Andrew R.

3I’m a Professional Audio Technician…

And I am running diagnostics for research on how to better sound deaden cars and on easing the reverberation on other cars so that noise complaints like this are less likely to happen.

                                                                                                 – Jeremy C.

4Remote Control Trick

Get a separate switch on the remote control and put it in a hiding spot within reach then when the sirens turn on, hit the switch and your subwoofers are off! Tell them “my subs haven’t work for years.” Confuses them and they’ll let you off with warning.

                                                                                                 – Mario C.


You can always move to one of several states where there are no laws against loud noise!

                                                                                                 – Nick C.

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