Tag: car stereos

BOSS Audio: Your Budget Build Option


Need a centerpiece for your system, But want the features not the price? BOSS Audio has got you covered. Pump up your system with a new stereo without breaking the bank by checking out BOSS Audio’s extensive catalog of in-dash receivers. From the time of this post, only taking into account that which is “in stock”, SonicElectronix has over five dozen options to choose from, ensuring that there is an option for any application.


1Easily Connect Your Phone for Under $50.00


Its doesn’t get more universal than a 3.5mm Auxiliary Input. Often times, that’s all a system needs, a means to connect your phone. In this new age of car audio systems Phones and MP3 players have replaced CDs as the source of all our music. All it takes is one inexpensive cable, and you’ve got all your favorite tunes at your finger tips.


Boss Audio Headunits w/ Auxiliary Input

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Under $50.00


2Kick It Up A Notch and Go Bluetooth for Less Than $100.00


What is more convenient than One cable to connect your device? How about NO CABLE! BOSS Audio makes it affordable to go wireless. Bluetooth has never been easier to use than it is today. Once paired, you can leave your device in your pocket and never have to worry about leaving it in your car when you step out.

Boss Audio Headunits w/ Bluetooth

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Under $100.00


2Go Multi-Media, Add Touchscreen and a DVD Player for under $150.00


Why stop at Music? Get a little fancy and add video to your setup! BOSS Audio has a great selection of In-Dash Car DVD Players that will suit anyone’s needs, preference, and style. So instead of simply listening to music, why not watch a Music Video instead? Going on a long trip? Pop in a movie! Get extra creative, and send that video signal to 50 monitors!

Boss Audio DVD Headunits

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Under $150.00


Free Extended Warranty!

Don’t forget, When you purchase a qualifying Boss Audio Systems product from SonicElectronix, an “Authorized Platinum Online Dealer”, you instantly qualify for a free extended warranty on the Boss Audio Systems product you purchased! That mean you get a total of 3 Years with the purchase of a headunit.

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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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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:


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.


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.


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.


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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Black Friday Rewind Sale Brings Low Prices… Again

Black Friday Rewind Sale at Sonic Electronix

Did you miss the 2010 Black Friday sale at Sonic Electronix? If you answered yes, then you are not alone. While individuals from around the world took advantage of the low low prices that Sonic offered the day after American Thanksgiving, there were many that were too busy to find time to research what they wanted and place their orders. That is why Sonic is looking to the past and bringing back the 2010 Black Friday sale!

Sonic has even gone the extra mile to bring better deals to this sale. While some of the items on the Black Friday sale are now sold out, they have been replaced with new items and newly reduced prices. Saving money is the key here and that’s what Sonic helps their loyal customers do best. Head on over to the Black Friday Rewind Sale and find out what you have been missing.

Some of the new deals on this retro deal include the Vibe Audio Black Air 10 subwoofer. If you have been reading this blog consistently, you will know that Sonic are big fans of the new Vibe audio equipment. These Black Air subwoofers feature a yellow polyglass cone and a custom Vibe dust cap. Handling 450 RMS, it is a great solution to a basic audio system while still delivering excellent sound quality. Another standout deal is the Jensen HD5313IR car stereo. When looking at the features of this name brand radio, one would think that the price tag would be twice as high. Built-in HD Radio and complete iPod integration are standard on this unit. The CEA-2006 compliant amplifier ensures that the output to the speakers remains accurate and constant. Features like all of this can be found on similar units, but for a much higher price. Sonic and Jensen is offering all of this for under $100 for this exclusive Black Friday rewind sale.


USB: The Present and Future of Car Stereos

Kenwood KIV-BT900 USB iPod Car Stereo Digital Media Receiver

The past several years have introduced many cutting-edge and grand technological advancements in the world of car audio. From complete iPod integration to Pandora interfaces, it seems like the car stereo has a solution for just about any type of audio source. If you take a look back a few years you will notice two great advancements that made connection of portable media possible: the auxiliary cable and the USB interface. The auxiliary input became a standard and quickly become popular. Any device with an audio source could then be listened to inside a car and throughout the car’s audio system. While this was a great breakthrough in terms of portable audio integration, the better was yet to come. Today we have USB ports on many of the car stereos and this opened an entire new world of audio integration.

So what can you use with an USB port on an in-dash car stereo? The technology was primarily driven by the consumers demand to have a iPod compatible Car Stereo. On the majority of units with a USB port, complete iPod/iPhone integration is made possible. Once connected, the user is able to have complete access to the iPod via the car stereo. That means you can hide the iPod in the glove box and still be able to play the music from it. But the technology doesn’t stop at Apple. USB interfaces also allow music to be played back from flash drives, thumb drives, SD cards (via USB-to-SD adapter), and even hard drives. Of course the stereo itself has to be able to read the files and formats in order for it to work properly, but this is becoming the standard for USB integration.

Another impressive features is the ability to connect a USB hub to a single USB port. Consider the Kenwood KIV-BT900. This single DIN unit has one rear USSB port. However, you can connect that port to a USB hub and that single port can turn into a 3 USB media center. Connect 2 thumb drives and an iPod and you are set for as much music as you could ever want. For those that have a “want it all” attitude, the new generation of USB capable car stereos are a must.