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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!


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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Sony + Wheelfire Giveaway

Wheelfire/Sony Giveaway

At Sonic Electronix, we know you guys love the chance to win free stuff! For the month of November, we are doing a giveaway that is a little bit different than our usual giveaways. Sonic Electronix has teamed up with Wheelfire.com, giving all of our entrants the chance to win a complete Sony GS Experience car audio system as well as a set of RUFF Racing Rims from WheelFire for your vehicle. The giveaway is running until the end of November, so if you haven’t entered yet, here is how you can enter!

How to Enter

1Go to the Wheelfire/Sony Giveaway tab on Sonic Electronix’s Facebook page.

2Fill out the form at the bottom of the page with your first and last name as well as a valid email address.

3Show us a photo or video of your stock rims! There are many ways to go about this. You can either upload a photo from your computer, upload one from your Instagram account, or upload one with our entry email system. If you wish to show us a video of your stock rims, you may upload a one from your Instagram, YouTube, or Vimeo account.

4Submit your entry and keep an eye out for the winner announcement on our Facebook at the beginning of December!


There will be one winner of this giveawayThey will win the RUFF Racing Rims which will be fit to their vehicle. In addition, they will win a Sony GS Series Sound System with a XM-GS100 Monoblock Amplifier, a XM-GS400 4-Channel Amplifier, a XS-GS80L 8″ Subwoofer, a set of XS-GS1621C 6.5″ 2-Way Component Speakers, as well as a set of XS-GS1521 6.5″ 2-Way Coaxial Speakers. Good luck everyone! Until next time, we’ll see ya later!

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Sony XB Series Extra Bass Headphones


Sony MDR-XB800

Sony MDR-XB800

What’s that? You like bass? Sorry,  I can’t hear you with these awesome Sony XB headphones on my ears. Drop those anemic, bass-empty headphones and get introduced to the Sony XB Extra Bass Headphones.  Sony is known for making some excellent products and their XB series of headphones are no exception.  They come in four different models including the XB200, XB400, XB600, and XB800 which are all optimized to produce the most bass output possible.  If you’re into R&B, Hip-Hop, Trap, Dubstep or any other type of bass heavy genre, your ears will thank you for the intense, bass-driven sensation. All Four of these headphones fit extremely well on the ear and allow for extended periods of listening.

The XB series is great for portable use seeing as it has a foldable/collapsible design. They are extremely lightweight which makes it feel like a happy cloud has been gently placed over your head.  The XB800 is the flagship model which boasts 50 millimeter drivers allowing it to produce an insane amount of bass.  Especially, when you use a headphones amplifier paired with these headphones.  When I used these headphones paired with my FiiO E10 headphone amplifier , the amount of bass pulsing though my head was enough to kill a small horse.  Here are some basic features of each:





  • 50mm Drivers
  • Available in: Black

The Next Era of Televisions: Ultra HD

The Next Generation

It seems like every year there’s always something new that people buzz about.  In regards to televisions, new technologies are always on the rise.  Just look at the past decade: We’ve gone from tube TV’s to the emergence of projector TV’s and then finally flat screen TV’s such as Plasma, LCD, and the newer LED.  Not to mention the now-standard HDMI which has drastically increased picture quality.  It was just a matter of time before the next big thing hit the market and it’s going to make television displays all the better.

Samsung-ultra-HDTVCEA (Consumer Electronics Association) has announced the next generation of home displays.  Naming them Ultra HD (also known as 4k resolution), these new displays will have more than eight million pixels of resolution which is more than 4 times the amount in current HDTVs.  What does this mean for the consumer? It means that you’re going to look at your television screen and mistake it for an actual window.  That’s how fantastic these things are going to look and that’s how revolutionary this new technology is going to be. CEA has designated these displays to have an aspect ratio of at least 16×9 and a digital input cable of handling 4k video instead of up-converting.

