I've always had a passion for cars and audio. My childhood consisted of many car shows as well as helping my father work on his vintage cars. I've also always had a passion for music - I like all kinds of music and am fluent in a few different instruments. Today, I'm a marketing assistant at Sonic Electronix and very much enjoy all things audio!
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What are Bass Restoration Processors?

When it comes to your car audio system, bass is an extremely important factor. In order for you to truly enjoy the music in your vehicle, you will need to be able to hear your music’s low frequencies! Although adding a subwoofer to your car audio system will definitely allow you to hear more of those low frequencies, a bass restoration processor digitally restores that heart-pounding bass that is still missing from your music. Bass restoration processors are the perfect add-on for those who want the lowest hitting bass possible. You can read this Knowledge Base Article if you’d like to learn about all the different types of sound processors.

1How a Bass Restoration Processor Works

A bass restoration processor, also called a bass booster or bass restoration processor, such as AudioControl’s Epicenter, has multiple adjustments which allow the user to bring out the ideal amount of bass for their music. Most of the time, they have three types ofAudioControl Epicenter adjustments: frequency, width, and level. The frequency adjustment allows you to choose the specific frequencies you would like brought out in your music. This allows you to have complete control over the bass in your system. Width adjustments on bass restoration processors allow you to choose the amount of frequencies that are affected. You can adjust the processor to affect a wide or narrow bandwidth of frequencies around the selected frequency. For example, if you have set the processor to affect 30 Hz, a narrow setting would only mainly affect that frequency, while a wide setting would affect a large range of frequencies around 30 Hz. Lastly, you can adjust the amount of manipulation for that selected frequency at the selected width, with the level adjustment. If you would like to get the most bass possible, you can crank the level knob up. In addition, you can also turn it all the way down if you would like to. For convenient adjusting of this setting, this knob is usually located on an included bass remote.

2Types of Bass Restoration Processors

Most bass restoration processors are the same, with some varying features such as different types of bass adjustments. Most of them include a bass remote, however there are a couple that do not have this accessory included. In addition, these sound processors have a variety of maximum output voltages. Lastly, most bass restoration processors have an auxiliary input, although there are a couple models that don’t come with this input.

2How to Wire a Bass Restoration Processor

Most bass processors are connected the same way. There are Ground, 12V power, and remote inputs on the processor that will all be hooked up to your aftermarket car stereo. The ground wire from your car stereos is going to go straight to the processor, the yellow 12V wire will also go straight from the car stereo to the processor, as well as the blue and white remote wire which will go from your car stereo – right to the bass processor. This will allow you to tie in power for the processor right from your car stereo. To get signal to the processor, you’re going to hook up an RCA from your car stereo’s subwoofer pre-out to the input of your monoblock amplifier. Then, you will use a jumper RCA connected from the output of your bass processor and into the input on your monoblock amplifier. And that’s all it takes to wire your bass processor up, so you can start restoring the bass in your car audio sound system.

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What Type of Digital Sound Processor (DSP) Do I Need?

When it comes to digital sound processors, there are a few different types which have different benefits and are used to achieve different things. Digital sound processors consists of equalizers, bass restoration processors and expanders, line drivers, crossovers, and factory radio sound processors. Each of these sound processors will improve your specific sound system in a different way. If you want the most out of your sound system, a quality sound processor is essential. After some slight adjustments with any of these devices, your system will sound like it has been professionally tuned and optimized. Read more to find out which sound processor your system could benefit from.


1Equalizers

NVX XEQ7

An equalizer, like the NVX XEQ7, is a device that allows you to fine tune your car’s sound to your liking. These adjustments that an equalizer allows you to make are for specific ranges of sound known as ‘frequency bands’. An equalizer will smooth out the frequency response of your system and help you eliminate unwanted distortion. If you want to have precise control over your sound, you’re going to need to add an equalizer. Adding an equalizer to your sound system will allow you to tune your sound to match your preferences, as well as to the acoustics of your specific car. Read more about equalizers here.

2Bass Restoration Processors + Expanders

AudioControl Epicenter

Bass restoration processors, or bass expanders, improve the low frequency reproduction in a car audio system with at least one subwoofer. Bass expander products, such as the famous AudioControl Epicenter, will help your car’s subwoofers produce more accurate bass. These devices restore the earth-shaking power and heart-pounding bass your subwoofers crave. If you are looking for a system that hits lower and harder, a bass restoration processor is the sound processor for you.

3Crossovers

Electronic crossovers, such as the AudioControl 2XS divide your car’s music into high, low and midrange frequency ranges. These crossovers are perfect for those who want to run an active sound quality system. With an electronic crossover, you can eliminate the passive crossovers and have more control over the frequencies that go to each of the speakers in your system. Some of these crossovers are combinations of both stereo crossovers and stereo equalizers or line drivers.

4Line Drivers

Line drivers will enhance your audio signal output coming from any factory or aftermarket head unit receiver. They help increase the volume output without over-driving your source or amplifier. The use of a line driver, such as the AudioControl OverDrive, in your car audio system will allow your amplifier’s gain to be set lower, and reducing the system’s low-level noise.

