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(Sony XM-554ZR Xplod 600 Watt 4-Channel Amplifier((((((HELP)))))))

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I currently own a (Sony XM-554ZR Xplod 600 Watt 4-Channel Amplifier) and a pair of Sony Xplod 1100 Watt Max 10" Subwoofers. How do i hook them up to the amp?

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  • Your best bet is just to get a new amp, preferably something that outputs ~600W RMS @ 2ohms.

    Your current amp is a low power 4ch amp, and not really suited for subwoofer applications. Even at best case scenario, wiring each sub bridged across two channels, you will only get 130W RMS to each sub, or ~43% of the sub's rated power of 300W RMS. It will look like this.

    Personally, I would amp your main speakers (if they are aftermarket) with the 4ch and just get a decent amp for your subs.

    Since you didn't list any model numbers, I'm guessing that you have a pair of the hexagonal red Sony XSL100P5W subs, so my recommendations are based off this assumption. Please correct this if I am mistaken...

    02 BMW 330Ci

    Alpine DVA-9965, and a mix of stuff

    12 Ford F-150

    In progress: Pioneer DEH-80PRS HU -> DLS RA40 amp -> Seas G18RNX woofers & SB Acoustics SB29 tweeters

  • I hate to burst your bubble, but your subs, as stated already, ave the following specs;

    • 10" Single 4 Ohms Xplod Series Subwoofer
    • Power Handling:
      • Peak: 1100 watts
      • RMS: 300 watts
    • Impedance: Single 4 ohms
    • Pentagon-shaped polypropylene cone woofer
    • Rubber surround
    • Gold plated binding posts
    • Inner cap clamp between woofer and voice coil
    • 4-Layer edge-wound single 4 ohm voice coil
    • Frequency response: 25-2800 Hz
    • Sensitivity: 88 dB

    Your current amp has these specs;

    • 4-Channel Class AB Car Amplifier
    • RMS Power Rating:
      • 4 ohms: 55 watts x 4 chan.
      • 2 ohms: 65 watts x 4 chan.
      • Bridged, 4 ohms: 130 watts x 2 chan.
    • Max power output: 150 watts x 4 chan.
    • MOSFET power supply
    • LED power and protection indicators
    • Bridgeable operation
    • Speaker-level inputs with signal sensing for automatic turn-on
    • Toroidal transformer
    • Chrome-plated RCA level inputs
    • Chrome-plated screw terminals
    • Fixed high-pass filter (80 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
    • Fixed low-pass filter (80 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
    • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
    • Frequency response: 5-50000 Hz
    • Dimensions: 18.5"L x 13.5"W x 4.5"H
    • 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended.

    Now the amp you're looking at has these specs;

    • ZR Series 2-Channel Power Amplifier
    • RMS Power Rating:
      • 4 ohms: 125 watts x 2 chan.
      • 2 ohms: 170 watts x 2 chan.
      • Bridged, 4 ohms: 340 watts x 1 chan.
    • Max power output: 800 watts
    • Pulse power supply
    • OTL (output transformerless circuit) circuit
    • LED power/protection indicator
    • Bass Boost (0-10 dB at 40 Hz)
    • High-level sensing power on feature
    • RCA inputs
    • Gold plated speaker terminals
    • High level input connector
    • Speaker terminal outputs
    • High-pass filter (80 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
    • Low-pass filter (80 Hz, 18 dB/octave)
    • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
    • Frequency response: 5-50,000 Hz
    • Dimensions: 15-5/8L x 10-1/8W x 2-3/4H
    • 4-gauge power and ground wiring is required for installation.

    You'd be no better off using that 2 channel amp to power BOTH subs, but it could easily power one. However, that's just a waste of time and money buying that amp, hooking it up, and merely having the power to use just one of your subs.

    I'm not a big Sony car audio fan, I've owned one of their HUs and a set of 6 3/4" speakers is all, but if you wish to stick with Sony, which is your choice, you could look around for a XM-1S or get a  XM-ZZR3301. If you don't much care what brand it is, so long as it works and sounds good, then you probably have hundreds of amps to choose from both new to used dating back numerous years. Currently Crutchfield has two other amps that could prove to be decent choices for less than $200. They have the Alpine MRP-M500 and Sound Ordnance M-1500, both amps are only rated at 500RMS@2Ohms, but they are CEA Certified to put out no less than that rated power (however, the Sony linked to above is CEA Certified as well).

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  • Your best bet is just to get a new amp, preferably something that outputs ~600W RMS @ 2ohms.

    Your current amp is a low power 4ch amp, and not really suited for subwoofer applications. Even at best case scenario, wiring each sub bridged across two channels, you will only get 130W RMS to each sub, or ~43% of the sub's rated power of 300W RMS. It will look like this.

