15 THINGS EVERY CAR GUY SHOULD OWN

During 4th of July weekend, many car audio lovers are going online to avail of the biggest discount. This year, since we are all inclined to stay at home and keep safe, Onlinecarstereo is bringing the shopping to your screen. Over 1000 car audio products are up for grabs to make your vehicle sound better. To help you identify which items to buy here are the top 10 car audio products every car guy should own, in no particular order.

Every car audio enthusiast wants a total entertainment receiver to play with whether you are waiting for your wife or girlfriend while their doing shopping or grocery.  On top of our list is the Kenwood DMX125BT. This 6.8” touchscreen is not only featured-filled, but also very affordable at $170. For this price, you get Bluetooth connectivity, Android USB mirroring and rear view camera input all in a slim chassis. Another staple are the Sony head units and their latest iteration is the XAV-AX5500. If you want to step up a notch, you can go premium with this model that includes Apple Carplay and Android Auto and a personal navigator. The slick bezel-less 6.95” design is like no other and you can truly enjoy Japanese technology at its finest. For the old school car audio guy that does not want the touch screen, you can opt for the Alpine CDE-175BT. This unit is simple and compact but has all the bells and whistle. It comes with a front USB slot, Bluetooth and can play lossless FLAC high quality music. Its intuitive controls are strategically designed for ease of use.

  

Next in the list are speakers. The most common speaker size is 6x9” for most vehicles and the JL Audio C2-690TX tops this category. The 3-way design provides the best sound quality from different frequencies with RMS of 15-125 watts. Another common speaker size if 6.5” and again, JL Audio tops the list. The C2-650 is a great speaker due to JL’s quality materials that produces sparkling highs; smooth midrange and powerful bass. For the more affordable side, the Pioneer TS-A652F is also equipped with 320 watts RMS suitable for most car audio requirement and is perfect for first-time upgrades.

  

Calling all bassheads! In this area, the Massive Audio HIPPOXL 122 is essential. This monster gives out 4000 watts of power that is perfect for competition and just pure fun. On the cheaper side, the Power Acoustik MOFO-122X rules with its 2700 watts peak power, it is truly a bang for the buck. If you are looking for high quality, we go back to JL Audio. The superb craftsmanship of the 12W3v3-4 is really a no-brainer. The W3V3 series offers up to 1000 watts clean and high quality bass that is worthy of your car.

 

Lastly, car amplifiers are also essential gears to setup your car audio. You can choose from the amazingly compact JL Audio JX1000/1D that can power up to 900 watts. The Alpine PDR-M65 also stands out in the group for its high performance signature sound.

 

Some of the products worth mentioning is a good ampkit to start your setup. The Power Acoustik AK-4 and Soundstream WK-80X are very affordable ampkits that does the job. On the other hand, it is advisable to use oxygen-free ampkits and the Memphis Audio 17-4GPWKIT and JL Audio XD-PCS4-1B can provide this especially for your premium gear.

 

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SHOWCASE YOUR SETUP!

Since the inception of Onlinecarstereo, thousands of customers have already enjoyed our products throughout the years. They range from novice and beginner upgrades to experts professional setups that have been in competitions and shows. As a way of giving back to our loyal customers, we would like you to send us photo of your setup that you bought from us. Here we can show the world how it looks like and also encourage other car audio enthusiasts to imitate your setup.

Show us your dashboard if you’ve recently upgraded your head unit to a total entertainment system. Some of our best sellers include the Alpine iLX-W650, Pioneer’s NEX series receivers and the upcoming Sony XAV-AX5500. Selected items include free backup camera or siriusXM tuners. You’ll surely enjoy your music after the upgrade.

 

On the other hand, you can also highlight your new speaker setup and send us photos of your door speakers that feature your newly installed speaker system. It might include component, coaxial or tweeters.

 

Calling all bassheads! You can also showcase your booming setup featuring your high quality subwoofers. Our popular brands are JL Audio, Alpine, Massive Audio, Infinity and Pioneer. Send in those trunk photos of your cars or trucks.

 

Send in those pictures to our email at [email protected] and you’ll receive a free Pioneer SDA-WC01 on us! Just indicate you shipping address and we’ll send you your free gift. Valid only until supplies last.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUBWOOFER

We all love listening to music and it’s that music that keeps us sane while driving through traffic. One of the most common upgrades an audiophile wants to do is subwoofers. Depending on your preferred music, there are a number of considerations you’ll have to do to get the perfect sound you are looking for.

Several brands come to mind when you are on a lookout for subwoofers. First is JL Audio which needs no introduction.  They make the best subwoofers money can buy and they are more expensive than the other brands out there. Their best seller is the W3V3 which is a standard upgrade for intermediate to advanced audiophiles. These are powerhouse subs that deliver potent performance and quality sound for medium power applications. They also have the W7AE series which delivers exceptional balance and limitless dynamics.

Massive Audio is another brand that is well known in the car audio industry. Their subwoofers are built like a tank and even provide power only a bass addict can dream of. Currently, their best seller is the HIPPOXL 152R that produces a whopping 3000 watts of RMS. Massive’s line is well suited for completion and it will never let you down.

