Tag: car audio

Why You Should Shop At Sonic Electronix

 

The X-Factor

You might be asking, “Why would someone at Sonic Electronix write a blog about why you should shop at Sonic Electronix?”  Well, the first reason is simply because we are just that awesome (a somewhat biased opinion, but still). Secondly, we are aware that many people don’t just exactly what goes on behind the scenes here at Sonic.  As an internet retailer, a majority of our customers never even get to meet or have any interaction with our staff.  Although we do have a will call office in our California location, we ship worldwide and only a small fraction of our customers are able to come visit us.  However, we have an excellent call center that is open 7 days a week so we are always a phone call away. We are like a big car audio family and if you’ve seen our Facebook page or YouTube channel, then you’ll know that we’re full of personality and like to have fun while simultaneously helping you!

Our staff now consists of over 150 employees

I’ve worked for Sonic for 2 years now and so many things have changed since I started here.  One of the biggest changes is the addition of our full-service installation bay.  If you’re fortunate enough to live in southern Cali then you can drop by and get pretty much anything installed (amps, subs, stereos, video monitors, custom-made boxes, etc.).  If you’re out of reach, fear not! We have an absolutely fantastic tech support team that is able to answer any possible tech question you may have on your mind.  (Trust me when I say they’re good – they have even helped me install my remote start after my many failed attempts). One of the many benefits of being a Sonic customer – you get free tech support for life on every product you purchase from us.

Our two warehouse locations have a combined total of 100,000 square feet

We have warehouses in California and Kentucky which translates to very fast shipping times.  In addition, our warranty & returns process is among the best in the business, as we take pride in getting any issues resolved as quickly as possible.  We truly believe here that a little customer service goes a long way, and when you shop with us you’ll be a customer for life.  We show no sign of slowing down and we continue to grow and offer new products everyday.  We are truly passionate about what we do and whether you like it or not we are here to stay for a very long time.

Check out our about us video to get an even more in-depth look inside our culture!

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Put an iPad Mini In Your Dash!

 

Apple recently announced the iPad Mini and of course everyone has to have one now.  I prefer to call it an iPod Jumbo but that’s besides the point.  If you follow our Youtube channel, then you probably saw our Nexus 7 tablet install in a Dodge Ram.  This is a similar idea to this installation but the iPad mini allows you to do a few things differently. The iPad Mini is almost exactly the same size as a double DIN stereo so putting in almost any car is a possibility.

One thing that is different with an iPad in-dash install is that you can now connect to overhead and headrest monitors easier by the use of Apple’s lightning connector-to-HDMI adapter.  This makes the conversion very simple and the installation all the more efficient.  Obviously, the installation will be different in every vehicle and as a result will require custom installation.  The iPad mini can serve as a great navigation unit not to mention all of the endless apps that can assist you while you’re crusin’ down the road.  If you get really creative, then you can add other inputs like a possible back-up camera.  If you’re lucky enough to live near our installation bay in Santa Clarita, California, then we can fabricate a custom bezel for your dash to accommodate your vehicle. Even if you’re not close to us, this will be a very popular aftermarket mod that a lot of shops will be more than willing to accomplish for you.  We will be doing an installation video for the iPad Mini just as we did with the Nexus 7 so be on the look-out!

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Everything to Know About Fuses

Don’t Refuse the Fuse!

ATC Fuse

ATC Fuse

We’ve all heard of them but few people actually understand how they work.  Fuses are an absolutely essential part of any car audio system.  You can think of them as pawns in a chess game since they act as sacrificial tools in order to protect your amplifier or battery (your King and Queen).  They are low resistance and provide over current protection.  Basically inside a fuse, there is a thin metal strip and depending on the fuse rating it will be thinner or thicker.  If there is excessive current the fuse will blow the metal strip and interrupt the electrical circuit in order to prevent overheating or catching on fire. 

ANL Fuse

ANL Fuse

AGU Fuse

AGU Fuse

There are many different type of fuses but some are more popular than others.  The first to mention is ANL/AFS fuses.  Mini ANL and AFS are basically the same thing with their wafer style design.  These fuses are used in fuse holders and are run in-line between the battery and the amplifier.  Depending on the RMS wattage of your amplifier, you will require a different fuse rating.  Failure to use the right sized fuse will have dire consequences!  ANL fuses are larger and range from 100 to 300 amps while AFS fuses are smaller ranging from 40 to 125.  Remember that ANL fuses have the highest capacity of any fuse type so these are ideal for high wattage systems.  Another type is ATC and ATM fuses which are used for your vehicles fuse box for applications such as your interior dome lights or headlights.

