StP SoundProofing And SoundDampening Materials – Keep The Music In, And The Sound Out

November 9th, 2010

The STP Standartplast experience is simple. Its aim is to create a  silent surrounding, eliminate vibration (and loss of energy), absence of distortion, heightened the acoustic performances, better atmosphere for music/movie, mobile, navigation, and protection against thermal changes.The STP product is technically proven with research and development deriving from use in military applications, and a huge research chemical lab and staff force to constantly work on finding a solution to noise and vibration problems in various industries and in our context, for the automotive field. Quality of the product is impeccable and product range is complete to address all areas of our vehicle that is susceptible to noise and vibration.

It is now possible to quieten the car cabin for a pleasant driving experience. For the audio enthusiast, we can treat the irritating rattles and nagging vibrations on metal surfaces and plastic panels. Application requires technique and careful understanding of how to mix-match the use of STP products. With discussion with STP engineers we clearly have the idea and have applied it to our customer’s vehicles with experience. In addition, we believe that correct usage requires good fitting and visual pleasantness. 

With proper use and implementation by Audio Creations, we are confident the quality of STP products will be effectively evident in your vehicle.

The StandartPlast program offered by STP is now available at Audio Creations for all vehicle types and makes.

- to reduce noises and vibrations, everywhere
- to turn your car into a “music paradise”
- to make your vehicle more silent and comfortable
- to increase the safety
- to let you discover a new way of driving

NEW Map, Same Location

October 9th, 2010

Since the tunnel leading to NZX Commercial Centre had been made one-way (out), we cannot rely on the GPS coordinates to lead you here from the LDP highway. Take note that GPS will try to direct you through a one-way tunnel. The tunnel can still be used to make your way out to LDP, but since it is no longer two-way like it used to be, you have to follow this map and take the first tunnel, a mild detour. An easier way is to use the highway leading to the Subang airport which is easier to comprehend.

Kindly follow this new map (courtesy of canaanland website). Observe the instructions on the map.

If you’re taking public transport, please adhere to the following bus route: From Kelana Jaya LRT Station, take RapidKL Bus T607 to NiuZeXui Ara Damansara (www.rapidkl.com.my scheduling details)

Our address:
AUDIO CREATIONS
C-2-06 NZX Commercial Centre,
Jalan PJU1A/41B, Ara Jaya,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.
Tel: 012-3315669 (Michael)
Email: michael@audio-creations.com

Mcintosh Labs MCC302 going strong. Legendary brand sets the highest standard for car audio electronics

September 29th, 2010

 

Mcintosh Laboratory has defined the highest quality in sound reproduction for many years and continues to set high standards for both performance and reliability till today.

We never thought much about Mcintosh in the early days of Audio Creations because there were so many brands out there promising high-end car audio and like a kid, we wanted to sample them all.

We very well knew then that Mcintosh was a well known, high-end brand that sounds good, offers a steady performance, with no complaints and carries on it’s duty, perfectly as an all-rounder.

After years of trying everything else, we now fully appreciate what Mcintosh is…. yes, a no-frills, analogue sounding, powerful, well-built product and that is exactly what we need.

Mcintosh car audio line is not very extensive, even the fingers is enough to count. There’s two range of head unit/cd players – the MX406 and the current flagship MX5000 and external DAC, MDA5000. The amplifiers offered in the Mc lineup are the MCC301 monoblock, MCC302 high-powered stereo 2 channel and MCC404M, a multichannel 4 channel amplifier. The MCC602TM which was one of our favorite saw it’s end of product cycle not too long ago, and will be missed dearly. http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/downloads/product_downloads/car_audio_electronics_602tm_review.pdf

Today, we would like to bring your attention to the Mcintosh MCC302, which is very well worth mentioning and even more worth your time to check it out if you’re you looking for a mid to high-end amplifier.

