Jason has had a passion for electronics for as long as he can remember. Ever since his dad bought him a do-it-yourself electronic starter kit when he was a kid, it's been love ever since. From his adolescent years as a musician to his employment selling home theater equipment, Jason has always been surrounded and submerged in audio. Working at Sonic Electronix, Jason quickly became a car audio connoisseur and true audiophile. In his spare time you'll find Jason snowboarding and playing guitar.
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History of the Boombox

Ghetto Blaster: The First Portable Speaker System

Lets go back to a simpler time where ghetto blasters were abundant and break-dancing was the way you got the ladies.  A time where lugging around a huge speaker on your back was a thing of the norm and the Beastie Boys were the world’s leaders.  The boombox had a good run and created the catalyst for more recent technologies such as the Walkman and MP3 player.

Boomboxes gained worldwide attention in the 80s with artist such as the Beastie Boys glorifying them

It all started in the late 60s when stereos started to become more compact and portable. By the mid 70s they were a popular choice among urban environments in areas such as New York, L.A, and Washington D.C. As a result, they earned the name ghetto blaster for their use in hip-hop and break dance culture. At first they were equipped with only an AM/FM radio and a few input and outputs for connection of a microphone or turntable. They were the first portable music device and we’re eventually diminished with the emergence of the walkman and eventually the MP3 player.

Recently, the boombox has returned with updated technology. Lasonic is one of the frontrunners in bringing back the ghetto blaster back to life with much success. They got their start with models such as TRC935 and TRC 922 in the 80s and have since released the i931bt which was redesigned in 2011 with Bluetooth streaming. Lasonic is going as far as to create custom colors that will exclusively be sold here at Sonic Electronix. The boombox is making a comback so grab your best dance shoes and get ready to party like its 1985!

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Top Features To Look For In Gaming Headsets

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Don't be this guy

So, there you are trying to snipe some 10 year old noob in Black ops 2 who told you that he invited your mother to play with his legos (language toned down, of course).  Little do you that he’s sneaking up behind you and knifing you in the back.  Now, this could have been a completely avoidable situation if you had a good pair of gaming headsets that could pick up on the sounds of the footsteps coming up on you. Gamers can sometimes forget that without detailed sound, even the most captivating visuals can seem anemic. If you want to take your gaming to the next level, then you’re going to need headphones that have certain qualifications.

Tritton 720+

There are several important features to consider before you jump the gun on buying a gaming headset. The first thing that should be a major concern is surround sound capabilities. Lots of gaming headphones like the Tritton 720+ have multiple drivers that produce sound equivalent to that of high end home stereo surround sound system. This is also extremely helpful in first person shooter games when someone is trying to sneak up behind you.  The surround sound capabilities will be able to pick up on the footstep audio that would otherwise go unheard by your conventional gaming headset.

Having wireless capabilities is another feature many might consider important.  If you like to move around a lot while you slay your adversaries, then it’s good to have no wires in the way that might cause your precious ear-hugging beauties to be thrown from your head. The microphone should be detachable and have an in-line controller to maintain chat and volume controls depending on your gaming situation.  Also, you should make sure they are equipped with comfortable earpads so that you can game through a long night.

Remember that if you don’t have good gaming headphones you could be missing out on a fully satisfying gaming experience!

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Monster DNA Series Headphones

Monster DNA

If you’re going to be seen with headphones on your ears then you want to make sure they don’t leave you looking like a homeless person, right? Monster has recently released their line of highly expressive DNA Series headphones which are available in both on-ear and in-ear fitments. Whether you’re trying to relax or trying to establish a new world order, these headphones will be able to fill the void of audio and fashion in your life.

Monster DNA On-Ear Headphones

The DNA on-ear version is sure to have anyone turning their head with its sleek deign and multitude of color choices. The In-line ControlTalk allows you to seamlessly connect to most Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPads.  They will allow you the functionality of play/pause/skip for music playback and to easily answer and end phone calls at the touch of a button. The unique shape of the earpads provides optimum comfort for long listening sessions and the large drivers give you a bold and dynamic sound which will have your ears doing happy back flips. Additionally, they offer very excellent noise isolation so you can phase out all the poor, audio-deprived souls.

Monster DNA In-Ear Headphones

The DNA in-ear headphones are very lightweight and portable which allows them to be used in endless applications.  Just like the on-ear version, the in-ears have the ControlTalk Controller to give them music playback and phone call functions. They are ideal for work out sessions where mobility is a must and the tangle free cables support this claim.  They include several different sized ear tips so even if you have deformed ears like me you can find a way to make them work.  Also, they included a nifty carrying case which makes these headphones truly portable.

