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Ok so i have a panasonic cq-c1300u HU and right now i am running my four interior speakers, 2 6x9s and 2 6.5s both infinity, off of the HU and running a 2 channel amp, sony xm2200gtx, connected to the HU to power 2 12inch infinity subs. I want to add a four channel amp to power the interior speakers because the quality could be better and the noise of the subs over power the interior speakers. I understand how to power both amps by using a fused distributor block to split the 4 awg to two 8awg. I have a few questions that need answering though.
1.) Do i need a distribution block for the grounds or can I get away without one?
2.) How do i connect the amp to the HU, do I have enough pre amps? (please give me all realistic and quality options)
3.) what guage wire should i use for connecting the speakers to the amp?
4.) Are there any other helpfu suggestions or thoughts that anyone has to help me out solving the hook up problem and the noise over power problem?
Thank you for your help, please phrase yur answers so I can grasp the concepts. I like to think i have a fairly decent amount experience and knowledge in this field, but the more simple the better.
2002 Ford Focus JVC KD-A815 Sony CDX-GT410u Sony XT-100HD HD Tuner Stock speakers, no amp, no subs
you will not need the y-cables if you use the rca outputs on the new amp to run the sony amp... you can run 2 sets of rca's from the receiver to the new amp and then one set from the new amp to the old one . hope this helps
|------------| |-------------------| |-------------|| hu |================| new amp |----------|old amp ||_______| |___________| |________| (something like this)
I suspect that the "crossovers" you are referring to are actually bass blockers. They do exactly what the name implies. If you are running, say, 5" components with a subwoofer, you want to prevent very low frequencies from reaching the mid-bass driver. Extremely low frequencies could damage it, or at the very least muddy up the sound. If your amplifier does not have a high pass crossover built into it and you don't have the room for an external electronic crossover, then you could put the bass blocker on the speaker to protect it and block the unwanted frequencies. There are two schools of thought to this. Some people believe that every electronic device in the chain adds some distortion to the signal and run pure amps with no crossovers in them, using passive crossovers to do the work instead. Others consider the added noise to be minimal and passive crossovers to be power wasters, so they go electronic. Most of us end up with a combination of the two.
I dont have components so using my head units HPF and LPFs, with all amps set to pass-thru and no bass blockers have worked well. (though I suspect that coaxials have passovers built in)
G Mo Fo Sho:Some stuff 3.) what guage wire should i use for connecting the speakers to the amp?
I use 10 gauge for my subwoofers and 16 gauge for the full range.
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