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Boston Acoustics Departs from Car Audio, Buy Now and Save!

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Boston Acoustics has been heavily involved in the car audio industry for 23 years. Their products have often attributed to high standards that many have drawn in a large crowd of audiophiles. Unfortunately, they will be exiting the car audio industry as of April, 2012 to focus on home audio products, including speakers, soundbars, radios, and other ventures. Although this exit is down the road, now is the time to pick up on some gear that is extremely high quality for a fraction of the price!

SPG5554

The SPG555-4 is among our favorite subwoofers at Sonic Electronix. It's also been extremely popular in the audiophile industry. It's available in 2 Ohm configuration as well.

Sonic Electronix has a large selection of Boston Acoustics amplifiers, speakers, and subwoofers, even recone kits. If you’re looking to savor the last of the Boston Acoustics gear available, this is certainly the time to do it. The Boston Acoustics SE60 6-1/2” component speakers are currently some of the best sellers in the Boston Acoustic speaker department, and are a perfect option to consider when upgrading your vehicles door speakers. Trying to find a clean amplifier at an affordable price? Boston Acoustic multi-channel GT Series Amplifiers feature a Total Harmon Distortion (THD) rating of .03%. Their Signal-to-Noise Ration (SNR) is rated at 100dB. Don’t waste time with inferior amplifiers that cause distortion, go for something that will last the long run and also provide clean output.

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The Boston Acoustics SR60 Speakers are a great set of audiophile component speakers.

If you’re the type who’s looking for a different car audio brand with similar characteristics to Boston Acoustics, consider DLS or Image Dynamics. Both of these brands have their quality attributed to them, and spend a lot of time researching and developing their products to have superior sound quality.

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What Car Amplifier Do I Need for My JL Audio W3v3 Subwoofer?

In this week’s What Amplifier Do I Need? we will be looking at JL Audio’s W3v3 Series Subwoofers. The W3v3 subwoofers are available in a 6.5”, 8”, 10”, 12”, and 13.5” size option that will satisfy any personal preference. The woofers range from 150W RMS to 600W RMS depending on the size of the woofer. JL Audio is known for manufacturing amazing drivers that are able to produce unsurpassed bass reproduction but even these amplifiers can’t power themselves up, they need the right amplifier to perform.

JL Audio XD200/2

XD200/2

If you are going to go with a JL Audio subwoofer might as well go with a JL Audio amplifier. The JL Audio XD200/2 is the perfect amplifier when wanting to get your feet a little wet. This amplifier works perfectly when wanting to amplify a single 6W3v3-8 or a single 8W3v3-4 subwoofer when bridging the 2-channels. The amplifier will put out 150W RMS at 8 ohms bridged or 200W RMS at 4 ohms bridged. There really is nothing better than a JL Audio amp, this amp will be extremely efficient and features technologies like Advanced Thermal Rollback in order to eliminated thermal shut-down events. The amp features low and high pass filters as well as noise killing differential-balanced inputs for clean and reliable power output.

Alpine MRX-M50

MRX-M50

The Alpine MRX-M50 is rated at 500W RMS @ 2 ohms, making it the perfect amplifier when wanting to run a 10W3v3-2, 12W3v3-2, or a 13W3v3-2 subwoofer. Its small design and both high-level and low-level inputs allow this amp to be installed in virtually any vehicle, not many other amplifiers can offer that. The amplifier also features a variable bass boost along with a low-pass filer and subsonic filter that will allow you to manipulate the frequencies to your personal taste. When purchasing an efficient sub like the W3v3 you need an amplifier that is just as reliable and also affordable.

Boston Acoustics GTA-100m

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Boston Acoustic’s GTA-1000m monoblock amplifier is rated at 600W RMS @ 4 ohms. This amp will allow you to run a 10W3v3-4, 12W3v3-4, or 13W3v3-4 subwoofer to a final super efficient impedance of 4 ohms. This is going to give you the best performance, the amplifier won’t have to work as hard and draw less power for lower thermal output. The woofer will run more efficiently as well due to the constant supply of undisturbed power. The GTA-1000m features balanced asymmetrical inputs for noise cancellation and fully adjustable and selectable low and high-pass crossovers for complete customization of sound reproduction.