Remember that your DNA is what makes you unique.  Don’t ruin your uniqueness with standard, run-of-the-mill headphones!

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Jaybird Bluetooth Headphones

It’s hard to get your swoll on at the gym when all you hear is seventeen different remixes of a Justin Bieber song.  In order to save your ears from the horrors of modern day music you should consider getting some sort of sports headphones. However, there are lots that suck to put it frankly.  If you’re looking for ones that wont give you buyer’s remorse, then consider any in-ear headphones by Jaybird.  They have recently released several models of Bluetooth headphones that are sure to put you in the zone while you work out those things you call muscles.

Freedom Sprint

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JayBird JF4MBL Freedom Sprint

The Freedom Sprint is an upgraded and more compact version of the original Freedom Bluetooth headphones.  I’ve tried these out personally at the gym and was very satisfied when I phased out all of the juice heads and dude-bros. I’m just like, “Do they even lift?” All of the controls are easily configured on the right earpiece for functions such as play, pause, answer/end phone calls, and skip tracks which means you never have to touch your phone during your work out. They are extremely comfortable in your ear and won’t come out of your ear even if you decide to do twelve backflips in a row. They come with a plethora of different ear tips so even if you have elf ears you’ll be able to find a pair that works for you. Did I mention that they sound really good too?

BlueBuds

JayBird BlueBuds X

JayBird BlueBuds X

The Jaybird BlueBuds are the newest addition to the Bluetooth family. These little guys are even more compact than the Freedom Sprints.  Unlike the Sprints, the BlueBuds have an in-line controller for all music and phone call functionality and have management clips for the cord to contour to the shape of your head.  If you’re lazy about charging, then you’ll be happy to know that they have 8 hours of play time for extended workout use. Both the Sprints and the BlueBuds are sweat-proof which means you can excrete as much sweat as you want on these headphones and they will be unscathed. The Bluebuds are definitely at the fore-front of Blueooth in-ear headphones.

Whether you’re running a marathon or punching slabs of meat, you and your ears will be happy.

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Top 5 Portable & Bluetooth Speakers

Let’s face it, everyone loves to listen to music.  It’s expressive and makes us want to dance..horribly.  However, there are situations where you might find yourself without a speaker to play your favorite tunes.  At the beach, at work, attending your local fight club, or whatever you’re into, there is almost always an opportunity to create a soundtrack to your life. There are some portable speakers that rise above the rest in terms of quality and unique features.

Aliph Jawbone Jambox

Aliph Jawbone JamboxOne of the first manufacturers to enter the portable headphone scene was Aliph Jawbone.  They released the very popular Jambox which has many positive reviews.  The Jambox is bluetooth making it very easy to connect to your smartphone or Bluetooth compatible devices. The huge user-friendly buttons on the top make it seamless to navigate through your music and pick a song that fits the environment.  Also, the battery lasts up to 10 hours so you can party all night long.  What more could you ask for?

Diamond MSP100
Diamond MSP100BThis little speaker is ideal for laptops, MP3 players, and cellphones.  The very unique shape of the speaker allows the user to place it in locations they otherwise would not be able to such as a cup holder.  The retractable cable makes it a no-brainer in terms of portability and storage. Just plug and play your device through the 3.5mm jack and you’ll be in musical paradise for up to 6 hours of play time!

Monster ClarityHD

Monster ClarityHDProducts by Monster do not usually disappoint.  The ClarityHD is no exception with its Bluetooth compatibility and built-in microphone for answering calls without your phone. You can also use the Noise-canceling Bluetooth speakerphone for Skype and other video chat programs. This unit is specifically meant for optimization with blackberry devices which is pretty rare nowadays.  When it comes to Monster portable speaker, these are one of the best.

HMDX HX-P23O

HMDX AudioThis little guy is similar to the Diamond MSP100 with some major difference.  This is a Bluetooth speaker with a shape the can contour to that of a cup holder. This is significant because you can place this speaker in your car’s cup holder and use the Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone allowing for a complete Bluetooth solution for your car! This makes it one of the most unique portable speakers we carry.

Pioneer Steez

These things are pretty legit if I do say so myself.  The Pioneer Steez portable music systems are like your own personal DJ. It has Mixtrax technology which enables you to accomplish tasks like tempo control and DJ mix which creates a non-stop mix by genre with transition effects between tracks.  It also has many equalization features so you can truely customize your music.

All of these great options give you no excuse to live without music in all aspects of your life!

 

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