GET TO KNOW YOUR SPEAKER

One of the most common accessory upgrade a car audio enthusiast deals with is a speaker. There are many types of speaker and with this, it can be confusing which one to choose. Today, we will discuss the basic anatomy of a car speaker so you will have the information in selecting the right speaker for your setup.

SPEAKER CONE

This is the part of the speaker that is usually constructed from paper, polypropylene, Kevlar or other materials. Manufacturers commonly use polypropylene due to its rigidness and easy to work with. However, some would say that it does not perform quite well with high frequencies but usually excel in midrange. Paper cones perform well and produce clear and crisp sound due to its lightness and stiffness. Some high end manufacturers make us of Kevlar as the main material for its durability and at the same for the light weight characteristic. Depending on the design, Kevlar material can also produce quality sound.

ANNULUS / SURROUND

This is the part of the speaker that serves as a suspension for the code to the frame of the speaker. It usually is made of paper, foam, butyl or cloth. There is other annulus design called the “m” which is claimed to provide a more effective way to absorb wave energy to the cone.

VOICE COIL

The voice coil is the coil of wire attached to the apex of a speaker cone. It provides the motive force to the cone by the reaction of a magnetic field to the current passing through it. The most common is the dual voice coil but single voice coils are also available as well.

  

MAGNET

Usually made of a rare earth metal called Neodymium for small tweeters; or ferrite commonly for speakers. Magnet is an essential part of the speaker as this holds the coil in place while it moves back and forth to push air and produce sound and at the same time preventing distortion. The result is a louder sound and better bas response.

SPIDER

It is responsible for the allowing the speakers parts to move in a linear fashion and prevent them from displacing and move consistently. It is fitted around the voice coil.

  

DUST CAP

This is the part of the speaker that covers the middle of the cone to prevent dust from accumulating inside the speaker elements. This part also provides as an aesthetic design for the speaker.

BASKET

Also called the frame of the speaker which houses the entire speaker assembly together. This essentially forms the main shape of the speaker or subwoofer. Some speakers are built deep and some are shallow to fit certain types of vehicle.

This week, we have featured speakers from various brands like Infinity, Memphis Audio, Pioneer, Kicker and more. Always visit OnlineCarStereo.com and browse our catalog of over 3000 products. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.

MOMS NEED CAR UPGRADES TOO..

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we at OnlineCarStereo would like to honor the mothers out there. They have  provided us your unconditional love and have supported husbands, sons and daughters in every endeavor. You were there through thick and thin and you deserve all the good things in return. Today, in honor of our mothers, we will be offering car products that will help them and even us drive safer.

  

KENWOOD DRV-320

This high definition dash cam will record anything even in low-light conditions at 1920 x 1080 resolution and 27 frames per second. It is very portable that it does not distract your from driving. Its adhesive-backed mount will secure your unit and will not fall even with big bumps on the road. It also comes with a 16gb SD card for lots of recording space. If you leave it open, it has motion detection that can deter vehicle theft.

JVC KS-GA100

Clean air is important to moms specially if there is a baby on-board. The KS-GA100 has a 3-stage filtration system and uses a high-speed fan that absorbs dirty air from any direction. The KS-GA100 has a 2-speed control that is motion activated from above the purifier. Shake once to enter low speed mode, the shake again for high-speed. It sports a modern aluminum look that goes well with any car and fit perfectly in any cupholder size. The purifier is powered using USB with a DC 5V. With the KS-GA100, you will the piece-of-mind that you and your passengers are breathing fresh air in your car.

PIONEER SDA-WC01

Mom’s are as busy as corporate people and when they’re driving, it can be distracting if you have to plug your smartphone every time you get in the car. The the SDA-WC01, you’ll just have to put your wireless charging capable smartphone and you are good to go.

Sony XAV-AX210SXM-Bundle

This bundles truly deserves to be installed to your mother’s car. The Sony XAV-AX210SXM will provide her the car  she needs entertainment with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity to her smartphone. Also, se will be able to listen to her favorite radio shows on SiriusXM and stream her playlist thru bluetooth. Not to mention the FREE Jensen BUCAM200J backup camera to add more safety while driving.

These are some of the gifts we can give this mother’s day and we have more. Just visit OnlineCarStereo.com and browse our catalog of over 3000 products. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.

