Tag: Car Speakers

Cerwin-Vega HED Series Speakers – Great Sound at a Lovely Price

So you’ve got a vehicle, but the sound simply isn’t up to par. What do you do? Well, you upgrade your speakers of course!  Cerwin-Vega has made it easy and affordable to get the quality sound you’ve always wanted in your vehicle with the HED series coaxial and component car speakers.

Each woofer cone is composed of a polypropylene cone material which is accurate and lightweight so the speaker will have a greater transient response. The series is equipped with rubber speaker surrounds that help guide the movement of the cone in a perfectly linear fashion in order to preserve the accuracy of the music being produced. Each HED series speaker is equipped with a 19mm mylar dome tweeter that’s responsible for articulating super-high frequencies that pass the range of human hearing. All of these speaker components are driven by a powerful ferrite magnet and an aluminum voice coil that work to control the cone movement and to dissipate heat as quick as possible.

The HED Series car speakers are available in a 4”, 6.5”, 5” x 7” and 6” x 9” coaxial system, and a 5-1/4” and 6-1/2” component system. Both component sets feature a separate tweeter that can be flush mounted into the doors for optimal imaging of your music. Separate crossover networks are included which will blend the frequency spectrum of the mid-woofer to that of the tweeter for an ideal flat response. With relatively low power ratings, these speakers will sound great off the head-unit or even a small amplifier.

The entire HED lineup is constructed using quality parts and materials to ensure a long lasting driver that will forever sound great in your car or truck, so when it’s time for a little sound upgrade, don’t overlook the HED series by Cerwin-Vega. You can check out the whole line-up of speakers by visiting us at SonicElectronix.com!

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MB Quart ONYX Series Coaxial and Component Car Speakers

The MB Quart ONYX series speakers are designed to replace your factory door speakers and provide an all new quality that will liven up your listening experience. If music is important to you and you find yourself driving around frequently, then consider upgrading to the ONYX series.

Built with a polypropylene cone material, the woofers offer precise bass with warm tone for a natural sound the way the artist intended. Each speaker has either a separate or built-in 1” tweeter made from Silk. These tweeters are Dome shaped and optimized to blend evenly into the mid-woofer for an even sound spectrum. All ONYX speakers include butyl rubber surrounds that assist with the linear movement of the speaker cones. The high-temperature voice coils and magnet structures are perfect for those seeking to power them with the receiver, or even an aftermarket amplifier. Spade style terminals let you quickly attach the speaker wire before installation and will hold for years to come. The coaxial models are the OKC116, OKC168 and the OKC169 and include all of these features.

The component ONYX series: the OSC213 and the OSC216 both included 1” external tweeters that can be flush mounted into door pods for a better sound stage. External crossover networks are built with high quality parts to maintain an even blend of mid-range tone and high-frequency presence. Both component speakers include protective speaker grilles, and so does the 6-1/2” coaxial OKC116 mentioned earlier. With powering handling varying between 40 and 50 watts RMS per model, these speakers are perfect upgrades for the music lover looking for a little extra kick in their car or truck.

The ONYX speakers all feature wide frequency responses, shallow mounting depths and high sensitivity ratings, which makes them ideal for the do-it-yourselfer who simply wants some good sounding speakers. So, if you’re looking for a great sounding speaker and don’t necessarily want to add any amplifiers (or even if you do), check out the ONYX series component and coaxial speakers at the one and only SonicElectronix.com.

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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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Brief Look at the Basics of How Car Amplifiers Work

At some time you may wonder, how does a car amplifier work?  Car amplifiers enhance the signal that runs through the sound system and plays them through the speakers. There are many confusions and mix-ups about how a car amplifier works.

Car Amplifier Circuit Board

Car Amplifier Circuit Board

First, an electrical signal moves into the amplifier, through a circuit board, and out the other side through the speakers.  The electrical signal may originate from wherever the sound source is, such as the radio or from the CD player. These devices direct a signal to the circuit board.  The circuit board boosts the signal as it moves through the sound system of your car.

