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MB Quart ONYX Series Coaxial and Component Car Speakers

The MB Quart ONYX series speakers are designed to replace your factory door speakers and provide an all new quality that will liven up your listening experience. If music is important to you and you find yourself driving around frequently, then consider upgrading to the ONYX series.

Built with a polypropylene cone material, the woofers offer precise bass with warm tone for a natural sound the way the artist intended. Each speaker has either a separate or built-in 1” tweeter made from Silk. These tweeters are Dome shaped and optimized to blend evenly into the mid-woofer for an even sound spectrum. All ONYX speakers include butyl rubber surrounds that assist with the linear movement of the speaker cones. The high-temperature voice coils and magnet structures are perfect for those seeking to power them with the receiver, or even an aftermarket amplifier. Spade style terminals let you quickly attach the speaker wire before installation and will hold for years to come. The coaxial models are the OKC116, OKC168 and the OKC169 and include all of these features.

The component ONYX series: the OSC213 and the OSC216 both included 1” external tweeters that can be flush mounted into door pods for a better sound stage. External crossover networks are built with high quality parts to maintain an even blend of mid-range tone and high-frequency presence. Both component speakers include protective speaker grilles, and so does the 6-1/2” coaxial OKC116 mentioned earlier. With powering handling varying between 40 and 50 watts RMS per model, these speakers are perfect upgrades for the music lover looking for a little extra kick in their car or truck.

The ONYX speakers all feature wide frequency responses, shallow mounting depths and high sensitivity ratings, which makes them ideal for the do-it-yourselfer who simply wants some good sounding speakers. So, if you’re looking for a great sounding speaker and don’t necessarily want to add any amplifiers (or even if you do), check out the ONYX series component and coaxial speakers at the one and only SonicElectronix.com.

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Passive vs Active Crossovers

You may have heard the term “crossover” before. No, i’m not referring to SUV/hatchback vehicles or Chris Paul doing work on the court. I am in fact referring to audio crossovers. Most speakers are not going to be able to reproduce the entire spectrum of musical frequencies without distorting. For this reason, crossovers are put in place to separate frequency bands in order to get the best performance. There are two type of crossovers: passive and active.

Passive Crossovers

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2-Way Passive Crossover

One of the main differences between the two is that passive crossover networks are unpowered which means there is no external power source.  They use capacitors and inductor coils to passively send frequencies to their desired drivers.  For example, in component speakers,  the crossover will passively send the high frequencies to the tweeters and the mid and lower frequencies to the mid bass drivers.  They will be wired in-line between the speakers and amplifier.  The amplifier’s output will be connected to the crossover’s input and the mid-bass driver and tweeter will be connected to the crossover output.  The disadvantages with passive crossovers is they are not usually adjustable and will actually cause a loss of wattage.

Active Crossovers

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2-way / 3-way Active Crossover

Active crossovers are a different story.  They are essentially electronic circuits that divide the frequencies. They use the input side of the amplifier rather than the output like a passive crossover does.   It is a common conception in the audio world that active are more accurate and flexible than passive crossovers.  Active crossovers are adjustable and have variable filters such as low-pass,  high-pass, and gain.  They also have deeper crossover slopes.  This allows for a more customized and desirable sound for the user.  Another advantage to active crossovers is their ability to allow bi-amping.  This means you can use two amplifiers channels to power multiple drivers.

Usually, a component set of speakers will come with a passive crossover. However, the general consensus is that active crossovers are more accurate and a lot more flexible.  However, if you are looking for a good fixed signal then there is nothing wrong with passive crossovers.  Ether way you’re going to need one or the other in your audio system so what are you waiting for?


