Category: Car Amplifiers

How to Tune an Amplifier

How to Tune an Amplifier

In order to get the absolute best performance & sound quality from your amplifier it is very important to know exactly how to properly tune an amplifier. The most common misconception of tuning an amplifier is that the settings are intended to 'give you the most power output', this is not the case. This article ...

What is a Bluetooth Amplifier

What is a Bluetooth Amplifier

One of the best perks of constantly evolving technology is the new products that hit the market every year. While Bluetooth amplifiers aren’t technically new, RE Audio released the BT900.4 Bluetooth amp about a year ago, they are becoming increasingly more common with Cerwin Vega, Infinity, JBL and Kicker releasing ...

Car Audio 101: Car Amplifiers

An amplifier is really a simple piece of your aftermarket sound system. A car amplifier basically amplifies a signal from a source (in the case of a car sound system, your stereo) to a much greater signal. Signals from source units are typically fairly low voltage, which is fine for most speakers (but not subwoofers), ...

Sonic Electronix Certified Amplifiers

Sonic Electronix Certified Amplifiers* are thoroughly tested by our in-house experts for accurate power output compared to manufacturer stated ratings, ensuring you know the true power ratings before you purchase your amplifier. Our certified amps are professionally tested to determine true amplifier power output ...

Amplifier Wiring Kit Buying Guide

Amplifier Wiring Kit Buying Guide

When looking to get the most out of your car’s sound system, an amplifier is often times the way to go. However, installing an amp into your system isn’t as simple as buying one and plugging it in, you also will need to purchase an amplifier wiring kit that meets the power and wiring needs of the amplifier you already ...

Car Amplifier Buying Guide

Car Amplifier Buying Guide

Intro Buying an amplifier for a car audio system can be a daunting task. It can be a challenge for someone new to the industry to select the perfect amplifier for their application, so we’ve put together this guide to help you find out what type of amplifier you need for your new system. Remember – you should either ...

What Is the Gain Setting On an Amplifier?

What Is the Gain Setting On an Amplifier?

The objective of an audio amplifier is to boost the incoming audio signal that is supplied by a radio or receiver. When we say audio signal, we mean a low voltage electrical current that a radio outputs which has all the information of your musical selection in it. The typical audio signal from a CD player averages ...

How to Adjust Amplifier Gains Using a Digital Multi-Meter

How to Adjust Amplifier Gains Using a Digital Multi-Meter

The gain adjustment control on an amplifier is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the car audio world. Well, basic concepts that is. The purpose of the gain control is to level match the  head unit’s output voltage to the gain structure of the amplifier so that the input is not overdriven which would introduce ...

Damping Factor

Damping Factor

When you look at an amplifier’s specifications you may come across one that says “Damping Factor”. The damping factor describes the ability of the amplifier to control the movement of a speaker, more specifically, unwanted movement. This is especially important for lower frequency speakers such as car subwoofers.  ...

Car Amplifier Troubleshooting Guide

Car Amplifier Troubleshooting Guide

Follow this basic car amplifier troubleshooting guide to help you determine possible problems with your amplifier.  Basic errors are most often the cause of sound system problems.  A majority of these installation errors can be easily fixed by yourself.  If you are experiencing any of the problems listed below, try ...

Amplifier Classes (Topology)

Amplifier Classes (Topology)

A car audio amplifier increases the power of the signal being fed to it by taking energy from its power supply and matching the signal but increasing its amplitude. Whoa, yeah that may be hard to swallow for some people. To put it in every day terms, an amplifier takes an electric signal and makes it bigger which ...

RMS V.S. Peak Power

RMS V.S. Peak Power

Car audio is all about the power ratings. The objective is to match up the power of your amplifier with the power handling capabilities of your speakers or subwoofers. Seems simple enough…until they throw around words like RMS, peak, max and dynamic and then throw the word “power” after it. As a basic rule of thumb, ...