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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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Infinity BassLink SM Shallow Mount Powered Car Subwoofer

One of the great new products that Infinity™ introduced at the International CES show this year was their completely redesigned BassLink SM. The BassLink is a shallow mount powered car subwoofer. This compact, under the seat subwoofer is designed to improve the bass performance in vehicles while putting the richness back into the music. In addition, the BassLink SM’s small housing makes it possible to add bass to your vehicle without taking  up a whole bunch of space. In fact, you can even install it under your car seat!


Infinity Basslink SM

  • Compact, Long Excursion, 8-Inch Subwoofer
  • Class D 80W Amplification
  • Extremely Shallow Design
  • Fits Underneath or Behind Car Seat
  • Beautiful, Sleek Design
  • Easy Installation


 

The release of this brand new BassLink design definitely impressed us. The last model of Infinity’s BassLink powered car subwoofer was a much bigger design, with a 10″ subwoofer and a much wider housing. We love the new BassLink design and the fact that it adds excellent bass to your vehicle – at a great price! The BassLink SM powered car subwoofers will be available for purchase at Sonic Electronix sometime in April. Until next time, we’ll cya later!

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