Infinity Perfect Line


By Kyle D. – Sonic Electronix Writer

Harmon International specializes in high-quality audio and electronic products for automotive, consumer and professional use. Infinity is one of Harmon’s many sibling companies and carries its legendary audio quality to the automotive department. Kappa Perfect was introduced in 1998 as a high-end line of car audio products from Infinity. The Kappa Perfect line has really excelled for Infinity, anyone knowledgeable about car audio has heard of the series. Infinity Kappa Perfect have been winning competitions for years while remaining affordable for the average consumer. When you hear the name Infinity, you hear about their products superb sound quality and innovative, sophisticated use of technology. Infinity says it’s not technology for the sake of technology, it’s technology for the sake of music.

Infinity Kappa Perfect subwoofers are built likes tanks, and ooze technology and innovation. The newest Kappa Perfect VQ (Variable Q) subwoofers feature proprietary Magnesium Metal Matrix (M3D) woofer cones that are 20 times “deader” than aluminum with superior stiffness and damping properties. The Variable Q interchangeable pole pieces allow you to tune the woofers Q exactly how you want it, which is unheard of. If Infinity says its Perfect subs can go as low as 23Hz, they mean it. Kappa Perfect subwoofers are also extremely loud and accurate, following close beats is a cinch and it’s nearly impossible to distort them given the right system. These are the first subwoofers that can easily be optimized for tiny sealed boxes, medium sized sealed and vented and infinite-baffle applications. The perfect mesh of sound quality, accuracy and precision is available with Kappa Perfect subwoofers.

Infinity’s product quality and excellence stems from its passion for music. This passion shines most bright in their Kappa Perfect series component speaker systems. Car audio has been forever changed by the clarity, quality, and presence of the Kappa Perfect line of speakers. Deep-anodized aluminum woofer cones make up the midwoofers of these speakers for incredible detail and accuracy. A 1” edge-driven aluminum tweeter with a rubber surround produces astoundingly bright, crisp highs. For ultimate speaker control, Kappa Perfect speakers have a Linqwitz-Riley crossover network with 3.5kHz tweeter crossover frequency, and -4/0/+5dB tweeter level control. These speakers are hefty and built to last. They run a unique 3 ohm impedance and just beg for power from a quality external amplifier.  Kappa Perfect speakers were created using the most advanced technologies for the most critical of audiophiles, and boy did Infinity deliver, on a magnesium metal platter.

Infinity car audio products are crammed full of high end and trick technology.  Engineering at Infinity is state-of-the-art and a great deal of computer aided design software is used to devise their products. This includes FEA(Finite Element Analysis) modeling programs, LEAP CAD software, MLSSA FFT analyzers and the new Klippel analyzer. It takes a lot of guts to describe a product as “Perfect”, but after hearing anything from Infinity’s Kappa Perfect lineup you will understand they chose their words carefully.


Kicker Audio Overview

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By Seth Wilde – Host of Sonic Electronix TV

Here at SonicElectronix.com, we strive to offer the best customer service possible.  Part of customer service is having the knowledge to answer questions that customers have about products.  In order to accomplish this, training sessions are held on a regular basis to augment the knowledge of the SonicElectronix.com staff.  Recently, representatives from Kicker Car Audio came to our building to provide training on all of the Kicker products out there!

They began their training with a brief history of Kicker, explaining that it was started in 1980 when the founder Steve Irby developed the first full-range speaker box made specifically for the car.  In 1986, Kicker released both the Competition woofer, known as the original small box woofer, and the Freeair woofer, which was designed specifically for free air applications.  By 1992, Kicker introduced the first Kicker Solo Baric subwoofer.  One year later they released their first fully regulated power supplies and amplifiers.  Kicker continued devising innovative products and in 2000 the world’s first Kicker Solo-Baric L7 square subwoofer was released.  As they developed more and more products, the Kicker technology advanced more and more. Such technology includes the unpiloted, stitched surrounds, extended pole pieces, T and L cut top plates, Inverted Structural Dome (I.S.D.), perimeter venting, and the S.P.A.I.R re-cone kit.

