Tag: Amplifier

Nexus 7 In-Dash Vs. Regular Decks

Part two of the Nexus 7 In-Dash has been released and Allyn at Sonic Electronix goes through a follow up on how the new dash is working out.

One of the things I wanted to focus on are the pros and cons to actually setting up a system such as this for yourself. At first glance, it definitely looks super awesome, and since the tablet itself can be removed from the system at anytime by the user, it’s a lot more convenient when traveling. Most important is the fact that you have all that awesome features that the Nexus 7 provides you right in your car dash. The tablet itself is very smooth during use with almost no delay, and the Google Maps navigation feature provided is one of the best for portable devices. The Nexus 7 already has so many amazing features that most of you know yourself, and having in your car is just totally awesome. Imagine the fact that you are capable of even checking your email on your dash stereo! And playing Angry Birds? (Which I highly recommend you do NOT do while driving, but cool when you are parked and waiting in your car for something or someone).

JVC KW-AV60As for the cons (because there’s always going to be some), the fact is that you lose the traditional features provided on regular decks. First and foremost you are not going to be able to have a CD/DVD player anymore (unless you have another component installed.) You lose AM/FM capabilities (yet you can make up for it by streaming it through the tablet), and you also won’t be able to install a backup camera screen into your dash unless you install it in another area of your vehicle. Most importantly, you cannot truly use just about any of the features on the tablet unless you have a 3G phone to tether it to the tablet. So if you are still a basic phone user, I wouldn’t really recommend this installation.

But all together, I personally really like this installation and Sonic Electronix’s creativity in providing different ideas and concepts as to what you can do with your car stereo system. Sonic Electronix offers custom installations like this for ALL vehicles, so feel free to call or email us to inquire about getting a Tablet installed in your car!

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Brief Look at the Basics of How Car Amplifiers Work

At some time you may wonder, how does a car amplifier work?  Car amplifiers enhance the signal that runs through the sound system and plays them through the speakers. There are many confusions and mix-ups about how a car amplifier works.

Car Amplifier Circuit Board

Car Amplifier Circuit Board

First, an electrical signal moves into the amplifier, through a circuit board, and out the other side through the speakers.  The electrical signal may originate from wherever the sound source is, such as the radio or from the CD player. These devices direct a signal to the circuit board.  The circuit board boosts the signal as it moves through the sound system of your car.

NVX JAD1200.1 Car Amplifier

NVX JAD1200.1 Car Amplifier

A frequently misinterpreted functioning of car amplifiers is their output.  The output of each car amplifier differs and can be determined very easily.  The RMS (root mean square) rating of the amplifier does not tell you very much about the amplifier because most amplifiers will only reach this level for a segment of a second at a time.  Instead, you can calculate the actual output of your amplifier by multiplying the peak output by 0.7 and then subtracting the amp’s announced peak performance number from the number you just calculated.

Kicker ZX500.1 Car Amplifier

Kicker ZX500.1 Car Amplifier

Another characteristic of the car amplifier that is normally mistaken is the bridging.  An amplifier that is bridged or can be bridged is simply an amplifier that can create one power supply out of the left and right power supplies.  This can significantly boost the power supply to one subwoofer.

When looking at bridgeable amplifiers the term “bridgeable” basically means that the amplifier has the ability to combine the left and the right channel wattage into a single output for one subwoofer. Many amplifiers are not bridgeable either way make sure to read the manufacturer’s recommendation before bridging the channels. To bridge an amplifier, simply place the negative cable of the speaker to the negative terminal of one channel, and the positive cable to the positive of the other. The united power will send the total of both channel’s power to one speaker.

Make sure to check out the vast amount of car amplifiers we have here at Sonic Electronix and find one compatible for your needs today.

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Looking to Get a Kick Out of Your Speakers?