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Sonic Electronix’s Recommendations For Car Subwoofers

Here at Sonic Electronix we are a diverse group of individuals with a decent range of age, who all have a love, be it small or big, for car audio. In the Descriptions Department we all come from different walks of life and listen to different types of music. Some of us prefer SPL while others prefer SQ. In this industry you either know what you want or someone gives their advice or opinion on a certain brand or model and you end up going with that. Below are some of our favorite car subwoofers within the Descriptions Department here at Sonic Electronix.

RE Audio SEX12D4

SEX12D4

Seth, “the boss”, has an eye for RE Audio’s SEX12D4 12” SE-X series subwoofer. This woofer is able to handle 600 watts of RMS and is perfect for either a sealed or ported enclosure, giving you either some serious bass output or a more accurate and responsive bass. The woofer has a dual composite 2-piece cone and rubatek foam surround for rigidity and optimum performance. Seth has a wide taste in music so the SEX12D4 suits his needs for elongated bass when needed or short precise bass when listening to some alternative rock music. This really is the all around subwoofer for its ability to perform on both ends of the spectrum.

Alpine SWR-1243D

SWR-1243D

David, “ the veteran”, is not much for car audio but even he gets goose bumps and inner child comes out when he hears the Alpine SWR-1243D 12” Type-R series subwoofer. David’s playlist will showcase many genres of music but you can’t miss the fact that he loves rap and music that really has a beat. Nothing could be better than the Type-R for this genre of music, with an RMS handling of 600 watts; this subwoofer is known for being power hungry which means a ridiculous amount of bass. With an Xmax of 20mm this woofer will sound booming in a ported enclosure but will also perform beautifully in a sealed enclosure. The many technologies and high-end materials used on the SWR-1243D subwoofer make it one of the top subwoofers in its class.

Kicker Solo-Baric 11S10L74

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Harry, “the new guy”, is your staple Generation Y kid and all he wants is bass. For him Kicker’s 11S10L74 10” L7 series subwoofer is the way to go. With a square design woofer this subwoofer is able to output 18% more bass that will make it sound more like a 12” subwoofer than a 10”. Even with his desire for bass Harry still likes quality and Kicker is very well known in the car audio world for making products that last and perform for long periods of time without diminishing in quality. Improvements to the woofer cone and structure of this woofer, allow for better heat dissipation and more surface area for harder hitting longer lasting bass. As always Kicker has made installation a piece of cake by using spring loaded terminals for secure and quick installs. Harry might be the young buck in group but he definitely knows what a good subwoofer should sound like.

Boston Acoustics G312-44

G312-44

For me it’s all about quality, quick and responsive bass. For this reason one of my favorite subwoofer is the Boston Acoustics G312-44 G3 series subwoofer. Unlike some of my co-workers I am not really into hard shaking bass thus the generous 375 watts of RMS power handling, and my music genre, indie rock, really doesn’t require deep bass. What it does require is crisp, precise, and accurate bass which is exactly what I get from the G312-44. The woofer is equipped with RadialVent® technology for enhanced heat dissipation and increased power handling. This allows me to play my sub longer without having to worry about it clipping. The Soft Par System (SPS™) technology allows for cone assembly removal making it easy to replace any parts that wear out from use or even change my voice coils to simplify installation when adding more subs.

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Things to Look For When Buying New Car Speakers

Vibe Audio SPACE 5

It’s common for someone to ask “Which speakers would be right for me?”  Well, putting together a car audio system can require a lot of thought, or it can be something that’s decided on a whim.  There’s a few questions you should ask yourself before picking out the next car speakers for your ride, and to help make the best decision you should consider the most popular questions asked.  So first, find out what size speakers your vehicle has installed, and follow this guide to finding the perfect car speakers.

A commonly asked questioned is “Will I need an amplifier?”  The short answer to this question is do you want to have an amplifier?  A lot of speakers on the market can be used as direct factory replacements.  Make sure each speaker requires no more than 50 watts of power handling and these will work right off of your factory stereo.  A common factory replacement that doesn’t require amplification is the Boston Acoustics S65 speakers.  If you’re looking for a more fully staged audio experience with better volume and voice you might want to consider finding an amplifier.  In this case, match up the amplifiers power rating with your speakers RMS power rating.  This way you can get the best possible continual performance from your speakers.  Component style speakers, like the Vibe Audio SPACE 5 speakers will usually always require an amplifier since there’s separate components to power.

