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2008 Scosche Subaru STI At CES 2013

I don’t know about you guys, but I like to go fast. However, there is one thing I like more than going fast: Going fast with lots of bass. This year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Scosche came out strong with a fully loaded 2008 Subaru STI Hatchback with an impressive audio system that caught the eyes of many.

It is fully equipped with two 10″ HD subwoofers with an impressive custom enclosure.  It also has 5 sets of HD Series speakers powered by three HDA8004 four-channel amplifiers and two HDA8002 two-channel amplifiers for the subs. To top it off, there is a car stereo with wireless app control and a convenient custom iPad mount in the trunk strategically located with the subs and amps.

Audio upgrades aren’t the only thing present on this all-wheel drive beauty.  It comes complete with upgraded upholstery, surf rack, and carbon fiber lip kit.  Performance parts are plentiful with performance exhaust, cold air intake, coil overs and a sway bar. This would be quite a car to own.

As an added bonus, the folks at Scosche used hyperflex accumat to sound dampen areas such as door panels resulting in drastically reduced outside noise from the road and engine.  This tricked out subby is completely capable of handling extreme weather conditions and anyone would be satisfied with the level of sound quality the system provides.  This is just one of the many specticals to be discovered the year’s biggest electronics expo.  Stay tuned for more coverage of CES 2013!


Block Your Driving Bad Habits with Scosche’s Newest Innovation

cellCONTROLDriving and texting are really two things that don’t go together. In this era of technology and information it can be hard to resist the urge to stay connected, even while driving 65 MPH on a crowded highway. If you’re guilty of over-checking your phone, or have a teen who you want to stop from texting and driving there is a new device by Scosche which will block your some of your phones features while driving.

CellCONTROL is designed by Scosche and will block select features while driving such as text messages, e-mail, internet, camera, and other applications. It still allows hands-free calling and music so you can keep enjoying your phones safer features.

In order to set up this system in your vehicle there are three steps required. You’ll need to register online with Scosche. After that, you just need to download their application on the phone and plug the dongle into your vehicle. The dongle plugs straight into the OBD-II interface on your vehicle. (If your vehicle is a 1996 model or later, you should have this port.) The dongle will sense when the vehicle is moving and will activate the software on the phone via Bluetooth. This will block the bad habit apps and features and keep the user much more focused and safe on the road.

The software is compatible with phones using Android 2.1 and above, all Blackbery 4.5 and above, all Windows Mobile 5 and 6, all Symbian S60 (3rd Edition) and select Brew and BREWMP systems. The mobile phone must have a data plan to use the software. The system is not compatible with the iPhone. Stop the urge to check your phone and keep yourself safer while on the road with Scosche’s cellCONTROL.


Custom Fabricated Installation Products at Sonic Electronix

The Install Bay Heat Shrinking Flexible Polyolefin Tubing

You may already know that Sonic Electronix carries car audio products such as head units, amplifiers, subwoofers and speakers from some of the top manufacturers in the world. What you may not know is that we also carry products like adhesives, glues, sealers, heat shrinking tube, speaker rings and all the hardware/accessories you need for custom fabricated sound systems. There is a lot that goes into creating a custom sound system and nothing ever goes as planned, so the best thing you can do is be completely prepared for the tough task ahead of you.

Adhesives, glues and sealers can be an installers best friend when putting together a custom fabricated sound system. These adhesives are especially important when creating a custom enclosure for your subwoofers. Scosche is one of the manufactures we carry that produces adhesives and glues for almost application. If you’re looking to add carpet to your enclosure, the Scosche SAE Economy Spray Adhesive is perfect for that with its precise spray control and high strength bond.

When putting a custom sound system in your ride, you have to run a lot of wires running from the engine compartment, through your vehicle, and in most cases, back to the trunk. All those wires can look very messy, the solution for that is heat shrink tubing. Heat shrink tubing is a sleeve generally made of nylon or polyolefin, which shrinks in diameter when heated. There are three main categories of heat shrink tubing, thin-wall, medium-wall and thick-wall tube. It provides insulation, abrasion resistance, protection and allows you to bundle wires together for a clean look. Sonic carries some of the best heat shrink tubing from The Install Bay manufacturer that is high quality and very affordable. It also comes in different diameters depending on how much wire you actually need it for.

When building a custom enclosure for your speakers and subwoofers, you will need speaker rings. Having your speakers and subwoofers fit your ring tightly is one of the most important aspects of building a great sounding box. Loose speakers & subs in your ring will cause them to sound airy and not perform like they were attended to. The Install Bay manufacture these speaker rings in many different sizes to fit your speakers and subs perfectly and are ideal for custom fiberglass enclosures.