5Factory Radio Sound Processors

JBL MS-8

For those who want to keep their factory radio, yet would also like to achieve the best sound possible in their vehicle, factory radio sound processors are just the thing for you. These sound processors, like JBL’s MS-8 Digital Sound Processor, are professional sound processors which improve the acoustics of your factory audio system. With factory radio sound processors, your factory system will sound better than you ever thought possible. In addition, most of these sound processors also have built-in equalizers, line drivers, and crossovers to  improve every measure of audio performance including frequency response, bass performance, dynamics, clarity, detail and stereo imaging.


 

Now that you know what each type of digital sound processor’s function and benefits are, you can better make a decision of which one is best for your sound system. If, however, you still need help choosing which sound processor will work for you, you can always call our knowledgeable experts at 1-877-289-7664!

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How to Install a Backup Camera

Vehicle backup cameras are a great way to ensure car safety when on the road. Rear view cameras enable the driver to see clearly behind them while driving in reverse, which can be especially helpful while parking. These cameras are available in a wide variety of colors and styles to fit each vehicle. Some come with a license plate frame or are license plate mountable. Others are flush mounted to your bumper or include a bracket for mounting. Backup cameras are usually available in black or chrome and some are even paint-able to truly match the vehicle. They also come with varying features such as distance meters or night vision. This guide will explain how to install your backup camera, while using the Boyo Vision VTL275HDL and Boyo Vision VTL422HDL backup cameras as examples.

 

1Plan Your Install

Before you begin installing your backup camera, you will need to have a good idea of how the install will work. Whether you have a license plate mount or flush mount backup up camera, you will need to drill a hole either somewhere behind the license plate or somewhere in the bumper. In addition, you’ll need to find out which panels will need to be removed for the install and where you are going to feed the wires throughout the vehicle.

 

2Mount the Camera & Run the Cables

Once you have completely planned out your install, the first thing you want to do is mount your backup camera to your vehicle. Next, run the cables from the backup camera to the front of the vehicle so that you can connect them to your headunit. You will need to feed the cables from the trunk, along the side of the vehicle’s interior, past the driver’s side kick panel, and finally up into the dash and into the radio.

3Make Your Connections

The next step is to connect the backup camera’s cables to your headunit. The most important are the video input and power cables. Connect the backup camera’s power wires to the headunit’s power connections. Next, insert the video output connection from the backup camera, into the headunit’s video input. Lastly, make any other extra connections that your backup camera may have, such as a remote.

4Test the Backup Camera

It is an excellent idea to test the camera before you reassemble the vehicle. To do this, just fire up the vehicle and make sure the backup camera is working the way it should. This is also a great time to test any features your backup and camera may have as well as adjusting any of the camera’s settings. Once you are confident that everything is working right, it is time for the final step!

5Reassemble the Vehicle

The final step to your backup camera install is to reassemble the vehicle. This will mostly consist of replacing any panels that may have been taken off during this process. And that’s it! This install is an incredibly easy process which will ensure your safety while driving. Until next time, we’ll cya later!

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How to Replace Super Tweeters

As you may be aware, tweeters are an essential part of any car audio system in order to really get the most out of your music’s high frequencies. The great thing about some super tweeters, is that they are fully rebuildable. Therefore, if something happens to your super tweeter -instead of throwing away the whole thing, you can just buy a rebuild kit! This rebuild process is extremely easy, and today we are going to show you exactly how to rebuild your super tweeter, while using the Audiopipe ATR4421 heavy duty super tweeter as an example.

 

1Get Your Super Tweeter Rebuild Kit

Before you begin rebuilding your tweeter, you will need a voice coil rebuild kit – such as the Audiopipe ATV4421 tweeter rebuild kit. Once you have this replacement voice coil kit, you can start rebuilding your super tweeter!

 

2Taking Apart the Tweeter

To start, remove the three philips head screws from the top of the tweeter and the one philips head screw from the bottom of the tweeter. Once you have removed all of the screws, you can remove the phase plug off of the top of the voice coil and place it somewhere safe until it is time to put your tweeter back together.

3Replace the Voice Coil

The next step is to replace the voice coil. Simply remove the defective voice coil off the top of the magnet and replace it with the new replacement voice coil.

4Put the Super Tweeters Back Together

Once the new voice coil is in place, the next step is to place the phase plug on top of the voice coil. Once the phase plug is in place, flip over the tweeter to replace the bottom screw. This will make sure the phase plug is in place. Next, you will turn the tweeter back over, take your tweeter’s top plate, and place it on top of the tweeter. Lastly, take the three screws you removed from the top of the tweeter earlier, and put those back in the tweeter’s top plate so that the top plate is firmly secured to your new voice coil.

And that’s it! This is a incredibly easy process which will ensure that your heavy duty super tweeter lasts a long time. Until next time, we’ll cya later!

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