Tag: Car Amplifiers

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

High Output Alternators

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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Bluetooth Amps

RE Audio BT900.4

As the Sonic Electronix team walked around the International CES show in Las Vegas this year, one improvement in the car audio industry that stood out to us was the large amount of Bluetooth Car Amplifiers. In 2014, there were a couple Bluetooth Amps, such as the Kicker PXiBT amp and RE Audio’s BT900.4 amplifier. However, this year there were a lot more Bluetooth amps out on the show floor. Cerwin Vega, Infinity, JBL, as well as Kicker all released new Bluetooth Amps that are sure to change the way you listen to music in your vehicle! Each of these Bluetooth amps features cutting-edge technology which will improve your system.

1Seamless Connectivity

Bringing Bluetooth technology to car amplifiers enables an extreme ease of connectivity. Even if your car stereo does not have Bluetooth, these car amplifiers make it extremely easy to connect your device via Bluetooth. In addition, to make things even easier, most models feature one touch pairing technology.

2Even More Features

In addition to Bluetooth, most of these newly released Bluetooth amplifiers that came out this year, come with other features that you wouldn’t be able to find in a non-Bluetooth amplifier. For example, the Infinity & JBL Bluetooth car amplifiers include “party mode,” which allows the user to share DJ control with up to three devices. Kicker‘s new bluetooth IQ Series amplifiers feature compatibility with their IQI interface, which allows connecting Bluetooth with a microphone to up to four IQ amplifiers.

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New Infinity Kappa Amplifiers from CES

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Out on the show floor at the International CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Infinity has released their brand new Kappa Series of car amplifiers. Each of these amplifiers feature Dynamic Bass Optimization, which allows precision tuning of the bass frequencies in any system. In addition, they all feature an LED display on the amplifier as well as a small footprint, making the Kappa Series perfect for any install. However, the best part about these new amps is the Bluetooth connectivity feature on four of the models. This Bluetooth connectivity also features “party mode,” which shares DJ mode with up to three smartphones. We were definitely impressed with Infinity’s new Kappa amplifiers!

Infinity Kappa Car Amplifiers
Kappa Amplifiers

Product Features

  • Dynamic Bass Optimization
  • Available in Monoblock, 5 Channel, 4 Channel & 2 Channel
  • Ranging RMS Wattages from 200 Watts to 1000 Watts
  • Small Footprint to Allow Under Seat or Trunk Installation
  • LED Display on Amplifier
  • Small Dash Mounted Control Panel on Select Models
  • Select Models have Clari-Fi Technology which Analyzes Audio Files and Helps Rebuild What Was Lost During Compression; Improves Overall Sound Quality of Your Digital Music
  • Select Models have Bluetooth Connectivity with Party Mode to Share DJ Control on up to 3 Smartphones

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MB Quart Reference MYKRO Amplifiers

MB Quart RM10001

New to the 2013 Lineup is the brand new MB Quart Reference lineup – the Reference MYKRO. This is the first time the folks at MB Quart have gone with a full-range Class D Design. They are CEA-Compliant amplifiers designed to offer a small, compact install; but still retain big, heavy output.

MB Quart RM440.4

The new MB Quart Reference MYKRO amplifiers are
available in a 4-channel, 5-channel, and a monoblock configuration. All of them use Class D technology, and the four and five channel are both full-range Class D amps.

The new MB Quart Reference MYKRO amplifiers are available in a 4-channel, 5-channel, and a monoblock configuration. All of them use Class D technology, and the four and five channel are both full-range Class D amps.

Each amplifier has a Q-Stasis pre-amplifier circuitry stage. This circuitry rejects noise and assures that clean signal is introduced into the amplifier circuitry. The signal that comes into the amplifier from the source unit can vary widely and depending on the length of the RCA cable, there is a nerly certain chance f noise being injected into that signal wire. Signal from a head unit can be as low as 2 volts and as high as 8 volts. It is critical that an amplifier be able to balance this input signal without allowing noise into the circuit. The Q-Stasis Pre Amplifier Stage keeps the signal in balanced, quiet, and ready for the amplification circuit.

These amps are the definite choice for those limited with space in their installation, but still want have a clean, powerful amplifier. The Hybrid Class D topology is designed for a small footprint, but has exceptional sound quality.
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