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Old 10-18-2012, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I already have Sony Xplod speakers in my car but I wanna add a sub. I was leaning towards going with a Kicker CVR 12. I want to run the speakers off of one amp and the sub off another. The front speakers have a 4 ohm impedence and a 270 W cap and the rear have a 4 ohm impedence and a 160 W cap. The sub is a Dual 2 ohm voice coil with a max of 800 W. Any help with what amp to buy is helpful.
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So I already have Sony Xplod speakers in my car but I wanna add a sub. I was leaning towards going with a Kicker CVR 12. I want to run the speakers off of one amp and the sub off another. The front speakers have a 4 ohm impedence and a 270 W cap and the rear have a 4 ohm impedence and a 160 W cap. The sub is a Dual 2 ohm voice coil with a max of 800 W. Any help with what amp to buy is helpful.
Just so you know, watts as far as audio is useless... The important number is the RMS rating...

What kind of budget are you looking at?
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm willing to go up to 200 for an amp. And the RMS for the speakers is 50W on both and on the sub its 400W
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Do you have size/footprint in mind to address your space requirements? Precision Power makes some good budget-friendly amps IME.

Precision Power PPI BK 340.4 340W RMS 4-Ch Class A/B Black Ice Car Amp

EDIT: sub-amp would need to drive 400W RMS at 4ohm or 1ohm load (since your sub is 2ohm DVC - wire in series or parallel). Matching sub-amp is not critical, but if you want a consistent look/theme, the matching PPI amp could be this one:

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...-BK650.1D.html

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I'm willing to go up to 200 for an amp. And the RMS for the speakers is 50W on both and on the sub its 400W
$200 for both a mono and 4 channel is low (if thats per amp then you can work with it)... So used would be your best option if you go that route... You can also look at getting a 5 channel but once again to get ones that are decent you will need to go used
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My assumption was 200 per amp, but otherwise, yeah, hard to get.
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You should find the amp I picked up, Alpine MRX-V60, 5 Channel
Amazon.com: MRX-V60 - Alpine 5-Channel Subwoofer Amplifier: Car Electronics Amazon.com: MRX-V60 - Alpine 5-Channel Subwoofer Amplifier: Car Electronics
it's a class D and will run everything you want. It'll be a little weak on the sub channel but if $200 is your budget for both amps that would probably be your perfect solution to run all your speakers.

I originally had the same plan as you but I've decided to go up a step and put a set of components up front and fade out my rears and run them through the HU for when I need them.
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I meant 200 for each amp. And if I did get the 5 channel then how much would that push to each?
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It would usually be less RMS then getting a 4 Channel and a Mono separately but you can find some nice 5 channels that will push 50-100 RMS x 4 + 200-300RMS Sub that would fall right into your price range. Just shop around and find what will work best for your goals i.e. RMS ratings, Physical Space usage, built in crossover etc...
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I meant 200 for each amp. And if I did get the 5 channel then how much would that push to each?
Perfect... Go with Papasin's suggestion as those are wonderful amps

Since your 200 per amp then I would say defiantly go 4 channel and mono.
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Listen to Rdubbs I had a alpine pdx5 and regret selling it
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I have nothing against 5-channel amps...actually will be using the successor to the pdx-5 (the pdx-v9) in another build (more power, shorter by 20% compared to the pdx-5). For hiding under a seat, definitely a better solution.

However, if you have the room, using a separate 4-channel and monoblock gives you more choices. And if one goes out, you only have to replace that part that went out. Just food for thought...
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Considering your budget I would stick with Papasin's suggestion! I just thought it was $200 total, and 5 channels are great and a lot of people are using them but like papasin said, you have more options for all the fun things that you can do in your vehicle! Plus you'll be feeding really clean and efficient power with those amps

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Thanks for the feed back, I'll post an update if anything happens seeing as Im away at school right now.
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