Being a big fan of music I’ve definitely come to learn a lot about the differences between different brands of audio, how car audio is built, and what to truly look out for when purchasing any sort of audio system. Kicker has been widely known for providing great quality and sounding car audio products. Recently I was able to review the Kicker QS Speakers Series which are actually quite impressive. The Kicker QS Series Matched Component Systems have reached an entirely new level of optimal audio using the newest and most advanced parts to give listeners the next thing to live sound.

The QS Series midrange speakers come in two different sizes, the QS65.2 System that is 6.5 inches and the QS60.2 System that fits a 5.25 inch location. With a 3 layer TriTech composite cone woofer, the speakers provides a straight efficient cone that consists of a woven carbon-poly facing, rigid Rohacell foam core, and another carbon-poly backing put together for extreme internal damping and incomparable sound.

5.25-6 Inch QS Series 2 Way Convertible Component Speaker System

5.25-6 Inch QS Series 2 Way Convertible Component Speaker System

The midrange motor has a voice coil made of lightweight copper-clad aluminum ribbon wire that is tightly coiled for maximum power handling and great efficiency. It is wrapped around a T-cut pole piece and copper shorting ring that provides smooth frequency response and reduces harmonic distortion. The motor is also stored in a cast-aluminum basket which combines a unique groove-locking system to hold the TriTech cone in place.

With loud and clear 30 millimeter tweeter with DuPont Tetoron domes the speakers recreate luxurious highs from an angled, flush, or coaxial mount. This allows the installer to remove aluminum phase plugs from the midrange speakers’ centers and screw in special adapters and tweeters.

6.5 Inch QS Series 2 Way Convertible Component Speaker System

6.5 Inch QS Series 2 Way Convertible Component Speaker System

With great structure and superior sound quality you will definitely be boosting your listening experience while on the road. Make sure you check out this series and other speaker systems we have available here at SonicElectronix.com.

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Biggest and Baddest Amplifiers

If you’re the type of person who wants to fill your ear drums with gratuitous amounts of bass, then you’re going to need epic amounts of power to make it happen.  Here at Sonic we love power and carry a wide range of high wattage amplifiers that will give you enough power to destroy all that oppose you.  Just make sure that you use 0 gauge wire for all of these amps or you won’t get the full potential.

Precision Power PDX-10K

Precision Power PDX-10K

Precision Power PDX-10K

How does 10,000 watts of power sound to you? That’s exactly how much the PDX-10K puts out at .5 ohms.  This 2 foot long amplifier is accompanied by a variable subsonic and lowpass filter and comes with plexiglass and metal bottoms.  Additionally, its has dual speaker terminals that will simplify the connection of multiple subwoofers and a wired bass level control knob which can be placed strategically in your vehicle.  This amplifier is no laughing matter.

Lanzar OPTI7001D

Lanzar OPTI7001D

Lanzar OPTI7001D

Looking for gargantuan power on a budget?  Then Lanzar might be your calling card.  The new revamped Optidrive 7001D can achieve 7000 watts at .5 ohms which is ideal for two high powered dual 2 ohm subwoofers.  It features a heavy duty powder coated heatsink for maximum heat dissipation as well as a subsonic filter and 180 degree phase control.  With all of the versitility of this amp,  you have an amplifier that is ready to take on any challenge.

RE Audio MT10K

RE Audio MT10K

RE Audio MT10K

This beast of an amp will give you monstrous amounts of power.  To put it into perspective for you, it is able to achieve 7500 watts RMS at 1 ohm and requires not one but two 0 gauge power inputs in order to run properly.  You can power two RE Audio 15″ XXX15D4‘s without this amplifier breaking a sweat!  What more could you ask for?!  It is fully equipped with 180 degree phase, +18 dB bass boost, wired bass knob, and pre-amp outputs to daisy chain multiple amplifiers.  All of this makes the MT10K  the ultimate solution for car obliterating bass.

Keep in mind that all of these amplifiers are geared towards a more competition-based system.  Adding any of these amplifiers to your vehicle will require you to upgrade your battery and alternator as well.  However, if you’re up to the challenge, then pick up one of these amps and let your neighborhood know you mean business! You can’t have too much power!

