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eBay Headliner!

eBay is an American multinational internet consumer to consumer corporation that manages eBay.com, which is an online auction and shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell a broad variety of goods and services worldwide. Sonic Electronix is proud to learn that eBay has recognized CEO and Founder Nathaniel Victor and the rest of the Sonic Electronix team for featuring our company on their homepage and what they mention as our “inspirational story.”

While attending high school his hometown of Bakersfield, California, Nathaniel built Sonic Electronix from the ground up with extreme determination, hard work, and most importantly, passion. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is now headquartered in Santa Clarita, California, just 40 minutes north of Los Angeles. Founded in 2000, Sonic Electronix has always strived to become the premiere online shopping destination for car electronics and other consumer electronics.

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Install Your Car Audio Capacitors

There are many reasons why you may have just bought a capacitor. Maybe your headlights on your car are reducing, or that you simply decide to purchase a capacitor as a cautionary measure. Now comes the important part, how do you exactly install a car audio capacitor? After a little research I found that it actually isn’t as difficult as it may seem.

Before installing a capacitor, you must definitely charge it to avoid blowing fuses. To do so, use a voltmeter with a resistor to charge your audio capacitor. Once the voltmeter shows 12 volts, the power capacitor is done charging. Now you can proceed to wiring the capacitor in correspondence with your car amplifier.

Wiring One Car Capacitor

Wiring One Car Capacitor

Use a 4-8 gauge wire dependent on the size of your capacitor. A car audio capacitor has two terminals, positive and negative. Attach the positive terminal to both the amplifier’s and car battery’s positive terminal, and the negative terminal to the ground. It’s very important to make sure the ground wire is secure to the vehicle’s metal frame.

Deciding where to mount the capacitor solely depends on your car. It should be installed in a safe place away from passengers. Many assume that the capacitor should be fixed as close as possible to the amplifier to lessen the stretch of the wire. This assumption this will improve performance by cutting down the distance it takes the current to travel, and theoretically lessen losses. An alternative outlook suggests installing the capacitor closer to the component suffering from a voltage shortage, such as the headlights. Whatever installation method chosen, the idea is to hook up the capacitor to the amplifier terminals, the battery, or the distribution block.

Wiring Two Car Capacitor

Wiring Two Car Capacitors

When wiring multiple capacitors, you can either wire both ground wires together by running one ground wire to each of the cap’s negative terminals. It is possible to also ground each capacitor individually. Run the power wire through the amplifier’s positive terminal and to the battery’s positive terminal. It’s important to only use the amount of capacitors actually needed, and to keep in mind that having the largest capacitor is not necessary as well. To determine the size and number of capacitors that your sound system needs, calculate your amplifier’s wattage and convert it to farads.

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Rock Out Like Gene Simmons

For many years Gene Simmons has shown the world what it truly means to Rock and Roll, and now he has teamed up with Cort to design and distribute his very own legendary Axe and Punisher basses. Each bass guitar is decorated with Gene’s signature on the head stock and features a chrome bridge cover that adds to the overall flair of the bass and protects your hand from sharp saddle screws.

The Cort GS-Axe 2 was specifically designed by Gene Simmons and is also a bass that incorporates what he claims was his “dream bass guitar.” Not only does the guitar look absolutely awesome, it also sounds really good as well. It features bolt-on construction, a mahogany body, Canadian hard maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. The bass also has die cast tuners and includes it’s own custom gig bag for easy transportation.

The Cort GS-Punisher 2 incorporates the same features as the Axe, but with a different body shape and style. The Punisher has a very clean and simple design, to provide complete access to the full neck while playing. The Punisher also includes it’s own custom gig bag for easy transportation.

Make sure to check out all the bass guitars we have available here at Sonic Electronix, and make sure you get yourself the right equipment to start playing like a true rock star.

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What Type of DJ Mixer Should You Use?

Recently I’ve been able to have the awesome opportunity to work and learn about a lot of DJ equipment that we have available at Sonic Electronix. Throughout this time period I have definitely learned a thing or two about how certain levels of DJs should pick out the equipment they work with depending on the skill level they are currently at. When looking at mixers, you have to first consider what kind of DJ you would like to be, what kind of music you would like to play, and most importantly how far you see yourself going with it. There are tons of DJ mixers to choose from and at times it may be confusing to understand what exactly the right choice is for you.

Numark M101

Numark M101

As a DJ, you need to decide how many channels you want to mix. For most DJs starting out or even with a few years of experience, a two-channel mixer that has phono inputs, line inputs, and microphone inputs like the Numark M101 should be suffice. But once again, depending on the level you want to eventually become as a DJ should be highly considered when purchasing any mixer or equipment of the sort.

Things you also want to consider when look at mixers are for a high quality crossfader that can withstand lengthy usage. The crossfader is a sliding control on the mixing board that permits the DJ to transfer the audio output from one source to another, hence the term “mixing.”  Ideal crossfaders should be able to operate for a long time without losing their sound clarity. You can tell when a crossfader starts to not work so well because it will begin break up the sound when mixing.

Another important factor to look at are for the mixers line switches and EQ controls. The line switch of each channel on the mixer should be reliable and replaceable. You will want the switches to be 8-way adjustable, meaning that you will be able to move the switch in a way that is easy for you to control at your preference. The EQ controls on a mixer provide the DJ filtering of differing frequencies. When picking an EQ control, you want to make sure the controls are comfortable and compatible with the style you intend to mix as a DJ. There are two options to choose from, either an EQ knob or an EQ slider.

Last but not least, you also want to take a look at cue control. Cue control basically allows a DJ to listen to something they intend to mix into their music through their headphones before they actually mix it in, while playing something else through the sound system. As a DJ, you definitely make sure that the controls allow you to listen to your new mix in your headphones before it is displayed to the master output. There are many factors for this, but mainly good cue controls will get rid of any type of sound delay that is initiated by the distance between the speakers and yourself.

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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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