Tag: car stereos

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.


Sonic Electronix’s Best Deals of 2010

Kewood and Alpine Bass Package

The end of the year is an ideal time for electronic products.  This year is difficult to reminisce on without thinking of all of the great products that were released – and subsequently all of the fantastic deals.

A lot of great deals were brought up in 2010, but a constant favorite has been the Eclipse CD1200G.  This radio was manufactured with the idea to have an aftermarket radio with all of the great features, but none of the distracting looks.  This double-din aftermarket receiver looks very similar to what you would find in any stock vehicle, but with a few extra features.  Not only does it have iPod connectivity to expand your music selection, but also contains a bit of extra wattage to make your even your speakers sound better!

Adding bass to your vehicle can sometimes be a daunting task.  Compatibility is tough to consider and matching up different items with their counterparts can be difficult.  Another amazing deal from 2010 was the Sonic Electronix Exclusive Bass Packages.  Bass Packages are a great way to make sure everything you’re getting works together, sounds great, and can significantly reduce the price you pay for each of the components separately.  These bass packages even include wiring to connect everything up in your car, so you can get some bass in your vehicle without any difficulties of mismatching products.

Sometimes speakers can be the best replacement for a vehicle to provide exceptional sound quality and are important for setting up the sound stage in your vehicle.  Kenwood’s Performance Series of speakers are perfect for improving the audio quality in any vehicle!  With a urethane foam surround to for improved midrange and warmth, there’s no chance you’ll experience listening fatigue while under their spell.  The Kenwood Performance speakers are a great upgrade, and also a great gift for the Holidays.


CEA-2006 Compliant – Amplifiers

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Have you ever read the line that says “CEA-2006 compliant” on an amplifier’s features and thought to yourself, “I wonder what that means..”? CEA-2006 compliant is not just an advertising claim. If an amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant, that means that this amp has been tested by the Consumer Electronics Association to verify its ratings. By meeting the CEA 2006 standards, you can trust that the amplifier’s ratings are accurate. CEA 2006 tests the two most important amplifier ratings (and the two ratings that are the most likely to be fabricated): RMS Power (how loud it plays) and Signal-to-Noise ratio (how clearly it sounds). Both car amplifiers and car stereos undergo CEA 2006 testing in order to verify their external amp power rating. The CEA logo will appear on the boxes of products that meet the standards.

Are manufacturers required to submit their products to the CEA-2006 testing? Unfortunately, the answer is no. CEA-2006 testing is voluntary, so not all manufacturers send their products in for testing. Some manufacturers may overstate an amplifier’s power ratings to make it seem more powerful, and as a result, appear more valuable. This is why CEA-2006 testing is so important. In order to avoid buying amps with inflated power numbers, you should only believe the ratings of CEA tested products.

In order to make the testing uniform, CEA uses a standard that measures an amplifier’s RMS power and signal-to-noise ratio. This allows consumers to compare amplifiers across the industry. The consistency of the testing guarantees that all car amplifiers are measured equally, and most importantly, that they have accurate ratings. The CEA logo is officially licensed by the Consumer Electronics Association to guarantee that the product ratings comply with the CEA 2006 standard. Besides a CEA logo, CEA tested products mention CEA compliancy in the manual and on the manufacturer website. Avoid false marketing schemes and buy CEA tested products.


JVC KD-R200 and KD-R300 Car Stereos


By Chelsey P. – Sonic Electronix Writer

Looking for a new in-dash car audio receiver without all those extras? The JVC KD-R200 is perfect for you. It features a simple design that will get the job done in any situation. This particular head unit has a white dot-matrix display with customizable illumination depending on what menu you are in. Although this unit does not have built-in Bluetooth or Satellite radio capabilities, it still allows you to play CD and CD-RW’s along with MP3 and WMA files. And don’t think you will miss out on excellent sound either. The powerful internal MOSFET amplifier keeps your music sounding clean even with the volume turned all the way up. In addition to the amplifier, the KD-R200 has a 3-Band iEQ equalizer to tune your music, a low-pass filter and subwoofer control and a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter.

Wait, you say? You do want a CD Receiver with the works? Well, the JVC KD-R300 is a great way to kick off your new system. It has variable color illumination, which allows you to choose from over 30,000 color variations to match your vehicles interior. Just like the KD-R200, it plays CD’s, CD-R/RW’s, MP3 and WMA files. And you can even perfect your sound system with 3-Band parametric equalizer and loudness control for low-level listening.  There are multiple expandability options that can be added to this in-dash receiver. For example, you can add HD Radio, Bluetooth and even Satellite Radio. All of these expandability features are available with optional adapters.

Both of these JVC head units are great for first time audio enthusiasts looking to broaden their car audio system.