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JBL MS-8 Sound Processor Overview

THE BEGINNING:

2008+ Mitsubishi Lancer Rockford Fosgate Amplified Sound System Diagram

When someone says to me, “Come check out my awesome sound system!” Deep down I sigh to myself knowing that they will have two subwoofers in the trunk powered by a no name amplifier as well as a cheap head unit. Sure enough, it’s just bass… sloppy and inaccurate but loud bass. If only they knew what amazing sound lay just on the horizon. They can have loud, deep bass but obtain quality with their current setup. Where are the mids and highs? How about accurate, punchy bass? Does no one want that live concert, movie theater type sound? I bought a new 2008+ Mitsubishi Lancer and wanted to get the best possible sound from my factory amplified sound system, I had decided to hold off on an entire system until the vehicle was paid off. The JBL MS-8 was rumored to rock socks off, so I pulled the trigger and purchased one. It would integrate with my factory amplified navigation and sound system nicely. The system is made up of the following:

  • Navigation Headunit
  • 8-Channel DSP Amplifier
  • Front 6.5″ Component Speakers
  • Rear Coaxial Speakers
  • Trunk Mounted 10″ Subwoofer

INSTALLATION:

I had to do quite a bit of research before the installation of the MS-8 because I wanted to be absolutely sure I was cutting into the correct wires of my factory amplified sound system, which looked like rainbow spaghetti. If I had a basic, non-amplified or aftermarket sound system, the installation would have been very easy and straightforward. I used the hi-level input and output of the MS-8, which were two wiring harnesses. The clearly labeled harnesses made it easy to crimp all of the wires together once I had the colors figured out. I connected the MS-8 to the output side of the factory amplifier between the amp and speakers themselves, it would utilize it’s own high quality built-in amplifier from now on. Installation was slightly more difficult than a regular amplifier, but only because of the factory wiring.

CALIBRATION:

The included LCD display and bi-aural microphone are used for setup, calibration, and tuning of the MS-8. It can be mounted anywhere within the vehicle or simply used once and then unplugged and stored. I opted to store the display once I finished using it, however I connect it often to make adjustments to the 31-band EQ or the listening position. You must tell the MS-8 what speakers are connected to each channel, so make sure to write them down ahead of time. I then had to set the crossover points for each speaker and was delighted that I had this kind of control of my system. However, I had no idea what crossover points the factory system’s speakers were set at and Rockford Fosgate wouldn’t reveal that information to me, trust me I asked. This was a big pain in my side, but crucial to getting the best sound. The first x-over points I selected made the MS-8 sound awful and muddy, so keep that in mind if you are un-happy with the outcome, just re-calibrate with new x-over points. Finally, I donned the bi-aural microphone headset like a champion and started the sound calibrations. The measurements will take about 5 minutes to complete at which point the unit will calculate the frequency response, level and arrival time for each of the 8 output channels. Finally, it auto-tunes the car using 48 measurements per seat, up to 4 seats total (driver, passenger, two rear seats). Impressive isn’t it? Just make sure no one sees you during calibration. Looking in all directions with the headset on and the car making tons of awkward beeping noises will leave people wondering.

THE DEFINING MOMENT:
When completed, the MS-8 was ready to output the optimized tune from all of its calibrations. I was immediately impressed. I could no longer pinpoint the individual speakers in my car, all I knew was that the sound was coming from the front dashboard and all around me. More than just raising the center stage, the MS-8’s quality amplifier brought out the little nuances in my music that I was never able to hear before from the stock amplifier. Cymbals sounded like they were crashing, the bass drum was punchy and even vocals were more human and sibilant. I turned the calibrations off to revert back to the factory sound output and felt disgusted that I had ever thought it was good, at which point I immediately turned the MS-8 back on. Had I spent the same amount of money on just upgrading my speakers and radio, I would have better quality sound from the individual speakers but without time alignment and staging, it’s almost pointless. Now that I have the MS-8, adding upgraded components will be a breeze and they will sound significantly better with the additional calibrations.

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