The MCC302 is a very nice amplifier that is made affordable here at Audio Creations. Specifications as follow (click the link for pdf manual):
150watts x 2 @ 4 ohms; 300watts x 2 @ 2ohms; bridged mono 600watts @ 4 ohms.
Mcc302

Audition and sampling of any Mcintosh car audio product is available at our showroom. An appointment can also be arrange to install and try the product in your car depending on availability of a used/demo unit.

We have very good condition preowned MC420, MC425, MC431, MC443M, MCC444 amplifiers, MX5000 and MDA5000, MX4000 and MDA4000 head units and MPM4000 power output meter for the budget conscious that still urge for a bite of Mcintosh legendary performance. Call Michael at 0123315669 for arrangements.

If you are looking for brand new current production models, please call us and while you are at it, browse the Mcintosh Labs car audio section: http://mcintoshlabs.com/products/Car-Audio.asp

Head Units: MX406 and flagship MX5000 and MDA5000 external dac

Amplifiers: MCC302 2channel, MCC404M 4 channel, MCC406M 6 channel, MCC301M monoblock

Speakers: MSS530 and MSS630

Spare/Service parts: Optic lens for MX406, MX4000 and MX5000. DC-DC power supply for MX406, MX4000 and MX5000; Clarion DRX9255(EX or EXL) and Clarion HX-D1 users can also enquire with us.

AudioControl Processors – Understand Why Audio Creations Wholeheartedly Uses Them!

September 29th, 2010

AudioControl is a 30 year old company in the USA that designs and manufactures only the best audio, video and measurement equipment for home, car and the professional arena. The products are handcrafted for the enthusiast , which requires a little more time to understand what each product can do and how it can help them achieve the pursuit of good, if not, great sound.

Audio Creations uses AudioControl products for a reason. Not because of pricing, not because of how it looks, not because of the difficulty/ease of use and not because of any other reason but because it works and it gives us the sound/end results we are looking for.

The way we see it, AudioControl is a niche product, not meant for the regular accessory shops or cash and carry shops. It’s premium engineering, made by people with passion on technicalities, which adds up to the thriving sound it gives. What we like most with AudioControl products is the tunability and flexibility it gives to custom installers and high-end modders.

If you ask us, every car audio .. be it low, mid, high-end systems requires an AudioControl. How to use them to maximum ability, potential, and even how not to overuse them is where Audio Creations speciality lies.

Among the processors we carry and use extensively are EQL, EQX, 4xs, 3xs, 2xs, Overdrive, LC6i etc. The different processors are useful for application/integration with oem players as well as aftermarket high-end players.

Crossovers: 2xs – 18dB 2way crossover; 6xs – 24dB 3way crossover

Equalizers: EQL – 2in 2out 13band; EQX 2in 8out 13band

OEM Integration: line output converter 6 high level speaker inputs 6 pre-amp RCA output; internal channel summing output (for OEM players or amplifiers with in-built filters/crossover that cannot be defeated or turn off); 12-volt turn on lead GTO (sensing), important feature since the stock player does not have remote output

Overdrive: 13 volt line driver; best solution for weak pre-outs from the source units

We offer high-end crossover modules (stock spec, upgraded spec, premium spec and high-end carbon spec), performance upgrades (higher capacitance power supply filter capacitors with low ESR, highend premium signal path coupling capacitors etc.) and professional advice on AudioControl products, new and used.

http://www.audiocontrol.com/t34/Mobile-Audio.html

Cardas Audio RFI/EMI RCA Caps – Eliminate Noise & Improve Overall Performance

September 29th, 2010

                                       Cardas Audio Signature Series RCA Caps and Signature Series RCA Shorting Pin Caps

The Signature Series RCA Caps are non-shorting, billet brass, nickel plated caps that fits over unused female RCA connectors to shield against RFI, EMI, dust and corrosion.

