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keep_hope_alive
01-29-2012, 11:44 PM
The purpose of this Sticky is to provide links to useful information associated with car audio and audio in general. Often the same questions are asked over and over again, and the answers to these questions could easily be found with a simple Google search. Part of the problem that many of those new to car audio have is knowing what to search for, what the industry terms are, and who to trust. There is a lot of conflicting information, and there will certainly be conflicting information between the links below.

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The following links have been grouped by their content. Some links provide content that covers all of the topics.


USACi 2012 SQ Rules NEW!
http://www.soundoff.org/rules.htm

IASCA 2012 Rules -
Become a website member of IASCA.com to download the 2010 Rules

MECA 2012 Rulebook NEW!
http://www.mecacaraudio.com/dnn50/Competitors/SQL/GeneralSQLRules.aspx



Glossary
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Mobile Electronics Glossary of Terms and Definitions - ABX Comparator to Azimuth (http://www.the12volt.com/glossary/glossaryofterms/A.html)


Electrical Basics and more
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Car Audio Basics (http://www.caraudiohelp.com/car_audio_basics/car_audio_basics.htm)
Car Audio Basics (http://www.caraudiobook.com/car_audio_basics/car_audio_basics.htm)
Car Stereo, Mobile Video, Navigation (http://www.the12volt.com/caraudio/caraudio.asp)
http://www.scosche.com/media/pdf/ScoscheCarAudio%20101_DRAFT_7_18_2006.pdf


Good Resources - More Than Basics
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Basic Car Audio Electronics (http://www.bcae1.com/)
The rec.audio.car FAQ (http://www.mobileaudio.com/rac-faq/)
Car Alarm, Car Stereo, Mobile Video, and Cruise Control Info for Installers (http://www.the12volt.com/)
Car Stereo How-to - Stereo installation, guides, and troubleshooting - Car Audio and Electronics (http://caraudiomag.com/how-to)
Car Electronic Basics (http://www.caraudiohelp.com/car_audio_electrical_basics/car_audio_electrical_basics.htm) NEW
Car Audio FAQ (http://stason.org/TULARC/entertainment/audio/car/index.html)
Engineering Acoustics/Bass Reflex Enclosure Design - Wikibooks, open books for an open world (http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Engineering_Acoustics/Bass_Reflex_Enclosure_Design)
TeamROCS technical pages (http://www.teamrocs.com/technical/)
rec.audio.car FAQ (Part 4/5) (http://faqs.org/faqs/car-audio/part4/)
Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (http://www.mecp.com/downloads.asp)



Frequency Charts
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Interactive Frequency Chart - Independent Recording Network (http://www.independentrecording.net/irn/resources/freqchart/main_display.htm)
Frequency and Wavelength Calculator (http://www.1728.com/freqwave.htm)


Speaker Layout and Imaging
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How to Get the Best Stereo Imaging & Soundstage (http://www.crutchfield.com/learn/learningcenter/car/speakers_imaging_soundstage.html)
Apparatus For Improving Image In Car Audio System, And Control Method Thereof (http://www.freshpatents.com/Apparatus-for-improving-image-in-car-audio-system-and-control-method-thereof-dt20060706ptan20060147053.php)



Sound Deadening
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Sound Deadener Showdown - Your Source for Sound Deadening Products and Information (http://www.sounddeadenershowdown.com/)


Subwoofer Theory and Design guides
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Audio Innovation - by Dan Marx www.danmarx.org (http://www.danmarx.org/audioinnovation/theories.html)
rec.audio.car Frequently Asked Questions: Subwoofers (http://www.mobileaudio.com/rac-faq/rac-faq_4.html)
Audiogear Reviews - Enclosure Design - Introduction (http://audiogearreviews.com/tech/theory/enclosure_design/enclosure_design.asp)
The Subwoofer DIY Page (http://www.diysubwoofers.org/)
Infinite baffle woofer box (http://www.mobileinformationlabs.com/HowTo-1WooferBox-infinite-baffel_1.htm)

Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams
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Rockford Fosgate® - Woofer WiringWizard (http://www.rockfordfosgate.com/rftech/woofer_wizard.asp)
Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-zgDDrIx9It8/learn/learningcenter/car/subwoofers_wiring.html)

Fiberglass Tutorials
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Fiberglass subwoofer box - a tutorial (http://www.gadrivers.net/~dwicker/fiberglass.html)
Fiberglass Forums - Powered by vBulletin (http://fiberglassforums.com/)


Aperiodic Enclosures
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JL w6 in Aperiodic enclosure? - CARSOUND.COM Forum (http://www.audiogroupforum.com/csforum/showthread.php?t=19152) - explains the Qts required
Aperiodic Speaker Enclosure Design (http://diyaudioprojects.com/Technical/Aperiodic/)
Audiogear Reviews - Enclosure Design - Aperiodic Membrane (http://audiogearreviews.com/tech/theory/enclosure_design/aperiodic_membrane.asp)



Infinite Baffle
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Audiogear Reviews - Enclosure Design - Infinite Baffle (http://audiogearreviews.com/tech/theory/enclosure_design/infinite_baffle.asp)
Car Audio Subwoofer Enclosures Second Order, Infinite Baffle, Free Air (http://www.the12volt.com/caraudio/boxes1.asp)