NVX JAD1200.1 Car Amplifier

NVX JAD1200.1 Car Amplifier

A frequently misinterpreted functioning of car amplifiers is their output.  The output of each car amplifier differs and can be determined very easily.  The RMS (root mean square) rating of the amplifier does not tell you very much about the amplifier because most amplifiers will only reach this level for a segment of a second at a time.  Instead, you can calculate the actual output of your amplifier by multiplying the peak output by 0.7 and then subtracting the amp’s announced peak performance number from the number you just calculated.

Kicker ZX500.1 Car Amplifier

Kicker ZX500.1 Car Amplifier

Another characteristic of the car amplifier that is normally mistaken is the bridging.  An amplifier that is bridged or can be bridged is simply an amplifier that can create one power supply out of the left and right power supplies.  This can significantly boost the power supply to one subwoofer.

When looking at bridgeable amplifiers the term “bridgeable” basically means that the amplifier has the ability to combine the left and the right channel wattage into a single output for one subwoofer. Many amplifiers are not bridgeable either way make sure to read the manufacturer’s recommendation before bridging the channels. To bridge an amplifier, simply place the negative cable of the speaker to the negative terminal of one channel, and the positive cable to the positive of the other. The united power will send the total of both channel’s power to one speaker.

Make sure to check out the vast amount of car amplifiers we have here at Sonic Electronix and find one compatible for your needs today.

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Want to hook up your own subwoofer?

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of research on car audio (being that I am one of the newest team members here at Sonic Electronix) and even though I highly recommend you get this done by a trained professional, there is always an opportunity to learn something new and try it yourself. Stereo systems are at least as simple as most other single accessory electrical systems, but they are still electrical systems. Physically wiring the system is the easiest part of installation. The rest of it is knowing what you’re working with and figuring out what to connect to what and in what way. But once you know what all those numbers and ratings on the amps and speakers mean, the process pretty much explains itself.

First and foremost you need to determine your amplifier’s minimum stable impedance  in ohms of resistance. You’ll typically find the stable impedance rating between 1 ohm for a powerful amp and 5 to 10 ohms for a less powerful one. The lower the amp’s stable ohm rating, the more power it can transmit through a single channel without frying. For this blog, I’m going to explain this if I were using an amplifier with a 2-ohm minimum staple impedance.

Now go ahead and check your subwoofer’s ohms of impedance. This works the same way as the amp does; a massive, powerful subwoofer has large coil windings that provide little resistance to power flow and a smaller speaker provides more resistance. This will determine whether you need to wire the subs in parallel or in series. Compare your amplifier’s ohm rating to the speakers. If the speaker ohm reading is lower than the amp’s, then connecting that single speaker directly to the amp output will fry your amp. You’ll need another speaker and you’ll need to connect the speakers in a series circuit instead of a parallel circuit.

Connect a parallel circuit in just the way you’d think ( positive to positive and negative to negative). As long as none of the speakers in your system have a lower ohm rating than the amp, then you’ll want to connect them directly to the amp terminals. This will give you the best chance at nailing down the ground pounding power you are looking for.

Connect the first part a series circuit by wiring the positive lead of one speaker to the positive terminal on your amp. Connect the negative terminal on that speaker to the positive terminal on the next in your series. If you only need two speakers to meet your amp’s minimum impedance, then connect the negative terminal on the second speaker to the negative terminal on your amp.

Wire as many speakers into the series as you need to meet your amp’s minimum amp impedance. Connect them all positive to negative with the positive and negative terminals on the speakers on the ends of your series connected to the appropriate terminals on your amp.

Now do remember that every car is different, so if you have any questions feel free to contact us here and Sonic Electronix and we’d love to help you out. Of course it’s going to be a little intimidating, but please make sure that you never work on your cars electrical system unless you are absolutely comfortable with it.

Make sure to check out all of our subwoofers here at Sonic Electronix, our Subwoofer Olympics Event, and look into starting your next project now!

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