Before talking about their full line of subwoofers, they explained the principle of having a square subwoofer.  Like many ingenious innovations, the principle behind the design is pretty simple.  Square subwoofers provide the most cone area for the size of the speaker box baffle.  On average, a square subwoofer has about 25% more cone area than a round subwoofer of the same size.  More cone area means that the subwoofer is able to move more air and thus it will produce more bass.

After talking about some of the incredible technology that goes into making a Kicker sub, the Kicker representative began to talk in detail about each of their products.  It was an unbelievably informative training session.  They were able to answer every single question despite the fact that our representatives asked some pretty detailed questions!  We learned about the three major square subwoofers: the Solo X, the L7, and the L5.  These square woofers are created with unique specifications to maximize their performance.  The Solo X is Kicker’s competition and extreme woofer. The Solo X includes a S.P.A.I.R. re-cone kit, which allows you to maintain and repair the cone throughout the lifetime of the sub.  The L7 is the original square subwoofer and Kicker’s best selling square subwoofer.  The L5 is Kicker’s most affordable square subwoofer and provides 70% the performance of the L7, but for a fraction of the price.  Both the L5 and L7 subs are available in preloaded boxes that Kicker manufacturers specifically for these subs.  They are finely tuned to the specs of the enclosed woofer and provide the best sound for that woofer.

Along with the square subs, we also learned about the round woofers.  The Kicker CVX is the best performing round subwoofer and is essentially a round L7. New to the 2009 Kicker line-up is the Solo Classic, which produces the same amount of bass in only half of the space.  Next we discussed the CVT subwoofers. The CVT line features subs in a variety of sizes, which makes it easy to find the proper fit for your install application.  Then we learned about the Comp VR (CVR). The CVR is Kicker’s best performing “value” subwoofer.  When enclosed in a ported box, the Kicker CVR is able to produce some big bass!  Lastly we learned that the Kicker Comp is the industry leading subwoofer and bestseller.  They are highly efficient subs with moderate power and big Kicker bass.  The Kicker woofers use a SoloKon cone that is ultra strong and injection molded to enhance the sound of the woofers.  With a Kicker subwoofer, loud bass is practically guaranteed!

After completing subwoofer training, we began to discuss the full line of Kicker speakers.  At first we discussed the newest QS and RS speakers.  The QS components are Kickers premium speaker system and use Kickers most advanced technology and engineering to create the ultimate sounding speaker.  The crossover on the QS speakers use an asymmetrical design and a Zobel Impedance correction network to spread the response across the entire speakers; bandwidth.  The crossover also integrates an Illuminated protection circuit, as well as Mylar caps and air core inductors. Judging from the demonstration, the QS speakers sound absolutely phenomenal.  We were just getting started though. After learning about the QS speakers, we began to discuss the high-end RS series speakers.  Apparently the RS speakers have been redesigned for 2009 and use a lot of the same technology and engineering as the QS.  The main differences between the two are the materials and the crossover.  The RS features a slightly simplified version of the QS crossover, but it still has all of the necessary features of a high-end speaker.  Finally, we briefly talked about the KS and DS series speakers.  We learned about the polyswitch tweeter protection on the KS speakers and the perfect OEM upgrade for the DS series speakers.

After discussing subs and speakers, we were ready to learn about amplifiers. This was one of the highlights of the training.  We got to see the amplifiers inside and out.  We learned what makes a Kicker amp a Kicker amp.  The quality and precision that goes into each and every amplifier is second to none.  We were most impressed with the thorough quality control involved in the production of ZX amplifiers. Each and every ZX amp is tested before it leaves the factory.  The spec sheet that is included in each amp tells the tested RMS wattage of the amplifier and each one is underrated.  This way, when a customer purchases a ZX amplifier, they are getting more than what they paid for!

