Tag: subwoofers

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.


You’ve got your subwoofer, now what about the box?

There are three different types of subwoofer boxes that you should be looking to consider, depending on what type of subwoofer you get.

Sealed Subwoofer Enclosure

Sealed Subwoofer Enclosure

The sealed subwoofer enclosure is described by great transient response, excellent low frequency power handling, and a smaller box size. When a speaker is attached in a box, the air in the box turns to shape a spiral. Yet, sealed systems incline to hurt from complex limit points and lower sensitivity than the other low rate systems. They are usually the subwoofer of choice due to their great response.

Ported Subwoofer Enclosures

Ported Subwoofer Enclosures

ported enclosure system contains of a driver fixed on a side of a box that has an open area that lets the air in and out of the box. The port is there to tune the closed off space so that the rear wave of the speaker boosts the front wave of the speaker. This tends to results in a subwoofer with higher effectiveness. At lower frequencies, the opening adds greatly to the output of the system. The box design itself is made to perform as a filter to cutting off lower frequencies.


Bandpass Subwoofer Boxes

Bandpass Subwoofer Boxes

Bandpass boxes will produce more bass than either of the previous boxes mentioned, but over a thinner range of frequency. Working as a filter, the box blocks lower and higher frequencies, and in most cases a crossover is not needed.  These boxes are typically big and provide very accurate volumes.  Bandpass boxes also usually cover distortion which at times leads to damaged subs. Bandpass enclosures are very efficient in the band of frequencies that they are tuned to or pass.

Make sure to check out all the subwoofer boxes we have right here at SonicElectronix.com


Want to hook up your own subwoofer?

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of research on car audio (being that I am one of the newest team members here at Sonic Electronix) and even though I highly recommend you get this done by a trained professional, there is always an opportunity to learn something new and try it yourself. Stereo systems are at least as simple as most other single accessory electrical systems, but they are still electrical systems. Physically wiring the system is the easiest part of installation. The rest of it is knowing what you’re working with and figuring out what to connect to what and in what way. But once you know what all those numbers and ratings on the amps and speakers mean, the process pretty much explains itself.

First and foremost you need to determine your amplifier’s minimum stable impedance  in ohms of resistance. You’ll typically find the stable impedance rating between 1 ohm for a powerful amp and 5 to 10 ohms for a less powerful one. The lower the amp’s stable ohm rating, the more power it can transmit through a single channel without frying. For this blog, I’m going to explain this if I were using an amplifier with a 2-ohm minimum staple impedance.

Now go ahead and check your subwoofer’s ohms of impedance. This works the same way as the amp does; a massive, powerful subwoofer has large coil windings that provide little resistance to power flow and a smaller speaker provides more resistance. This will determine whether you need to wire the subs in parallel or in series. Compare your amplifier’s ohm rating to the speakers. If the speaker ohm reading is lower than the amp’s, then connecting that single speaker directly to the amp output will fry your amp. You’ll need another speaker and you’ll need to connect the speakers in a series circuit instead of a parallel circuit.

Connect a parallel circuit in just the way you’d think ( positive to positive and negative to negative). As long as none of the speakers in your system have a lower ohm rating than the amp, then you’ll want to connect them directly to the amp terminals. This will give you the best chance at nailing down the ground pounding power you are looking for.

Connect the first part a series circuit by wiring the positive lead of one speaker to the positive terminal on your amp. Connect the negative terminal on that speaker to the positive terminal on the next in your series. If you only need two speakers to meet your amp’s minimum impedance, then connect the negative terminal on the second speaker to the negative terminal on your amp.

Wire as many speakers into the series as you need to meet your amp’s minimum amp impedance. Connect them all positive to negative with the positive and negative terminals on the speakers on the ends of your series connected to the appropriate terminals on your amp.

Now do remember that every car is different, so if you have any questions feel free to contact us here and Sonic Electronix and we’d love to help you out. Of course it’s going to be a little intimidating, but please make sure that you never work on your cars electrical system unless you are absolutely comfortable with it.

Make sure to check out all of our subwoofers here at Sonic Electronix, our Subwoofer Olympics Event, and look into starting your next project now!


Lanzar OptiDrive Series Amplifiers

LanzarUnleash the Beast

If we know our customers, bass is one of the most important aspects of their audio systems.  In order to achieve such bass, you must have an amplifier that will be able to fill the bill. The folks at Lanzar have revamped their OptiDrive series amplifiers for 2012.  Most of these beastly amps are now 0.5 ohm stable meaning they are ideal for competitions and daily use alike. Having the ability to maintain 0.5 ohm stability can keep the frustration away from people who own Dual 2 ohm subwoofers.  Two Dual 2 ohm subwoofers can ether be wired in Series configuration at an impedance of 2 ohms or in parallel configuration at an impedance of 0.5 ohms in which these amplifiers can accomplish.  The OptiDrive Series is available in ten monoblocks and two 4-channel models so you can be certain that you can find an amplifier to fit your application.

Lanzar OPTI3500D

OptiDrive Series Monoblock Class D Car Amplifier

Features Galore 

An amplifier is only as good as the versatility and quality it can achieve.  The Optidrive Series amplifiers all share a variety of different functions and features that make them an invaluable purchase.  They all include built in low and high-pass filters for proper tuning and sound customization. The included wired bass control knob ensures that bass levels can be conveniently controlled from a user-defined location. Pre-amp outputs are present to daisy chain multiple amplifiers together which is ideal for competitions.  As well as a heavy duty power coated heatsink for maximum heat dissipation.  Combined with a subsonic filter and a 180 degree phase control, you have an amplifier that is ready to take on any challenge.

Monoblock Models:

Bass Knob

Included Remote Bass Knob

4-Channel Models:


Matching Subwoofers and Amplifiers

AmpliFinder Amplifier and Subwoofer Matching Tool

Earthquake Subzero SZ10 Subwoofer

Kicker ZX750.1 Amplifier

Making Matching Easier

One of the most common questions asked at Sonic Electronix is, “How do I know which amplifier I need for my subwoofer?”  This can be a hard or even intimidating question for some but fear not Sonic Electronix has your back!  Introducing our brand new AmpliFinder tool.  AmpliFinder is an amplifier finder tool that will take away the confusion of pairing a subwoofer with an amplifier.  Not only will it tell you which amplifier you require, but it will give you a complete list of every amplifier that is suitable for your subwoofer.

JL Audio W7 Subwoofer

MTX RT500D Amplifier

How it Works

AmpliFinder will lay out the possible wiring configurations for your subwoofer.  Depending on the ohms and number of voice coils of the subwoofer, different wiring configurations will be displayed.  AmpliFinder will also take into account the RMS power rating of each subwoofer to appropriately match that of the amplifier.   Just select the manufacturer, model number, and the number of subs you wish to power and prepare to be wowed by the abundance of possibilities.  For example,  the Earthquake Subzero SZ-10, when input into the AmpliFinder will give you the Kicker ZX750.1 as a choice which is a perfect match for the 750 watts RMS subwoofer.   Also, the JL Audio 8W7AE-3  when entered will give you the MTX RT500D which is a perfect match at 2 ohms as well.

  • Conveniently search for specific subwoofers with a user friendly interface
  • Displays complete list of compatible amplifiers
  • Visual wiring configurations included in search

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