The Signature Series RCA Shorting Pin Caps can be used to short out an input RCA (do not use on outputs). This is desirable on most equipment to lower the noise floor. The Cardas Billet brass, nickel plated caps fit over unused female RCA input connectors, such as “AUX in” to shield against RFI, EMI, dust and corrosion.

Listening impressions:
“The background becomes quieter and spatial information and details presents itself more freely with reduced harshness. The audio system can play louder without sounding messy, jumbled up and noisy! One of the best upgrades so little money can buy”
“I like how the bass has more tout and is tighter, cleaner and yet come across full and wholesome”

Check out the following video to demonstrate the effectiveness of Cardas EMI/RFI Protection Caps and contact us for an appointment to listen to them first hand on our showroom test rig. Video:  Cardas RFI/EMI caps 

V Cap Reference Grade Capacitor for High-end Mods

September 29th, 2010

V cap Reference Grade Teflon Capacitor and V cap Elite Reference Capacitor

A high-end capacitor for use on our general modifications equipment and customized speaker passives.

Kindly call in for further information.
or view the link : http://www.v-cap.com/

The good and the bad about car audio equalizers

February 17th, 2010

Equalizers (EQ) are great tools for fine tuning those little frequencies that is missing in your system.

EQs cannot be applied to solve foundation problems. In fact the more EQ is being used the worst off the system can be tonally.

Our goal is to naturally EQ the system using as much as possible, cable, power management and associated equipment etc., while maintaining an external EQ to fill in the minor missing gaps.

EQs must be flexible, less digital inclined and should not alter the tonal palette drastically.

It should be analog sounding where possible and have a good solid power supply section. EQs can help restore some voltage drop by enhancing back the signal before it is fed to the amplifiers or next chain of equipment.

That is all EQs should do. It is not a magical wand to cure system problem. It is an aid and not a cure.

Without EQs, a system can sound lonely, a tad dry and subdued (depending on systems). EQs enhances the presence, brings back hat little that is missing without overdose.

At Audio Creations (AC), we use Audio Control (AC) not because it is synonymous with AC but due to it’s long standing solidity and quality. We are experts with AC units and we know how to identify which units are better than others and what joys it can bring you, and what it cannot do.

We highly recommend modifications for EQs and crossovers (primarily AC units) by means capacitor upgrades and high-end modules. They make significant tonal benefits and improve the grip and control in the music material. We offer these mods, for both new and used alike.

Know the boundaries of what an EQ can do, and it can be a useful tool to bring you a step up in your car audio system.

Enjoy tuning….

Do I need an expensive, double-stacked, triple-stacked, high-powered subwoofer?

February 16th, 2010

Subwoofers!! Can’t live without one, yet some people are trying ways to do without them. Can we come up with a good car audio system without one? We cannot lie to you, the answer is NO.

I have seen many “champions” spend thousands on a good imported subwoofer but expect to get it all up and running for lows couple of hundred ringgit (RM). You see that commonly in Malaysia because imported car audio equipment is expensive here due to the weak currency, hefty shipping and high-taxes. Therefore people tend to stinge on the application and installs. Furthermore, if you spend on expensive, power hungry (demanding) and low sensitivity subwoofer, be prepared to splurge equally on amplification.

Subwoofers like any speaker driver sounds as good as how you build them. Enclosure, crossover and placement all plays an important part. In other countries, one may spend as much on making the enclosure right as they have invested on the subwoofer driver itself. Some people even build a couple of enclosure to see which ones works best and sounds best in their system.

Sometimes it takes a long time for a person to decide on what subwoofer to buy, but the minute they get it, they rushed for the installers to slap it into a box. Guess what, the choice is usually the smallest sealed enclosure. What if the bass is too hard and does not go low? Stuff it with polyfill?

Building a right enclosure is not rocket science nor it’s a simple task especially in a  car audio environment. It is still a tough nut to crack but with the right expertise, equipment and know-how, you’ll fall in-love with your subwoofer again. It can be a budget JL audio WO, to expensive JL audio W7, to exotics like Scanspeak 23w and Phase Aliante, all the same rules apply.

