Staff writers at Sonic Electronix are experts in their field. In addition to a complete in-house training program, these experts typically have many years of hands-on experience in their specialty. Some come from car audio installer backgrounds, while others come with extensive retail experience.
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T/S (Thiele/Small) Parameters

T/S (Thiele/Small) Parameters

Thiele and Small Parameters (also referred to as T/S parameters) are used to define technical electromechanical parameters for a loudspeaker.  These specifications are used ...

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How to Create a Proper Ground

How to Create a Proper Ground

When installing an amplifier in your vehicle, the ground wire can make or break your sound system. An improperly installed ground can cause headlights to dim, amplifiers to burn, ...

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What Types of Wiring Do I Need to Install an Amplifier?

What Types of Wiring Do I Need to Install an Amplifier?

Power wire…ground wire…everything seems to involve wires. There is no escaping it, your amplifier needs wires or it won’t provide you with high quality sound. To make sure you ...

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Types of Wiring Harnesses

Types of Wiring Harnesses

Wires and lots of them! You open up the dash and all you see is a rainbow of colored strands that disappear into the inside of your car. It can be a daunting task to whip out the ...

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Wiring Harness Color Standards

Wiring Harness Color Standards

Aftermarket car audio wiring harnesses use a standard color code to identify what the wire is used for.  Understanding what these colors mean can make your installation faster, ...

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What Are Component Speakers?

What Are Component Speakers?

A component speakers has separate woofers, tweeters, and external crossovers which allow for many different installation configurations. Component systems can have anywhere from 2 ...

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What Are Coaxial Speakers?

What Are Coaxial Speakers?

Coaxial speakers are speakers comprised of a midrange woofer and a tweeter which is either built-in or suspended over the midrange woofer. The majority of stock OEM car speakers ...

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Where Do I Ground My Amplifier?

Where Do I Ground My Amplifier?

What is the purpose of a ground wire? A ground wire provides the least resistance to “earth ground” or chassis ground so that there is little possibility for a human to get ...

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What Gauge Wire Do I Need For My Amp?

What Gauge Wire Do I Need For My Amp?

When installing an aftermarket car audio system, having the correct wire connections is very important. The right cables and wires ensure that the strongest signal is going to the ...

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Where to Install an Amplifier

Where to Install an Amplifier

You have your amplifier in hand, checked its dimensions, and now all you have to do is mount it inside your vehicle. Amplifiers can be sensitive to electrical and motor noise ...

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Differences In Subwoofer Sizes

Differences In Subwoofer Sizes

Cars come in all different shapes, sizes, flavors and variants. So do subwoofers, speakers and amplifiers.  It is this fact alone that allows everyone to get exactly what they ...

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How to Wire a Subwoofer in Parallel (From 4 ohm to 2 ohm load)

How to Wire a Subwoofer in Parallel (From 4 ohm to 2 ohm load)

Required Tools: 12 Gauge Speaker Wire Wire Stripper/Crimper Screws Power Drill Solder Gun In this article we will provide a step by step guide for wiring a dual 4 ...

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How to Match a Subwoofer and an Amplifier

How to Match a Subwoofer and an Amplifier

As you scavenge deeper into the realm of car audio, you begin to realize that figuring out the proper amplifier/subwoofer setup is a lot harder than just matching power ratings. ...

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How to Use A Multimeter

How to Use A Multimeter

You may have seen a multimeter being used by your local electrician or even a stereo installation shop. This universal tool is a must-have in all homes for many reasons. You do ...

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Immobilizers and Immobilizer Bypasses

Immobilizers and Immobilizer Bypasses

Immobilizers have been around for years and are available in a few different designs but they all have one job; to stop people from borrowing your car without your permission. ...

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