For conventional subwoofers, Kicker stands out in terms of quality and price. They have 12 subwoofer lines that cater to different applications and various price ranges. For starter upgrades, the CompR series are very popular such as the 43CWR104, 43CWR124 or 43CWR154 that produces reliable bass sounds for the money. For premium model, nothing can go wrong with Kicker’s Q class. With their innovative classic square design and oversized magnets will allow every drop of power to get from the sub to your ears.

Lastly, there are other notable premium brands to mention like Alpine’s Type-R series, Pioneer’s A-series, Focal’s Elite and Auditor lines; and Hertz and Audison. These are more upscale models that are preferred by high-end audiophiles.

    

This makes you think, how to I select which subwoofer to buy? The answer lies on different factors. First is Power. This is the main criteria to consider identifying how much bass you want to produce for your car. There are misconceptions that you refer to the peak power, but it is the other way around. You should look at the RMS which is the rating for continuous power a subwoofer produces. If you are within the RMS power, you are not risking your subs or amp to be blown. Subsequently, after knowing the power, one should also consider the sensitivity of the sub. This determines how sensitive the subwoofer to receive power to produce for the sound required. It is also important to consider how low the frequency range the subwoofer will produce. This is indicated by the frequency range of the subwoofer.

Does size matter? Will a 15” sub produce more bass than a 10” or 8”? This is technically true but do not underestimate smaller subs. There are some smaller size subwoofers that produce quality bass. One factor to consider size is if it will fit your vehicle.

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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.

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HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR CAR AUDIO BRANDS

There are thousands of car audio brands worldwide and only a few stand out. These are the brands that have stood the test of time in terms of quality, reliability and innovation. Today let’s focus on some of our top brands that have been a household name in the car audio industry.

 

KICKER

Steve Irby founded the company back in 1973 in a small garage in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Love of music drove him to invent the mobile-stereo enclosure market that was the first full-frequency range speaker box designed for cars and trucks. From this day, Kicker went on to produce their popular L7, CompQ, Solo-Baric L7S, CompVX, CompR, CompRT, CompVR, CompVT, CompC and Comp Subwoofers. At the same time, they have developed a number of sub-brands in mobile audio and lifestyle products. Some of them are: VSS which are Vehicle-Specific Solutions for Doge, GM and Ford vehicles. Klock Werks are Kicker products for motorcycles. Kicker has also diversified in lifestyle entertainment such as the wireless outdoor speaker, Bullfrog.

JL AUDIO

The company was started by Jim Birch and Lucio Proni hence the name “JL”. It all began in the mid-1970’s when these two started to tinker with component speakers and designed home-made loudspeakers. First, they started selling these to their friends and eventually, they found themselves selling at a local weekend flea-market.

JL’s first car subwoofer was the 8W2 which is an 8-inch woofer designed to work perfectly on a ported enclosure. It went on to produce the classic PowerWedge series using this 8-inch woofer and continued to use the 10” and 12” variants.

Throughout the years, JL has been a household name in the car audio industry and their name is synonymous to Stealthbox, W3, W7, TW3 and a whole lot more.

JVC-KENWOOD

JVCKenwood was formed with the merger of Japan Victor Company and Kenwood Corp in 2008. JVC was found back in 1927 and was best known for introducing the first TV in Japan and developing the VHS recorder. JVC also popularized radios in 1939 and in the midst of World War II, it parted ways with RCA-Victor in 1943, maintaining its name today as Victor Entertainment. JVC has established its name in the car audio industry by producing some of the most sought after stereos such as the KW-V950BW, KD-T905BTS and CS-J620 to name a few.

On the other hand, Kenwood was formed in Japan in 1946 also as a manufacturer of modern hi-fi products. In the late 70’s, they released a series of integrated amplifiers stereo-powered amplifiers. Presently, Kenwood is a leading manufacturer of Car Electronics, Professional Communications devices and home audio products. They are one of the most popular innovators for advanced stereo technology such as the DNX996R, DNR876D and the DNX576S.

JBL-INFINITY

JBL was founded by James B. Lansing in 1946. JBL produced the first commercially available 4” diaphragm driver in the 1950’s. As a result, the guitar manufacturer, Fender, incorporated the D130F into their famous amplifier, signaling JBL’s entry into the music industry. JBL also expanded their catalog to include car audio electronics. Their noteworthy products are Stage, Stadium and Club series speakers. In addition, JBL has diversified in marine and wireless car electronics as well.

Infinity on the other hand was founded back in 1968 and has produced some of the innovative home and mobile products that made us of neodymium magnets, mylar diaphragms and polypropylene cones. Infinity is responsible for the production of the EMIT (electromagnetic induction tweeter) which is a quasi-ribbon that worked on moving air based on the principle of electromagnetic induction. Infinity is best known for their KAPPA, Perfect and Reference speakers and subwoofer. They have also outstanding marine products for your boats and yachts.

In 1969, JBL was sold and likewise, in 1983, Infinity officially became part of Harman International Industries.

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