You don’t need an expensive subwoofer per se. Look at home audio subwoofers, many of them use reasonably affordable drivers, no where high-end! Yet, some home audio ones are very expensive (an indication would be rm5,000-rm15,000). Why? Because it has a built in plate amplifier? Could seem like a good reason but it is not. We know the prices of those plate amplifiers. 

Remember to spend wisely. Equal amounts to material, application and install. Efficiency, displacement and tuning goes a long way.

A sales pitch to promise you results to better your car audio system

February 16th, 2010

A sales pitch! Yes, exactly what it is. Audio Creations is putting out a challenge to enthusiast, customers, loyal followers and even beginners to visit us and see if we can better your system. No obligations, no unnecessary purchases or worries… just a bit of time and inconvenience of leaving your vehicle with us while you are busy at work, vacation or play.

In many instances, the bigger the better, the more power the better, the more delicate the better sound quality, the more status the more bling (or is it the other way around?)… is that what you really want?

We are results oriented. You pay for huge performance and not a shiny new toy or bragging rights. No competitions, trophies, public recognition and attention grabbing. More admirers, less enemies. Gain respect,  gain stature without the fuss and let people brag on your behalf.

Sounds good? That’s what your car audio will be, if you take this step. Call us for an appointment.

0123315669 – michael

 

 

disclaimer: there is none!

Foundation to a solid sounding Car Audio – Power Conditioning

February 16th, 2010

Have you ever wondered why some car audio systems can sound so wholesome and powerful, while some other mega-watt and mega-expensive setups do not sound at all that powerful?

Interestingly, but not uncommon, some systems are so narrow and limited to certain music genres it can perform admirably, while others can give you hours of enjoyment with almost any cds you throw at it.

A very simple truth is a bad foundation. By that I mean, the system is sitting on a bad platform… no, not the car environment, not the car acoustics like everyone like to blame and critisize but a bad footing, known as power supply, or what we at Audio Creations like to term is as car audio power management (CAPM).

Without power, there is no music. Power feeds the source unit, feeds the amplifiers and all tuning devices (processors) before it can do anything to re-create music within your space.

Just like any of us are aware (or if you have not by now), if you playback bad media (badly recorded material, pirate copies, scratched compact disc etc.) through your source unit, do not expect to get much except garbage-in, garbage-out.

However, ever noticed that even if you support well recorded cds, not all of it sound as to what you expect before you pop-it into your cd player. After awhile, you may even stop buying because ‘expensive’ did not give you the desired results or equal enjoyment.

Why? you ask us… At Audio Creations we address the whys and why nots before addressing the change this and change that because we believe in giving you more than what is worth to your ears and not what it is worth to your pocket.

CAPM is a serious issue, especially if you have spent thousands, tens of thousands or more on your system without jaw dropping improvements. Without writing an essay, CAPM gives you:

a) squeezes out the full capability of your equipment – you want 100% from your investment and not merely 20-30% of what your gears are capable of.

b) makes a quieter background, one that is less hissy, spitty and noisy – we always blame hiss and brightness on the recording and some even blame the tweeter without realising it is not.

c) reconditions the wholesome and life in the music – bad power thins out music and robs the life out of what would have been a good performance.

d) makes future upgrades worth every penny - a good foundation paths the way to  realising that high-end is not about snake oil (unfortunately some may be). when a system is able to show it’s full potential, we can judge better if an upgrade is worth the invesment. without power management, changing an equipment could only give you a measly 10% improvement (suprisingly yet people accept, as is), whilst with it’s price-tag, it’s claimed to give you a huge difference (50%-100% at least).

CAPM is not easily understood. That is the reason why nobody sells the idea. There is really nothing to see or touch. Only seasoned, winning competitors and some exhibitors may use them as a secret weapon. Now, it’s about time you understand and upgrade your weapons too….

What say you?