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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!

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Prepare For the Zombie Apocalypse!

They’re Coming…

When people think about the end of the world and exactly how it’s going to end, there are usually two words that come to mind: Zombie Apocalypse.  Doomsday is almost here and people are getting more and more antsy.  A growing number of people (including myself)  think that doomsday  will come in the form of brain-hungry zombies chasing us down until there’s none of us left.  No one wants to be zombie food so i’m here to help you prepare Sonic Electronix style!  Many people may not realize it, but we sell tons of products that can give you the upper hand on our undead counter-part.

                                                  Tools & Generators

Powered Handsaw

Powered Handsaw

Oh yes.  We have all sorts of  hand tools and power tools that can assist you in the diabolic, post-apocalyptic world.  Not only can you use many tools for mundane tasks but you can use them as weapons against the flesh-eating hordes!  Just imagine the piece of mind you can have with a powered saw or a huge hammer by your side.   You can never have to many tools in a zombie-infested world.  You’ll also want to invest in a generator to keep some light in a dark world.

Radios

Shortwave AM/FM Radio

Shortwave AM/FM Radio

Don’t be the person who misses out on important broadcast messages that could possibly save your life.  Pick up a Shortwave or AM/FM radio in order to listen to all messages broadcasted by the government. Keep in mind that zombies are attracted to noise so make sure you play them at strategic times.  We even have CB radios so you can link up with other surviviors and fight the dead together.  Let’s face it no one wants to be alone in a zombie apocalypse. Just remember if they say to go to a military base that it might be overrun.

Subwoofers

10" Subwoofer

10" Subwoofer

You might be thinking, “Why would you need a subwoofer in a Zombie Apocalypse?” A subwoofer might seem like an odd thing to have but hear me out. Say your trying to create a distraction to escape a large crowd of walkers.  Just place a vehicle equipped with a subwoofer in a strategic location.  Play the low bass tones of a subwoofer and watch as the mindless goons are attracted to the noise. See? who says car audio needs to die when the world does? Alternatively, you can always bash them over the head with one.

Pro Audio Equipment

Strobe Light

Strobe Light

The best zombie is a dead (again) zombie but sometimes you have to choose your battles wisely.  Pro Audio equipment can further your camouflage from the zombie population.  The same Djs that use equipment like fog machines and strobe lights can use these to their advantage.  Using strobe lights to blind zombies or just to light up an area and fog machines to conceal your location can mean the difference between a safe getaway and an all you can eat serving of “yourself”.

All of these items could help save your life just a few months from now.  You might laugh now but what if it actually happens? Wouldn’t you want to be as ready as possible? We’re ready for the impending Z-day.  Are you?

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Ground Shaker Subwoofer Boxes

When installing a subwoofer in your vehicle, one of the most commonly overlooked aspects is the box being used for the application.  Not having an optimum enclosure for your subwoofer is like a Jedi not having a lightsaber: Sure, he’ll still be dangerous but he won’t be able to cut off any heads.  Ground Shaker is a brand that specializes in subwoofer enclosures and has a good reputation in doing so.  They make their boxes here in the good ol’ USA which is very rare nowadays. These are without a doubt the best enclosures Sonic has ever carried.

10" Single Sealed Compact Box

10" Single Sealed Compact Box

10" Triple Sealed 3-Dimensional Subwoofer Box

10" Triple Sealed 3-Dimensional Subwoofer Box

I’ve had the chance to examine about 40 of their sub boxes and let me just say that they do not disappoint.  The first thing I noticed is that they use very thick carpeting which results in a very clean look which is easy on the eyes.  A number of the boxes come in two-tone gray and black which is aesthetically pleasing. They make a wide assortment of enclosures ranging from ported, sealed, bandpass, vehicle specific, ect. which means you will have no problem finding one for your subwoofer and vehicle.  All of these boxes use high quality, thick MDF and come complete with durable speaker terminals.  They even have subwoofer specific enclosures for the JL Audio W7 which have Dual front baffles and a bracer inside the box.  Also, there are a wide variety for the Kicker L7 & L3 enclosures for all you Kicker junkies out there. They make their boxes in 8″, 10″, 12″, 13″,15″ so there is no excuse to not use one for your sub. Pick up one of these boxes and you won’t regret it!