    Personally, I would amp your main speakers (if they are aftermarket) with the 4ch and just get a decent amp for your subs.

    Since you didn't list any model numbers, I'm guessing that you have a pair of the hexagonal red Sony XSL100P5W subs, so my recommendations are based off this assumption. Please correct this if I am mistaken...

    02 BMW 330Ci

    Alpine DVA-9965, and a mix of stuff

    12 Ford F-150

    In progress: Pioneer DEH-80PRS HU -> DLS RA40 amp -> Seas G18RNX woofers & SB Acoustics SB29 tweeters

  • you are right about the subs they are XS-L100P5W. thanks for the info but what amp would you prefer then. i saw a sony xm zr1252 for sale. would that work?

  • Since you like Sony, maybe this -

    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_158ZZR3301/Sony-Xplod-XM-ZZR3301.html?tp=115

     

    GLH Geeked

  • I hate to burst your bubble, but your subs, as stated already, ave the following specs;

    • 10" Single 4 Ohms Xplod Series Subwoofer
    • Power Handling:
      • Peak: 1100 watts
      • RMS: 300 watts
    • Impedance: Single 4 ohms
    • Pentagon-shaped polypropylene cone woofer
    • Rubber surround
    • Gold plated binding posts
    • Inner cap clamp between woofer and voice coil
    • 4-Layer edge-wound single 4 ohm voice coil
    • Frequency response: 25-2800 Hz
    • Sensitivity: 88 dB

    Your current amp has these specs;

    • 4-Channel Class AB Car Amplifier
    • RMS Power Rating:
      • 4 ohms: 55 watts x 4 chan.
      • 2 ohms: 65 watts x 4 chan.
      • Bridged, 4 ohms: 130 watts x 2 chan.
    • Max power output: 150 watts x 4 chan.
    • MOSFET power supply
    • LED power and protection indicators
    • Bridgeable operation
    • Speaker-level inputs with signal sensing for automatic turn-on
    • Toroidal transformer
    • Chrome-plated RCA level inputs
    • Chrome-plated screw terminals
    • Fixed high-pass filter (80 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
    • Fixed low-pass filter (80 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
    • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
    • Frequency response: 5-50000 Hz
    • Dimensions: 18.5"L x 13.5"W x 4.5"H
    • 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended.

    Now the amp you're looking at has these specs;

    • ZR Series 2-Channel Power Amplifier
    • RMS Power Rating:
      • 4 ohms: 125 watts x 2 chan.
      • 2 ohms: 170 watts x 2 chan.
      • Bridged, 4 ohms: 340 watts x 1 chan.
    • Max power output: 800 watts
    • Pulse power supply
    • OTL (output transformerless circuit) circuit
    • LED power/protection indicator
    • Bass Boost (0-10 dB at 40 Hz)
    • High-level sensing power on feature
    • RCA inputs
    • Gold plated speaker terminals
    • High level input connector
    • Speaker terminal outputs
    • High-pass filter (80 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
    • Low-pass filter (80 Hz, 18 dB/octave)
    • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
    • Frequency response: 5-50,000 Hz
    • Dimensions: 15-5/8L x 10-1/8W x 2-3/4H
    • 4-gauge power and ground wiring is required for installation.

    You'd be no better off using that 2 channel amp to power BOTH subs, but it could easily power one. However, that's just a waste of time and money buying that amp, hooking it up, and merely having the power to use just one of your subs.

    I'm not a big Sony car audio fan, I've owned one of their HUs and a set of 6 3/4" speakers is all, but if you wish to stick with Sony, which is your choice, you could look around for a XM-1S or get a  XM-ZZR3301. If you don't much care what brand it is, so long as it works and sounds good, then you probably have hundreds of amps to choose from both new to used dating back numerous years. Currently Crutchfield has two other amps that could prove to be decent choices for less than $200. They have the Alpine MRP-M500 and Sound Ordnance M-1500, both amps are only rated at 500RMS@2Ohms, but they are CEA Certified to put out no less than that rated power (however, the Sony linked to above is CEA Certified as well).

  • neve heard of the

    Sound Ordnance™ M-1500

    but i second the mrp-m500.. great little nice clean amp.. the sound ordnance also sounds good and very good for that price!

    JVC KD-AVX44, 2 Massive Audio Hippo 8's , Hifonics Colossus going back in soon, MB Quart ONX216, Fli audio FL450S-F2, Energy ENC693x2 in rear deck, 6 gauge kit plus a huge 3 gauge kit. Custom built box for my 8's :)

  • Thanks for your help everyone, at least i know what to look for now.