After finishing the major categories, we moved to more specialized fields like marine technology. In fact, the Kicker power sports line includes but is not limited to marine series speakers, subs and amps. We learned that Kicker now refers to the marine series as the power sports series because these items are completely designed to withstand harsh conditions in general and not just in the boat.  Power sport models are made to work perfectly on boats, jeeps, ATV’s, patios, in the backyard, and even zambonis!  The Kicker Power Sports amplifiers, speakers, and subwoofers are perfect for any application that might require a more durable and protected item.

Next we learned about Kicker’s mobile audio products. The Kicker experts taught us all about the SoundGate iPod and Zune accessories.  The Kicker CORE system is designed to provide playback of your iPod in your car.  All of the cables are included, making it easy to get started. The CORE also provides 5V USB charging.  These systems will allow playback from the iPod itself and can even connect and play video from the iPod!  Next we discussed the SoundGate iO series, a new way to integrate your iPod and other audio source to your car via Bluetooth!  The plug and play system allows for Bluetooth audio, handsfree communication, and music streaming.  It is still in the development stages and has yet to be released, but it will be the ideal solution for adding Bluetooth and navigation voice guidance to vehicles that are not suitable for aftermarket in-dash head units. It would make an excellent addition to classic cars!

The last thing we were trained on was the home and portable line.  This includes Kicker headphones and their iPod shelf systems.  The headphones include high performance ear-buds and an active style “on-the-ear” headphone.  The ear buds produce incredible acoustic sound quality given their slight dimensions. These headphones are perfect for the on-the-go listener.  The active style headphones are made for those that live an active lifestyle and need a headphone that will stay on the head.  Beyond that, we learned about iPod docking shelf systems such as the iK500. Based on the demonstration, this system provides iPod playback through loud and clear speakers that fill the entire room with music.  For those that enjoy a Zune as opposed to the iPod, Kicker makes the ZK500, which is similar in features but designed to dock and play the Zune.

We here at SonicElectronix.com were impressed with the training seminar and we are blown away at the quality of Kicker products.  The Kicker representatives were extremely knowledgeable and knew everything about their products.  Kicker is definitely a high quality company that takes as much care of its products as they do their customers.


Focal K2 Series

For more than 25 years, Focal has produced top of the line car speakers. The Focal brand offers the best and most accurate speakers on the market. Focal prides themselves on their consistent research and development programs. Based out of Saint-Etienna, France, Focal has reached new heights in the mobile audio world. The precision that Focal takes into each and every product that they create truly puts them one step ahead of the rest. A perfect example of this can be seen in the Focal K2 Power line of speakers and subwoofers.

The K2 Power series from Focal features high quality speakers and powerful subwoofers. Just by looking at these woofers you can tell that there is something special about them. The yellow cone woofer stands out and begs for attention. It is a thermoformed, structural foam core that has been coated with an aramid fiber layer on one side and a glass layer on the other side. Does that make sense? Basically that means that the woofer is stronger, lighter, and experiences less distortion at high levels. How about the tweeters in this series? The Tioxid 5 inverted dome tweeter, TN 52 wave guide, and the double-magnet structure produce what some call the perfect tweeter. After the signal has traveled through a performance leading crossover, the resulting sound is precise and clear. Plus, the crossovers each feature a tweeter level control to help match the tweeter sound to that of the woofer. For example, put a K2 Power component system like the 165KF in with a K2 subwoofer and you will be experiencing Focal’s “Spirit of Sound”. Using the same K2 composite sandwich cones that are used in the speakers, the Subwoofers are able to play loud and clear. Focal uses a unique multi-ferrite magnet and a long voice coil that formulate an excellent subwoofer sound.

If you are unfamiliar with what the above paragraph means, don’t worry. What really matters is the sound quality that comes out of these speakers. These aren’t entry level speakers. These speakers are cutting edge speakers. These speakers are going to last in the long run and sound exceptional while doing so. These are the speakers of choice for competition cars. These are the speakers that live up to what Focal is, “The Spirit of Sound”.