Circuit Breaker

Circuit breakers are an alternative to fuses

Then there are MAXI fuses which are essentially a larger version of the ATC fuse.  Last but not least is the AGU fuses which are glass tubes instead of bladed like all of the other ones listed.  AGU fuses are used for small to medium sized amps which range from 30 to 100 amps and are included with numerous amp kits.  Another alternative is using a circuit breaker which is unlike a fuse in that it does not need to be replaced.  Circuit breakers are simply reset either manually or automatically in order to continue normal operations.

Don’t be the person that decides to connect their amplifier straight to the battery without at fuse.  Not only will you destroy your system, but you’ll look like a noob!

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iPhone 5 is Almost Here!

The Wait is Almost Over!

iPhone 5

Apple fans rejoice!  It is once again time to wait in excruciatingly long lines for the latest version of the world’s most successful smartphone.  The iPhone 4 was released over a year ago so it was just a matter of time before we got to see the next one. The iPhone 5 is delightfully improved from the previous model in many ways:

  • Has an increased screen size of 4″ & lighter and thinner design
  • Increased WiFi speeds and network connectivity
  • New A6 Chip for increased battery life and CPU Performance up to twice as fast
  • New lightning connector has less pins for increased durability
  • iSight Camera has Panoramic capabilities and enhanced HD video recording
  • 4G LTE wireless technology
  • 3D Navigation with “fly over effect”
lightning Connector

The new and improved Lightning Connector has 8-pins opposed to the traditional 30 pins.

Apple will be releasing an adapter (sold separately) for those of you worried about the new connector not being compatible with previous accessories.  This is good news for the car audio industry as well.  All of these new features will allow aftermarket companies to integrate the new features such as the 3d mapping onto units like a future Pioneer App Radio 3 or equivalent.  Additionally, the 4G LTE technology will allow app integration in OEM and aftermarket headunits to run much more smoothly and at faster speeds. The iPhone 5 presale starts Friday, September 14th and will start shipping on the 21st.  Once the iPhone 5 is released expect us to sell all of the available aftermarket accessories for it such as cases and docks.  We can’t wait to get our hands on it and neither should you!

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Car Audio Equipment Ideal for Hip-Hop/Rap Music

Ever wonder as to whether or not it makes a difference as to what type of sound system you have in your vehicle that truly fits with the type of music you listen to? Well the truth is that yes, there is quite a significance in sound quality dependent upon pairing up the right equipment to fit into what style of music you prefer to listen to.

Kicker C104 10" Subwoofer

Kicker C104 10" Subwoofer

The best car speakers for Hip Hop music should be designated to make your songs sound great. Hip Hop sounds best on a system that has the ability to create good bass notes and strong midrange sound. The bass notes are vital to make sure the beat is clear through the song. The midrange notes will make the lyrics and backup crisp and powerful.

Earthquake Sound TNT-12S 12" Subwoofer

Earthquake Sound TNT-12S 12" Subwoofer

The best speakers for bass are clearly subwoofers or “subs.” 10 inch or 12 inch subs will hit the bass notes that are too low for standard speakers. When you turn up the bass in a car without subs the music becomes distorted and doesn’t sound right. Add the extra bass of a subwoofer, and it sounds accurate to its production. That’s the extra power of the larger speakers coming in to give the bass an extra hit.

JL Audio TR600-CXi 6" Speakers

JL Audio TR600-CXi 6" Speakers

For midrange, a good set of 6 inch speakers will fill out the system very nicely. This will combine with the subs giving your favorite songs the quality sound you deserve. 6 by 9 speakers are a little more expensive, but they are even niftier than 6 inch speakers and have a little better range. If you can fit it in your budget, they are a great choice.

Pioneer TS-A6994R 6" x 9" Speakers

Pioneer TS-A6994R 6" x 9" Speakers

With these 2 basic components, you’ll be sure to have a great sounding car stereo. If it’s in your budget you might even consider adding a basic set of tweeters, but they aren’t as important because high notes aren’t as common in Hip Hop as they are in other types of music.

Make sure you check out all of our car audio equipment here at Sonic Electronix, and make sure you find the right system that will truly bring out the definition of your choice in music while you are on the road.

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