Amplifiers
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Anatomy of the Power Amplifier - Features - Car Audio and Electronics (http://caraudiomag.com/articles/anatomy-power-amplifier)
JL Audio » header » Support » Tutorials » Tutorial: Input Sensitivity (Gain) Setting (http://www.jlaudio.com/header/Support/Tutorials/Input+Sensitivity+%28Gain%29+Setting/Tutorial%3A+Input+Sensitivity+%28Gain%29+Setting/287546)

Gain Setting Tutorial Download from JL Audio (http://mediacdn.shopatron.com/media/mfg/9013/media_document/live_1/gainSetting.pdf?1314072349)


Factory Integration
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Metra Online | Welcome to Metra Auto Parts Online Warehouse (http://www.metraonline.com)
http://www.scosche.com/media/pdf/GM_app_guide.pdf
iPod Integration for your car and More by Pac-Audio - Connecting you to the future (http://www.pac-audio.com/)
Vehicle Wiring Diagrams (http://www.modifiedlife.com/)


Factory Wiring Identification
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Stereo, Alarm, Remote Starter, Cruise Control, Navigation Wiring (http://www.the12volt.com/installbay/vehicles.html)
Car Radio Wiring Diagrams and Car Stereo Wiring Diagrams (http://www.modifiedlife.com/car-radio-and-car-stereo-wiring-diagrams/)

Wiring - Speaker and RCA theory
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Speaker Wire (http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm)

keep_hope_alive
01-29-2012, 11:44 PM
Common Myths explained
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Too Little Power Blowing Speakers (http://www.bcae1.com/2ltlpwr.htm)
Car Audio Myths (http://www.caraudiohelp.com/newsletter/car_audio_myths.htm)
Speaker Wire (http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm)


Explanations
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- Sub Facing Front or Back? Aiming your subwoofer box (http://www.teamrocs.com/technical/pages/aiming.htm)

Software (freeware)
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Steve Ekblad's Free Audio Software and On-Line Enclosure Design (http://www.audiogrid.com/audio/)
Latest News. Audio Rightmark (http://audio.rightmark.org/index_new.shtml)
Speaker Workshop (http://www.speakerworkshop.com/)
Vented Ported Subwoofer Box Enclosure Calculator Speaker Cabinet Program (http://www.ajdesigner.com/speaker/bcv.php)
Tone Generator Software - Audio Test Tone and Sound Frequency Generator (http://www.nch.com.au/tonegen/index.html?gclid=CJvxpsT8kZ0CFUdM5QodLVRm2Q)
Test Tone Generator - Free Download - Tucows Downloads (http://www.tucows.com/preview/240287)
Linear Technology Design Tools and Software (http://www.linear.com/designtools/software/)
Bode and Nyquist Using Excel (http://www.chem.mtu.edu/~tbco/cm416/freqexcel.html)
FFTs in Excel (http://www.maxim-ic.com/appnotes.cfm/an_pk/3292#download)



Circuit Design Sites (General Electrical)
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Homo ludens electronicus (http://ludens.cl/Electron/Electron.html)
Virtual Ground Circuits (http://tangentsoft.net/elec/vgrounds.html)
Electronics (http://tangentsoft.net/elec/)


Passive Filter Design
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TA Speaker Topics - Neutralizing L(e) with a Zobel (http://www.trueaudio.com/st_zobel.htm)
Car Audio - Series Notch Filter - Speaker Impedance Correction at Fs (Resonant Frequency) (http://www.carstereo.com/help/Articles.cfm?id=23)
Crossover Design Chart and Inductance vs. Frequency Calculator(Low-pass) (http://www.apicsllc.com/apics/Misc/filter2.html)
Passive Crossover Design Equations Formulas Calculator - Two Way First Order Network Butterworth (http://www.ajdesigner.com/crossover/crossoverfirst.php)
Bass Blocker Capacitors (http://www.carstereo.com/help/Articles.cfm?id=1)
Crossover Explanations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_crossover)

Online Calculators
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dB Volt Calculator (http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-db-volt.htm)
Sound Level Calculator (http://www.sfu.ca/sonic-studio/handbook/Decibel.html)
Acoustics Toolbox (http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/acoustics-noise-decibels-t_27.html)



Acoustical Products
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http://www.soundaway.com/Mass_Loaded_Vinyl_Barrier_s/31.htm?searching=Y&sort=5&cat=31&show=8&page=1
http://www.asistorefront.com/p-231-mass-loaded-vinyl-noise-barrier.aspx
http://www.soundisolationstore.com/products/mass-loaded-vinyl/1-pound-per-square-foot-mlv/mass-loaded-vinyl-mlv-1-lb.html
http://www.acousticalsurfaces.com



Technical References
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Sinusoids Applications and Modeling (http://mathdemos.gcsu.edu/mathdemos/sinusoidapp/sinusoidapp.html)
Acoustics Primer/Intro (http://www.indiana.edu/~emusic/acoustics/acoustics.htm)
Handbook on the Decibel (http://www.sfu.ca/sonic-studio/handbook/Decibel.html)
Recommended Power and Ground Cable Sizes (http://www.the12volt.com/info/recwirsz.asp)
Understanding Theil-Small Parameters (http://www.electronixwarehouse.com/education/speakers/theil-small.htm)

keep_hope_alive
01-29-2012, 11:45 PM
Note - this thread will soon be a reference sticky. it won't live in this section very long and any comments will probably be deleted.

keep_hope_alive
01-31-2012, 02:15 PM
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