The first companies to unveil these spectacular displays are LG and Sony which will both release an 84-inch set this fall.  However, as with every new technological gadget, it’s going to have a pretty steep price tag of $20,000 for the LG 84LM9600 and $25,000 for the Sony XBR-84X900.  If you can afford it by all means, go for it you won’t be disappointed.  For the rest of us, we might have to wait a few years until the price will drop and become more common on the market place.  CEA has guaranteed that the Ultra HD technology will be a highlight of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas January 8-11.


Sony’s Comeback: XBA In-Ear Headphone Series

Once the unanimous titan of general consumer electronics, and a pioneer in personal music players with the introduction of the Walkman, Sony is a company that grew accustomed to being at the top. Since its glory days, Sony has endured great hardship in virtually every sector of the consumer electronic market including headphones.  Completely flanked by competition from marketing giants like Beats Audio, Monster, and a slew of other game-changers, Sony has all but been forgotten. Yet, for a company that has not turned a profit since 2008, Sony is still kicking and unleashing what is of late their most impressive effort to recapture the ears of audiophiles.

With the release of the XBA series in-ear headphones, Sony reminds consumers of the innovation and quality that defined the brand not long ago.

XBA Micro Balanced Armature Technology:

Of course, Sony did not invent the balanced armature driver. In fact, it has been around for many years now and has been deployed by various reputable companies such as Westone. But what sets the XBA series apart from the rest of the balanced armature in-ear headphones is that Sony has developed its very own collection of drivers specifically tuned for music reproduction. Unlike others who get their drivers from nondescript balanced armature suppliers, Sony has employed the expertise of their own technology development core to create the XBA 1, XBA 2, XBA 3, and XBA 4.

The number attached to each of the XBA suffix signifies the number of specially crafted micro-balanced armatures built into the respective in-ear headphone, with the XBA featuring one balanced armature driver and the XBA 4 equipped with four. Now, if the XBA series were just packed with a bunch of drivers, this development would be quite unimpressive. But as mentioned earlier, these balanced armature drive units have been tuned to specific frequencies and, wherever there is more than one driver, a passive crossover system ensures that each driver reproduces the sounds it is best tuned to handle.

Borrowing the most detailed of the collection as an example, the XBA 4 features four balanced armature drive units: one full range driver,  one tweeter, one woofer, and one super woofer. With virtually every audible frequency range separated and individually performed by a specialized unit, each frequency range sound separate and clear. Do not expect to find
any muddling of bass and mid frequencies with the XBA series. Moreover, because of the passive crossover, the XBA infuse true and perceptible depth to the soundstage for a reproduction that is simply astoundingly convincing.

XBA Noise Cancelling:

Smallest Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphone in the World

Yet another impressive technological design innovation in the Sony XBA series is the excellent integration of noise cancellation. As of September 15th, 2011 the XBA-NC85D became the smallest and lightest noise cancelling in-ear headphones in the world. Because of the incredibly small size of the micro-balanced armature design, Sony has been able to integrate the DNC noise cancelling components and rechargeable battery directly into the sound chamber. Unlike every other noise-cancelling in ear headphone on the market that generally have the DNC noise cancelling processors encased in a “wand” that is connected to the wires leading to the chambers, the XBA-NC85D are just as compact as any other in-ear headphone on the market.

Endowed with a single Sony micro-balanced armature, the XBA-NC85D performs with excellent clarity and fidelity. Offering similar sound characteristics to the standard XBA series, these do not skimp on sound quality in any way.

Will the Phoenix Rise?

Certainly, Sony’s woes as a once-mighty technology giant will not be solved by these remarkably well crafted in-ear monitors. Nonetheless, while they are still around, Sony has definitely flexed their muscle and challenged skeptical audiophiles to reexamine the viability of Sony products. For one, I am completely impressed by the quality of these in-ear monitors and are, beyond a doubt, on my list of most important headphone releases of 2012.

Whatever Sony’s Future, PLEASE Bring Back the Walkman Alien!