 

HOW TO INSTALL YOUR NEW HEAD UNIT

Staying at home means we can now work on our car audio projects that have been stagnant for a long time. You might have purchased a new Alpine ILX-W650 7” Apple Carplay / Android Auto receiver; Pioneer AVIC-5201NEX 6.2” in-dash navigation stereo or a Kenwood Excelon DNX996XR 6.8 high definition touch screen with Carplay and navigation control but don’t have the time to bring it to an installer or work on the install in your garage. Well, today is the best time to do that and we will walk you through on how you can install your brand-new head unit.

PARTS YOU NEED

First, you need to determine the parts you need that are compatible with your vehicle. Every vehicle has proprietary wirings to control volume, break lights, Bluetooth, antenna adaptors and even steering wheel controls. Different car makers also have their own dashboard designs. This will make sure that you’re your head unit will look seamless on your vehicle without any gaps or spaces. A brand called Metra Electronics is known for manufacturing thousands of wiring harnesses and dash kits that are compatible for different vehicles. You should be able to find out what parts you need once you enter the year; make; and model of your vehicle.

1) Car radios are held by fasteners and are often hidden for design purposes. To access these, you will need to locate the trim pieces close to the radio and will usually pop out with the use of a prying tool.

2) Pull the trims carefully and disconnect the wires which are usually connected with clips.

3) Once you remove the trims, you will be able to unscrew the other large trim pieces on the dashboard.

TIP: Remember to keep track of the screws and their location to easily reassemble them when you are done installing.

4) After disassembling the trims, you can now unscrew the aluminum bracket and pull the unit out and disconnect the wiring harness from the car and the radio.

5) Some aftermarket radios come with an aluminum sleeve. Use this to install the head unit. Otherwise, just use the old one or sometime the head unit does not need a sleeve at and will directly screw you the bracket.

6) The new head unit will come with a proprietary harness that connect to the radio with open colored-coded wires on the other end. The Metra wiring harness that you purchased compatible with your vehicle will also have color-coded open wires on one end. Securely connect these wires to the proprietary wires of the head unit according to color using electrical tape.

7) If for some reason, your vehicle does not have a compatible wiring harness, you will have to cut the wires on the dashboard and connect the proprietary wiring harness of the new head unit manually using crimp connectors.

8) Once done, before reassembling, test the new head unit if all controls are working properly.

9) Reassemble the dashboard and trimmings.

There you go! We hope that you will enjoy your newly installed stereo receiver. If you have any questions, you can contact our technical team Monday - Friday for expert advice.

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MASSIVE AUDIO, MASSIVE DISCOUNT

Massive Audio has been providing quality car audio electronics since 1999.Since then, it has produced many of the standard in the industry in terms of subwoofers, speakers and amplifiers. The company also has made partnerships with BBS and CBS through its licensing division, FAMETEK, as an official licensed manufacturer for audio electronics and figures. They continue to produce one of the best sounding In-Vehicle audio products in the market today.

This weekend, ONLINECARSTEREO, we are celebrating the end of September with a boom from Massive Audio and to top that, we will be giving away FREE $100 gift cards from Nakedwines as a sign of appreciation to your continued patronage of our products.

You can check out our Massive Audio catalog by visiting WWW.ONLINECARSTEREO.COM and here are a few of them.

HIPPOXL Series  - Big Bottom as it is know, the HippoXL series comes with aluminum cast basket and double-stacked Strontium Magnets to provide you the best bass ever.

SUMMOXL Series - Summo series paly so low and with such a deep center of force that the competition cannot help but to bow out gracefully. Yes Summo are very large, they dominate with their 3000W power handling, can play loud and low and come in sizes down to the amazing 8.5 inch.

TOROX Series - These subs are engineered to provide high amounts of power but at the same time, limiting distortion providing you excellent clarity and tone. Everything bounces with the bass on Double Black Poly Spiders that are all hard wired with 10 AWG 100% Pure Copper speaker wire directly to the woven power tinsel leads.

GTX Series - The 4-layer dual voice coils of the GTX come with h-temp black anodized coils that gives that kick to every bass song you have. 10mm top plates allow for extended excusrion with low frequency performance in mind.

For speakers, you can choose from FX, MX, MK, FK, PK, PX and ZK series depending on your application. Massive audio speakers are manufactured to produce detailed and crisp sound perfect for every setup. The bestsellers include the Massive Audio MC 10II midrange speaker that sports 800 watts of power. In addition, the M69C is also popular for audiophiles as it provides 240 watts of power for each speaker.

Massive amplifiers are top of the line as well. They have several amplifier lines from the BP, Nanon Blue, Nano Blu-Marine, Nano Edge, D-Block, Primo, Drago and the Trident.

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