Did I mention they are great for building office forts?

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Top Locations to Mount a Car Amplifier

There’s no greater accomplishment than installing a sound system on your own. Sometimes you’ll run into road blocks along the way, like finding a location to mount your new amplifier. There are many places that are acceptable to mount an amplifier, and it’s a matter of finding the one the works best for your application.

Underneath the Seat

One of the most common locations to mount an amplifier is underneath a seat. This method will keep your amp out of sight and leave your car looking factory. If you’re installing a 4-channel car amplifier to power your door speakers, by mounting it under your seat you will have a central location to rout all of your speaker wires. Keep in mind you will need to hide any connections that could potentially be kicked or stepped on by passengers.

Trunk or Hatch Area

Another option is to mount the amplifier in your trunk or hatch area. This is most commonly done with subwoofer amplifiers, as it’s easy to keep the length of the speaker wire leading to your subwoofer down to a minimum. Keep in mind if you have a vehicle where you can see into the trunk area, this may not be the best location.

Amplifier Rack

If you’re going for a custom look for your installation you can build what’s called an amp rack. An amplifier rack can be anything that you’ve built to hold one or multiple amps in place. You can mount amplifiers in places like under the rear deck of a sedan, hidden in open cavities of your car or any other place you can think of. If you do build a rack to hide your amplifier, make sure it has lots of ventilation as it will get hot.

Final Tips

If you want to mount a car amplifier to the back of an enclosure, add a rubber gasket wherever you put a screw in. This will reduce vibrations that travel to the amplifier, potentially causing damage. If you decide to mount your amp to the back of a seat, remember to leave a couple of extra inches on each wire in case you need to fold your seat down. Strategize your installation and plan things out before you start screwing things in. You can do it! Let us know where you prefer to mount your amplifiers in the comment section below!

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How to Properly Set Gain on Your Amplifier

Why Set Gain?

NVX JAD8004

NVX JAD8004

People end the lives of their subwoofers everyday and one of the most reoccurring reasons is due to improper gain settings on their amplifiers.  A majority of people mistake gain to be nothing more than a volume knob but that misconception can lead to horrific subwoofer murders.  Knowing exactly what gain is and how to set it will not only prevent your precious power-pushing woofers from meeting their maker, but will also give you the cleanest output possible.  Gain is basically defined as input sensitivity and is used for matching the output from different sources so that they reach optimal performance and minimal damage.  The main thing you are trying to avoid is clipping your signal. Clipping is the distortion that occurs when an amplifier is pushed beyond it’s limits.  At high volumes the music will sound muddy and will cause unpleasant sounds.  If you avoid clipping your signal,  then you will give both your amplifier and woofer a longer lease on life.

Procedure  

With all of that being said, here is a quick way to set your gain:

  • Insert a CD into your headunit that you know to be fairly loud.
  • Play a song and set the volume on your headunit to about 75%.
  • Set the gain all the way down and slowly raise until you experience clipping (audible distortion).
  • Once you reach the clipping point, set it back down so you no longer experience a clipped signal
  • The volume that your headunit was set at during this procedure is now your head unit’s MAX volume.  This is the loudest it will play without clipping and will sound good and clean if you have done it right.
JBL GTO-751EZ

JBL GTO-751EZ

Please note that this is not the most accurate way of doing this but it will get you very close.  If you’re looking to get the most absolutely accurate result then you’re going to want to use an Oscilloscope or Digital mutimeter.  Just make sure you know how to use them!  Another alternative is getting an amplifier such as the JBL GTO-751EZ which features gain LED indicators that will tell you if you signal is being clipped.  For a more in-depth analysis please read our knowledge base article here.

Have you guys ever experienced issues with your gain settings? Comment below and tell us about them!

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