“Will I need a soft-dome tweeter, or a metallic dome tweeter?” This question is common when searching through speakers and this can really only be defined by personal preference.  Soft dome tweeters like Silk found on the RE Audio RE65FR speakers, and Cloth will produce a crisp listening experience.  Metallic tweeters can be considered “brighter” and will produce louder volumes with less power.  Metallic tweeters are popular on Boats, Motorcycles, and other environments where a lot of outside noise is present and needs to be drowned out.

After considering your amplification options and what style of speaker you want. It’s about finding the correct speaker by different manufactures.  Keep in mind each manufacturer has tried to develop their own sound so they can stand out and create brand loyalty.

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Boston Acoustics Home Speakers / Subwoofers

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By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

In this post we will continue to delve into what makes Boston Acoustics audio equipment unique. In part 1 of the Boston Acoustics home audio series we mentioned that the Boston Acoustics brand has been around since 1979. Not only have they stuck around for 30 years and counting, but during that time they have produced top notch home audio/video sound systems. In part 2 of our two-part series on Boston Acoustics home audio products, we will discuss home theater systems, home subwoofers, loudspeakers, and computer speakers.

To truly have a top performing home theater system, you need realistic sound quality. The Boston Acoustics TVee Model Two soundbar speaker and wireless subwoofer is the perfect setup. This soundbar and subwoofer combo will provide an all around balanced sound to enhance your entertainment experience. The TVee improves sound quality to the extent that it will make watching your favorite television program or movie that much more enjoyable. This setup works perfectly with monitors 32” and larger. Altogether it packs 100 watts of room-filling sound.

If you really want to complement your home theater sound system, check out the Boston Acoustics Horizon MCS 100 3” satellite speaker. This speaker is ideal for 5.1 channel home theater or music stereo systems. As a high quality satellite speaker, the sound emitted is smooth and clear. Using the built-in wall mount brackets, these speakers can be mounted as in wall speakers. If you are looking for a slightly bigger pair of satellite speakers, you might consider purchasing the Boston Acoustics MCS 130 3.5” surround speakers. Besides having a bigger midbass speaker, it also has a bigger tweeter than the MCS 100. As a result it produces even louder musical playback and provides a surround sound experience.

One of the best ways to recreate the movie theater experience in your home is to add a home audio subwoofer. The deep bass brings a realism to the entertainment experience, especially during fight scenes and on-screen explosions. The Boston Acoustics Horizon HPS 10HO is a 10” powered subwoofer that can handle 250 watts of continuous power. This home audio subwoofer has speaker level outputs and volume control built onto the unit for easy usability. Distortion is not an issue, even in the most intense movie scenes and musical breakdowns. The Boston Acoustics Horizon HPS 10SE 10” home audio subwoofer is another option for those looking for a sub with about 150 watts of continuous power. It is a great way to add more bass to your home theater sound system.

Home theater sound systems can also be integrated with loudspeakers such as the Boston Acoustics Horizon HS460. This 2-way floor standing loudspeaker does not need any mounting or installation work, just set it where you want it, make the connections, and enjoy the high quality audio. It provides 200 watts of continuous power and has a full complement of tweeters and midbass drivers to provide a balanced acoustic sound.

A discussion of home audio products would not be complete without mentioning computer speakers. If you would like to enjoy high quality sound while at your desk, the Boston Acoustics MM220 powered stereo system is a great addition. This pair of speakers will reproduce detailed sound while connected to any compatible media source such as an iPod or laptop computer. The BassTrac technology provides the low notes and the built-in ½” tweeters dish out the clean highs. They also include a front aux input for connecting a pair of headphones. The MM220 is an all around great speaker setup for your desktop computer or external media player.

That wraps up part 2 of our two-part series on Boston Acoustics home audio equipment. If you would like to get your hands on some of this equipment, order today and take the first step towards creating the home audio system of your dreams.

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