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When to Upgrade Your Vehicle’s Electrical System

Your vehicle’s electrical system is crucial to your vehicle’s audio system and how it sounds and performs. Wiring, your car’s alternator, as well as your car’s batteries are all important factors when it comes to your vehicle’s electrical system. In this blog article, we will go over some guidelines to follow when it comes to how and when to upgrade your vehicle’s electrical system. If ya’ll still have questions regarding your vehicle’s electrical system, feel free to comment in the section below this article and we will do our best to help you upgrade your electrical system.

1Upgrading Your Alternator

High Output Alternators

First of all, upgrading your alternator does depend on the type of vehicle you’re working with as well as how much wattage your car audio system needs. But, when it comes to upgrading the alternator, in our experts’ professional opinion, if you are dealing with a system that is anywhere over 1000 watts, it might be a good idea to upgrade your alternator- especially if you are adding more batteries to your car’s electrical system. The key takeaway is that its always better to have too much power than too little power. So, make sure you also have a sufficient amount of batteries to power your system.

2Upgrading Your Car Battery

Car Batteries at Sonic Electronix

It is important to your audio system that you have an adequate amount of batteries powering your system. If not, your system cannot run efficiently. It is recommended that if  you add an amplifier to your system,  you should add a secondary battery as well. And as you add more components to your car audio system, pay attention to how much power your system needs in order to run without failing and add a secondary battery or upgrade your battery accordingly.

3Using a Capacitor

A capacitor is a temporary storage tank for electricity, which charges and discharges electricity at a high speed. Although a capacitor won’t add any additional power to your car audio system, once the capacitor is charged up, it will help stabilize the voltage by providing quick bursts of electricity during peak power demands. Adding a capacitor can fix occasional headlight dimming or other electrical issues within your vehicle. However, their primary use is to help provide your amplifier with a consistent voltage for improved performance. Although capacitors can act as a quick fix solution to your electrical system’s power output, they are usually not recommended. Instead, our experts suggest recommend a secondary battery, as a battery holds power more permanently. However, if you are going to install a capacitor, make sure to get one that is well built, such as NVX’s XCAP1F.

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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

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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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Top 3 Marine Audio Receivers with Bluetooth

Marine Audio

Whether you’re building a brand new marine audio system, or replacing an old marine stereo, you’ll want to purchase a receiver that has all the features you need to listen to your music out on the water – as well as a design that protects it from the harsh marine environment. Specially made marine stereo systems have completely water resistant designs, are UV resistant, are designed with anti-corrosive components, and most feature large buttons so that they are easy to control in a moving boat. In addition, marine audio receivers come with a wide variety of ways to listen to your music – including auxiliary inputs, Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth to listen wirelessly. So, without further hesitation, here are the top three marine audio receivers with Bluetooth technology!

1JBL PRV175

The JBL PRV175 in-dash digital media round receiver with Bluetooth is the perfect marine audio receiver for any boat. Not only does it feature Bluetooth technology, but you can also play music off of it through USB or an SD card. It features a fully water resistant design and a very simple interface with easy to use controls and a one-line LCD display.PRV175 Marine Audio Receiver

  • 2-Way iPod Control Allows Control from iPod or Stereo
  • White Illuminated Button Lighting
  • Compatible with Apple iPhone 5 and iOS 6 Software
  • Rear Aux Input
  • AM/FM Radio

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2Infinity PRV250

Next up is Infinity’s PRV250 in-dash marine digital receiver with Bluetooth. This receiver is a lot like the PRV175, however it is a bit bigger and features a square design instead of round. The PRV250 features a USB rear input, AM/FM radio, a marine-rated watertight faceplate and controls that are sure to stand up to sun, salt and moisture, and much more.Infinity PRV250 Marine Receiver

  • Single-Line LCD Display
  • White Illuminated Button Lighting
  • 2-Band Parametric Equalizer
  • 3.5mm Rear Auxiliary Input
  • 2 Sets of 2V Preamp Outputs

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3Sony MEX-M70BT

Last, but certainly not least, is the Sony MEX-M70BT single DIN in-dash marine stereo receiver with built-in Bluetooth technology. This stereo is a bit different than the others, as it features a classic single-DIN car stereo look- but this also means that unlike the other receivers, you can play CD’s on your boat. This marine receiver is a high tech, quality stereo and is perfect for any type of boat. The MEX-M70BT features one-touch Bluetooth device pairing using NFC technology, conformal circuit board coating to protect the unit from the harsh marine environment, UV resistant coating, and an included remote control. What’s special about this stereo is that, unlike the others, you can play CD’s Sony MEX-M70BT Marine Receiveron it!

  • CEA-2006 Compliant Amplifier
  • Theft-Deterrent, Detachable Face Plate
  • 10-Band Equalizer
  • Front USB and 3.5mm Auxiliary Inputs
  • Pandora Internet Radio Control through iPhone and Android Smartphones

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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:

1Messages

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.

2Music

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.

3Maps

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.

4Phone

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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The 3 Best Over the Ear Headphones Under $100

Over the Ear Headphones

Over ear headphones definitely have some great advantages over on ear or in ear headphones when it comes to getting the best sound out of  your headphones. Their enclosed ear design allow you to really get lost in your music, since they are more noise cancelling or noise isolating than on ear or in ear earphones. In addition, their design which surrounds the ear allows for excellent sound quality and better bass response. If you are an audiophile, recording artists, musician, or DJ, over ear headphones will allow you to accurately hear your music in the studio or on stage. However, for those who do not want to spend a fortune on quality personal audio, you don’t have to! Here are the three best over the ear headphones under $100.


 

1NVX XPT100

NVX Audio XPT100

Number one on our list are NVX’s XPT100 studio over ear headphones. If you are looking for excellent sound quality with outstanding comfort from your headphones, these are an excellent choice.  The XPT100’s feature 42mm neodymium drivers which deliver your music accurately and with even tonality. Their ComfortMax cushion earpads provide superior comfort while isolating outside noise to reduce interference and create a quiet listening environment. In addition, they include a 1/4″ adapter for studio mixing as well as other musical applications.

2Sennheiser HD419

Sennheiser HD419

Sennheiser’s HD419 over ear headphones are another pair of incredible enclosed ear headphones under $100 which feature impeccable sound and powerful, dynamic bass. You can expect efficient isolation of ambient noise with their closed circumaural design. In addition, the HD419 over the ear headphones feature an extremely comfortable design for long listening sessions with their adjustable headband and soft, luxurious velour earpads.

3Limitless Creations HP3BK

Limitless Creations HP3BK

Last on our list, but certainly not least, are Limitless Creations’ HP3BK over ear professional studio monitoring headphones. These high performance over the ear headphones feature a light weight, comfortable, and elegant design which feature ultra-soft memory foam and protein leather ear pads for extended listening sessions. In addition, they provide excellent sound quality and low hitting bass with their 45mm dynamic drivers that deliver crystal clear mids, highs, and low hitting bass for an unmatchable listening experience.

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