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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

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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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.

5Relocate

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

                                                                                                 – Nick C.

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2015 Cars with Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is the latest technology in iPhone integration and offers a powerful way to interface your iPhone device with your car stereo. It’s interface is designed to match your iPhone’s interface, so it is exceptionally easy to use for any iPhone owner. Compatible with all iPhone 5 and 6 models, Apple CarPlay is designed for the car, makes your life easier and creates a safer driving experience. Apple CarPlay will soon be available in select 2015 vehicles from a variety of makes, such as Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, and many more.

But what if you want Apple CarPlay without purchasing a brand new car? Well, we have good newsApple CarPlay for you! You can now add CarPlay to your current car with an Apple CarPlay aftermarket radio from Pioneer or Alpine.  Both of these car audio brands are releasing aftermarket car stereo models which feature Apple CarPlay as well as many other features such as Bluetooth hands free technology, touchscreens, and GPS navigation. With these high tech CarPlay head units, you can effortlessly integrate your iPhone with your car stereo. With Siri Eyes Free mode, you can navigate through your phone and other apps by voice command, enabling you to keep your eyes on the road – and hands on the wheel! You can get directions through maps, make and receive calls and messages, and listen to your favorite music without ever having to fumble with your iPhone. To learn more, read our Apple CarPlay Knowledge Base Article.


 

Apple CarPlay Highlights:

1Messages

Siri can read, send, and reply to your text messages for you, so you never have to look at your iPhone while trying to focus on the road.

2Music

Access your songs, artists, playlists, and iTunes Radio using your stereo’s controls. Or tell Siri what you’d like to listen to. CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you’ve downloaded to your iPhone such as Beats Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and more.

3Maps

The power and simplicity of Apple Maps, featuring turn‑by‑turn directions, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.

4Phone

Make calls, return missed calls, and listen to your voicemail. You can do this through the Phone app on the CarPlay stereo, or ask Siri to do them for you.


 

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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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