So don’t think of Sonic as just selling the so called “attractive” items only. We have everything you need to make that custom fabricated sound system installation go smoothly.


Factory Stereo OEM Integration

Factory Stereo OEM Integration

In the past 25 years, there has been a drastic change in the type of car stereo systems that vehicle manufacturers have been incorporating into their new models of cars. Most premium models of new cars are built with high quality In-Dash CD players that you simply cannot remove without re-doing the whole system because it is part of the vehicle’s network. However, this does not mean that you have to settle for the lack of extra features the factory radio contains. To keep up with today’s technology, manufacturers such as Scosche, Metra, PAC, iSimple, Axxess and many others created convenient OEM Integration products. These integration products allow you to add on some of today’s most sought aftermarket components such as Bluetooth, GPS Navigation, iPod, HD Radio, Amplifiers, Subwoofers, and much more with the benefits keeping the factory receiver. In most cases, factory receivers are built with higher quality components than aftermarket headunits and usually last just as long as the vehicle itself.

Now-a-days, with the “no cell phone use while driving” law, the most popular add-on most people want to integrate into their vehicle is Handsfree Bluetooth. No matter what vehicle you drive, there is a very good chance there is a Bluetooth Integration product that will work for you. This is all made possible by companies like Metra, Scosche, and PAC who created easy plug-in harness’s that are compatible today’s most popular Bluetooth Handfree Kits. First you will need to purchase a Handsfree kit like the Parrot MKi9000 if you don’t have one already. The next step would be to find the harness that is compatible with your car and Bluetooth Kit, get it installed, and that’s it, you have yourself Bluetooth with a factory system.

With CD’s almost becoming a thing of the past, most people keep all their music on their iPods. Luckliy, these same great companies I have mentioned above, also make iPod interfaces kits that allow you to connect an iPod or an iPhone to your factory stereo with simple plug-n-play installation. One quality interface you can use is the iSimple PXDP. The PXDP is a universal iPod Interface that allows you to control an iPod directly from the factory radio and is compatible with most popular makes of vehicles. Most iPod interfaces do require a vehicle specific harness to install.

If you are not completely satisfied with the sound quality of your factory car audio system, it is possible to add an amplifier, speakers, or even a subwoofer to your vehicle without changing the factory receiver. To add an amplifier, all you need is the amp of your choice, a matching extension cable, and a vehicle specific T-harness to avoid having to splice into your factory wiring. Blaupunkt is known for making quality vehicle specific amplifier solutions that provide a crisp, clean sound to your factory system.

If you’re looking to add some bass to your factory system, but don’t want to lose any precious cargo space, MTX has come to your rescue. The MTX Thunderform Enclosures are custom fit solutions that are designed specifically to fit into a convenient spot in your vehicle. They come in a pre-loaded or an empty option and are made for mostly all makes and models of vehicles.

OEM integration is the best way to keep your factory system while adding on any aftermarket component that you may desire. Whether it be adding a CD Changer, iPod integration, Bluetooth, HD Radio, Amplifier, Speakers, Subwoofers, or more, it can all be accomplished while keeping your vehicles dash untouched.


Winners Announced in Sonic Electronix Facebook February Giveaway

Sonic Electronix has a quickly expanding Facebook page where customers and other car audio enthusiasts can get together and talk about all of their audio related questions and post pictures of their awesome products and builds. It’s also a great place in which Sonic Electronix offers different contests and discounts towards certain products. Last month, there was a February Giveaway that allowed customers to win plenty of different prizes offered from Scosche.

In order to sign up for this giveaway all that was required to go to the Discussions page on the Sonic Electronix Facebook and post a few things a few reasons why they like Sonic Electronix. After one month of customer feedback and posting, winners were randomly selected to win the prizes.

The Grand Prize was the Scosche IALM2 Stereo Alarm Clock for the iPod. This Stereo Alarm Clock allows you to wake up your iPod or iPhone, or just use it for playing back music through the speakers. The First runner up prize winner received a Scosche dashDOCK which is a universal dock for your car dashboard. This universal dock allows the mounting of mobile devices in a convenient place on your dash. The second runner up prize was the Scosche slip SYNC keychain. This sleek extendable sync cable is for the iPod or iPhone which allows you to connect to a USB port. It also has an extendable and retractable design to stay as compact as possible. Sonic Electronix had such a great turn out with this Facebook event that they even decided to give more prizes away! Three extra winners were chosen to receive Sonic Electronix T-Shirts of their sizes. For more information about the prizes and winners of the Sonic Electronix Facebook February Giveaway, check out the Sonic Electronix Facebook page.

This was just one of the many contests Sonic Electronix is hosting on Facebook, so keep an eye in the future for more exclusive Facebook contests on the Sonic Electronix Facebook page.